DSST Testing

The Testing Center administers DSST exams (formerly known as DANTES) for Bucks students and the general public. Testing takes place at our Newtown Campus Testing Center only in the Rollins Center, Room 100.

A current government issued ID (e.g., a driver's license, non-driver's State ID card, or passport) is required for any test at the Bucks Testing Center. 

You will be asked to indicate the code for the school that you wish to have your DSST exam transcripts sent to.

Preparing for a DSST Examination

Even when you feel confident of your knowledge of the material, be sure to prepare for the exam. Download free individual Fact Sheets for each DSST exam. The current edition of the Official DSST Test Preparation Guide is in the reference section of the Bucks Library at all three campuses and it is also available for purchase in the Bookstore.

Bucks Students

While the Testing Center at Bucks administers all DSST exams, only the exams listed here may be taken to challenge the associated Bucks course. Scores at or above the minimum will lead to equivalent credit for the associated Bucks course, but no letter grade will be awarded. Students who do not achieve the minimum score must wait at least 90 days to repeat the exam. Credit awarded from a DSST exam will not replace a course grade that is on your Bucks transcript.

Students will need to work with two areas of the College for the process of challenging a Bucks course by standardized exam:

1) DSST EXAM REGISTRATION

The total fee for each exam is $105 ($80 for the exam and $25 for administration fees). $80 per exam will be paid on the testing day by Visa, Master Card or American Express. You will be directed to PayPal upon completing this registration to make your $25 administrative fee payment. Please print out and bring your paid
receipt with you on the day of your exam.

The fees for this exam are non-transferable/non-refundable. Students that reschedule an appointment will be required to pay the $25 administrative fee again.

Identification:

All test takers are required to present a valid form of identification to take an exam. The identification must be non-expired, government-issued (driver’s license, state-issued identification card, passport, or military identification card) and must have your current photo and signature and exactly match the name used to register for the exam. Military personnel are required to show a military ID and a U.S. government or state photo ID.

You must have a valid Visa, MasterCard or  American Express on the day of your DSST  exam so that you can make the $80 payment for the exam you are taking.

You will not be able to proceed with the exam before making payment or without acceptable ID.

Please remember to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your exam.

Please register, schedule and pay the Testing Center's $25.00 administrative fee by clicking on the link below:

 DSST REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

 All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 2) The Office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Complete the top portion and Section 1 of the PLA Application, also available online, read and sign the back and return it to Student Services.

When the Office of Prior Learning Assessment is in receipt of both your PLA Application and DSST transcript showing a score at or above the cut-off a proposal for you to receive equivalent credit for the Bucks course you are challenging is processed. When that Equivalent Credit Award is fully signed and approved it is sent to Records for transcribing and a follow up email is sent to the student. There will be no grade(s) associated with the course(s) and the code “CL” will be indicated where the grade would be.

Credit based upon examination may not be transferable. However, many colleges and universities will have a similar process for awarding equivalent credit based upon DSST results. You can request that Prometric (the test publisher) submit official DSST transcripts to your transfer institution and work directly with the transfer institution to request that they consider them for credit.

Bucks students should familiarize themselves with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Bucks to ensure that they meet and follow the eligibility guidelines and do not miss any potential opportunities to pursue equivalent credit.

General Public

General Public should submit the DSST Application with payment directly to the Testing Center to schedule their exam(s).

Courses Open to Challenge by DSST Exam

Department of the Arts
Hicks 125 · (215) 968-8425

Bucks Course

DSST Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

VAFA192

Art of Western World

48

3

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 · (215) 968-8227

Bucks Course

DSST Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

MGMT100

Introduction to Business

46

3

MGMT120

Business Mathematics

48

3

MGMT140

Principles of Supervision

46

3

MGMT200

Organizational Behavior

48

3

MGMT250

Human Resource Management

46

3

Department of Language and Literature
Penn 105 · (215) 968-8150

Bucks Course

DSST Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

COMP114

Technical Writing

46

3

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Founders 113A · (215) 968-8305

Bucks Course

DSST Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

MATH115

Principles of Statistics

48

3

Department of Social and Behavioral Science
Penn 301 · (215) 968-8270

Bucks Course

DSST Exam

Minimum Score

Credit Hours

CRIJ100

Criminal Justice

49

3

CRIJ250

Introduction to Law Enforcement 

45

3