DANTES / DSST exams : Even civilians can earn college credit!

If you are like me, you look for ways to save money when attending college. Although most of us know to shop for used textbooks and test out of courses with CLEP exams, those of us with no military background may have little, if any, knowledge of DANTES/DSST exams. 

Until recently, DANTES exams (now known as DSST exams) were only for military personnel. Lucky for us civilians, now we get to take advantage of these exams, too! Why is this a good thing? More choices, of course! 

I stumbled onto this knowledge just this week when I was looking for a way to test out of my required Public Speaking course. My first choice was Portfolio credit (life experience credit) since I have extensive public speaking experience, but unfortunately, Columbia College doesn’t offer life experience credit for Public Speaking. They do, however, award credit for the DSST exam, Principles of Public Speaking. 🙂 Since no CLEP exam exists for Speech/Public Speaking, you can see why looking into DANTES/DSST exams is a good thing! 

UPDATE 3/31/08: I just received my score back on the DSST Public Speaking exam and I passed. Woo hoo! I highly recommend this exam to ANYONE wanting to test out of a required speech course. That said, check with your school first! Columbia College honors DANTES/DSST exam credit, but your institution might not.

DANTES exam / DSST exam subjects:

  1. Fundamentals of College Algebra
  2. Principles of Statistics
  3. Art of the Western World
  4. Western Europe Since 1945
  5. Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  6. Human/Cultural Geography
  7. Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
  8. A History of the Vietnam War
  9. The Civil War and Reconstruction
  10. Foundations of Education
  11. Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  12. General Anthropology
  13. Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  14. Introduction to Law Enforcement
  15. Criminal Justice
  16. Fundamentals of Counseling
  17. Principles of Finance
  18. Principles of Financial Accounting
  19. Human Resource Management
  20. Organizational Behavior
  21. Principles of Supervision
  22. Business Law II
  23. Introduction to Computing
  24. Introduction to Business
  25. Money and Banking
  26. Personal Finance
  27. Management Information Systems
  28. Business Mathematics
  29. Astronomy
  30. Here’s to Your Health
  31. Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
  32. Principles of Physical Science I
  33. Physical Geology
  34. Technical Writing
  35. Ethics in America
  36. Introduction to World Religions
  37. Principles of Public Speaking

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Source: DSST exam website

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