Assessment of Prior Learning Fact Sheet: 4
Defense Activity For Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES/DSST)


DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is an acronym for the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support. DANTES examinations enable students to obtain college credit for what they learned on the job, through self-study, personal interest, correspondence courses, or any other means. There are 38 DANTES Subject Standardized Tests covering a wide range of college-level academic, business, and technical subjects. The exams are offered at area colleges and universities. For each test there is a Fact Sheet/Study Guide containing a description of the test content, sample questions, and a list of texts appropriate for review. Fact Sheets can be downloaded from See Exhibit III for a listing of DANTES subject standardized tests. In March 2013 DANTES announced the consolidation of transcripts for all services (other than the Air Force) under the Joint Services Transcript service. Visit:

Category: Testing/transfer.

Type Of Credit Awarded:

Upper or lower level elective or distribution credits to be determined by the Office of Transcript Evaluation.

Maximum Allowable Credit:

A maximum of thirty (30) credits can be earned from DANTES exams of which only 6 can be upper level. A maximum of thirty credits can be earned from all testing/transfer sources.


All DANTES credits must be earned prior to achieving junior status (60 credit hours).


Official DANTES transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Instructions to request transcripts can be found at: Go to for a printable transcript request form and scroll down to the Active Duty Military Members & Spouses section for the link under Military Downloads.

Prometric, ATTN: DSST Transcript Request
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, MN 55108.
Tel: Toll Free: (877) 471-9860


There is a charge for each DANTES examination and a fee for each DANTES transcript.