What is a DSST?

The DSST Program (formerly known as DANTES) is designed to help active duty military and civilian students reach their educational goals faster and at a lower cost. DSST Tests are computer based, nationally recognized and provides students the opportunity to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college classroom. The program consists of exams in 47 undergraduate college courses. 

Fully Funded Testing Site:

DSST Exams are now available for free to the following eligible military and civilian personnel:  

  • Military personnel (Active Duty and Reserve) - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard.

  • Eligible civilian employees and spouses of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel. 

Why take DSST exams?

Students take DSST exams to save time and money, move right into advanced courses, graduate on time, and satisfy a proficiency requirement. Many students save time and money by taking DSST exams to gain college credit for what they already know whether it was learned by independent study, advanced high school courses, professional development, or occupation skills.

Taking DSST exams can provide students the opportunity to satisfy prerequisite courses and move into the advance courses.Click HERE to obtain a listing of DSST exams administered at UAA. Study Material. DSST Official Study materials can be obtained at www.getcollegecredit.com/testprep.html


DSST testing is done at the  Advising and Testing Center, Located at the South Entrance in the University Center Mall, Room 112.   Schedule an appointment online  or  by phone: 907-786-4525 at least 24 hours in advance.  DSST Speech test requires a private room and must be scheduled by phone 907-786-4525.


The cost of a DSST exam is $100.00, which is covered in two separate payments:

  • $15.00 to the University of Alaska Anchorage (test registration fee) 

  • $85.00 to PROMETRIC (This fee cannot be prepaid. You will pay this fee at the Testing Center on the day of your scheduled test via credit card)

The $15.00 test registration fee may be paid at Cashiering, located in the University Center prior to taking your exam.


You may pre-register and pay the $15.00 test registration fee online.  There will be a $3.00 convenience fee charged for this service. 

DSST School Code

All testers will need a 4 digit school code in order to take the exam.  UAA School code is 9043.  If you are taking DSST for another school,  lookup your code here before coming into the testing center.