DANTES/DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)


  1. Students may take only one DSST exam during a scheduled testing session.
  2. The Principles of Public Speaking exam:
    • Part One – Multiple Choice consists of one hundred (100), multiple-choice questions to be completed within a two-hour time limit. The part one score is not shown at the completion of the test by the DSST/Prometric software (this setting is NOT determined by MGA Testing Services).
    • Part Two — Speech consists of an impromptu, three-to-five minute persuasive speech that is digitally recorded and scored by human raters. Occasionally a candidate may be offered the opportunity to complete part two immediately following the completion of part one if there is a recording appointment is available. However, most candidates must schedule with the proctor for a future date and time to complete part two.
    • A candidate must pass both parts of the test in order to get credit for the exam.
    • There is a 90-day waiting period before attempting this test subject again set by the vendor.
    • The Department of Defense/DANTES only pays for a military member's first attempt of the test.
    • For more information, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.
  3. To view a complete list of all DSST exams, please visit www.getcollegecredit.com.

How to Register for a DSST Test

There are two fees for each DSST examination taken.
  • DSST charges $80 for the examination and Middle Georgia State University charges a $25 administration fee.
  • The $80 fee is waived for active-duty personnel, reserve members, and National Guard members. Proper military ID is required for this fee waiver.
  • The DSST charge is paid using a credit card during test registration on the day of the examination.
  • The MGA charge is paid prior to taking the test and can be paid in the main Business Office, the satellite Business Office inside the Registrar's office or to a member of the Academic Testing staff during check in. Note the testing staff can accept only cash or checks.

Students should check the college catalog for course equivalents, passing scores, and hours awarded for each test. Also, students should consult with their advisor prior to taking any credit examination to ensure it fits into their degree plan.

DANTES/DSST sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Click here to check the current testing calendar. You can also reserve a space online by clicking here.

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