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DSST Examination Program

For students completing the A.A.G.S. or B.G.S. degrees

Call the General Studies office at (574) 520-4260 for more information or to schedule an exam at least two weeks prior to anticipated test date.  These exams are considered transfer credit. The grade of S (Satisfactory) is recorded on your transcript; failures are not recorded.You must wait 90 days from the last test date to retake a failed exam.  No more than 15 credits toward the AAGS and no more than 30 credits toward the BGS may be awarded for the successful completion of external exams such as CLEP and DSST. Credits earned through DSST are only applicable to General Studies degrees.

General Studies Degree students may take DSST exams in the General Studies Test Center (DW 2220). The cost per exam is $100.00, which includes:

  • $80.00 exam fee, payable to Prometric by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express).
  • $20.00 service fee, which will be billed to your IU South Bend student account

Fact Sheets outlining the topics covered, a sample test, and a bibliography for each test are available at:

Official Score Reports

IU South Bend must receive an official score report or an official transcript from Prometric to award credit for the successful completion of a DSST exam.

  • Upon registration, you must enter code 9556 as the Institutional Score Report to have the official score report sent to IU South Bend in order to receive credit
  • Failure to enter 9556 as the Institutional Score Report will result in having to order and pay for an official transcript from Prometric in order to receive credit
  • Receipt of official score reports and posting credit to the IU South Bend transcript can take up to six weeks. If you are taking DSST exams in your final semester, please adhere to the following deadlines:
    • May Graduates: complete exams no later than March 31
    • August Graduates: complete exams no later than July 15
    • December Graduates: complete exams no later than October 31
DSST
Exam
Code
Exam Title
Minimum
Score
Required
Credits
IU Subject
Area
Course
Number
DSST Exams Accepted by IU South Bend General Studies Degree Program
Arts and Humanities
461 Art of the Western World 48 3 FINA-UN 100
465 Western Europe since 1945 45 3 HIST-UN 100
469 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 47 3 HIST-UN 100
473 A History of the Vietnam War 44 3 HIST-UN 300
471 Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 45 3 HIST-UN 300
483 The Civil War and Reconstruction 47 3 HIST-UN 300
474 Ethics in America* 400 3 PHIL-UN 300
496 Introduction to World Religions* 400 3 REL-UN 300
Science and Mathematics
500 Astronomy 48 3 AST-UN 100
536 Introduction to Computing* 400 3 CSCI-UN 100
519 Physical Geology 46 3 GEOL-UN 100
450 Principles of Statistics* 400 3 MATH-UN 100
512 Principles of Physical Science I 47 3 PHYS-UN 100
Social and Behavioral Sciences
494 General Anthropology 47 3 ANTH-UN 100
497 Introduction to Law Enforcement 45 3 CJUS-UN 300
498 Criminal Justice* 400 3 CJUS-UN 300
470 Human/Cultural Geography 48    3 GEOG-UN 100
490 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 46 3 PSY-UN 100
Professional School Electives
525 Principles of Financial Accounting 47 3 BUS-UN 100
530 Human Resource Management 46 3 BUS-UN 100
531 Organizational Behavior 48 3 BUS-UN 100
543 Introduction to Business* 400 3 BUS-UN 100
550 Personal Finance* 400 3 BUS-UN 100
812 Business Mathematics* 400 3 BUS-UN 100
475 Business Ethics and Society* 400 3 BUS-UN 300
524 Principles of Finance* 400 3 BUS-UN 300
532 Principles of Supervision* 400 3 BUS-UN 100
534 Business Law II 44 3 BUS-UN 300
548 Money and Banking 48 3 BUS-UN 300
551 Management Information Systems* 400 3 BUS-UN 300
489 Foundations of Education 46 3 EDUC-UN 100
562 Fundamentals of Counseling 45 3 EDUC-UN 100
495 Substance Abuse* 400 3 HPER-UN 300
508 Here's To Your Health* 400 3 HPER-UN 300
511 Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 46 3 SPEA-UN 100
820 Technical Writing 46 3 UNDI-UN 100

*Exams annotated with an asterisk (*) were updated and are being administered under a new scoring system.