The DSST Program (formerly known as the DANTES Program) is a credit-by-exam testing program provided by Prometric,Inc.
Colleges, universities, and corporations use the DSST Program to measure knowledge in a particular subject area. Based on the achievement of a passing test score, candidates can receive college credit and continuing education credit to speed themselves to competency and life changing credentials. Each institution determines its passing score requirements for a DSST.
The use of the DSST Program has grown precipitously since 1982, and currently there are approximately 1,900 colleges and universities that recognize the Prometric DSST program and award college credit to students who obtain a passing score. At the same time, more than 100,000 candidates have taken the tests annually.
The DSST Program offers over 30 test titles in a wide range of college-level academic, technical, and business subjects.
Some of the test areas are in subjects that people may have been introduced to through a hobby or special interest (e.g.,astronomy, anthropology, and art), while other tests cover material that individuals have learned on the job, such as financial accounting, banking, personnel supervision, and law enforcement.
In summary, non-traditional returning adults, corporate trainees, as well as military members, use DSST on a regular basis.