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What is DSST? 

DSST (formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is a nationally recognized credit-by-examination program offered by Prometric. By passing a DSST exam, students have the opportunity to earn college credit at many colleges, including College of Lake County

DSST exams cover material taught in six subject areas:

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

For more information about specific exams available, go to the DSST website:

How Do I Earn College Credit with DSST?

Each college/university has its own policy regarding which DSST exams will be accepted for credit, as well as how much credit will be awarded for a DSST exam.

Anyone may register to take a DSST exam at the College of Lake County.  However, CLC grants CLC course credit for DSST exams only to students enrolled at CLC.  Students hoping to transfer credit earned through DSST to another school should check with the transfer school to determine its policy toward earning credit-by-exam before registering to take their DSST exam at CLC. 

Which DSST Exams Will CLC Accept for Credit?

The College of Lake County offers its students the opportunity to earn college credit for many DSST exams.

View information on specific DSST exams accepted for credit at the College of Lake County.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know About How CLC Handles DSST Credit?

College of Lake County Board Policy states that earning credit-by-exam is:

  • Not to exceed a total of thirty (30) semester hours required toward the completion of an Associate degree
  • Not to exceed one-half (½) of the semester hours required toward completion of a certificate
  • Not to count toward satisfying fifteen (15) semester hours general residency requirement for the Associate degree

Please note:  Earning credit-by-exam through DSST has no effect on a student’s grade point average (GPA) at CLC.

How Do I Register for a DSST Exam at CLC?

DSST exams are offered by appointment at each of the CLC Testing Center locations. Please visit the DSST Scheduling and Registration page for testing schedules, registration procedures, identification requirements and other information.

How Much Does it Cost to take a DSST Exam?

  • The DSST test fee is $100 total.
    • $80 per test paid to College Board at the DSST website:
    • $20 per test administration fee paid to the CLC Cashier (non-refundable, non-transferrable).

Note: Fees and testing requirements are subject to change at the discretion of Prometric.

For additional advisement and information on earning college credit by taking DSST exams, please contact one of the College of Lake County’s academic division offices, or the Counseling, Advising, & Transfer Center.