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DSST exams are available to anyone who is seeking college credit outside the traditional classroom, including college students, adult learners, high school students and military personnel.  Many confuse DSST with DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support), which is a division of the Department of Defense that provides educational support to military members.  In 2004, the exams were acquired and are now owned and administered by Prometric.

For more information, please see the DSST website: getcollegecredit.com

SIUC awards proficiency credit to students who have passed DSST exams with the ACE recommended score, which is 400 for all exams.  Upon receipt of the test scores, the appropriate course articulation will be awarded to the student's record.  If test scores for new freshman are received after orientation/registration, the student will need to work with their academic advisor to ensure duplicate courses are not taken.  DSST proficiency credit does not carry a grade, and is not used in computing the student's grade point average.  SIUC policy limits the amount of proficiency credit to 30 hours.

Prometric transcripts may be ordered here.

Prometric transcript scores should be sent to:

Articulation & Evaluation
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Student Services Building 0382, Mailcode 4725
1263 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901


Exam Title


Course Equivalent

UCC Category



Business Ethics and Society 400 ACCT 414 - Business Ethics   3
Business Mathematics 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Human Resource Management 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Introduction to Business 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Computing and Information Technology
(Formerly Introduction to Computing)
Management Information Systems 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Money and Banking 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Organizational Behavior 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Personal Finance 400 FIN 200 - Personal Finance  Social Science 3
Principles of Finance 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Principles of Supervision 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3


Principles of Advanced English Composition 400 Under Review   3
Ethics in America 400 PHIL 104 - Ethics Humanities 3
Introduction to World Religions 400 HIST 202 - America's Religious Diversity Multicultural 3
Principles of Public Speaking 400 CMST 101 - Intro: Oral Communication Speech 3


Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE 3
Math for Liberal Arts 400 MATH 101 - Intro to Contemporary Math Math 3
Principles of Statistics 400 MATH 282 - Intro to Statistics Math 3

Physical Science

Astronomy 400 PHYS 103 - Astronomy  Physical Science 3
Health and Human Development   
(Formerly Here's to Your Health)
400 HED 101 - Foundations-Human Health Human Health 3
Environmental Science
(Formerly, Environment and Humanity:The Race to Save the Planet)
400 GEOG 100 - Environmental Conversation Social Science 3
Principles of Physical Science I 400 UCC PHYSICAL SCIENCE SUBSTITUTION Physical Science 3

Social Science

A History of the Vietnam War 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Art of the Western World 400 UCC HUMANITIES OR FINE ARTS SUBSTITUTION Humanities or Fine Arts 3
The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Criminal Justice 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Foundations of Education 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
General Anthropology 400 ANTH 104 - The Human Experience Social Science 3
Human/Cultural Geography 400 GEOG 103 - World Geology Social Science 3
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Lifespan Development Psychology 400 UCC SOCIAL SCIENCE SUBSTITUTION Social Science 3
History of the Soviet Union 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Substance Abuse 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
Technical Writing 400 GENERAL ELECTIVE   3
DSST scores were converted from 2-digit to 3-digit scores beginning in 2008.  Minimum passing 2-digit scores for credit ranged from 44-49 depending upon the exam.  Please contact transferservices@siu.edu with questions regarding 2-digit exam scores.

Approval to take exams does not guarantee award of credit. The ACE recommended score must be achieved before student is eligible to receive transfer credit. An official Prometric transcript is required for evaluation of credit. All information on credit by exam is subject to change without notice.

Quick facts on DSST:

  • It's not just for the military
  • Over 35 exams articulated
  • Receive credit for knowledge acquisition