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DSST Authorized Testing Center
AcuSkill is an authorized DSST Test Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Use the scheduling calendar at the bottom of this page to schedule your exam time today!
***CANDIDATES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE OFFICIAL DSST FAQ.***

Exam Fees

There are two fees associated with taking a DSST exam:

Retesting Policy

Canidates will have to pay the DSST exam fee (bring credit/debit card with them) and AcuSkill proctor fee (see calendar below) when retaking any DSST exam.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What are DSST exams?

DSST exam are basically college credit by examination.

  • Exams are offered in more than 30 subjects
  • All exams have been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • DSST exams used to be called DANTES
  • Credits are accepted by over 1,900 institutions
  • Exams are offered at over 1,200 institutions
  • As low as $80 per exam (plus proctor fees)


I am currently in the military, are the exam fees covered?

As an active duty, guard or reserve military member, your first attempt on any DSST exam is funded by DANTES. The proctor fee, usually charged by AcuSkill, is waived on your first attempt.

When booking an exam date and time on the calendar below, you will choose DSST Exam (DANTES Funded).


I am a Military Veteran, can I get reimbursed?

Veterans eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be reimbursed for DSST exams. DSST is an approved VA National Testing Program.


What is the exam fee and duration?

  • The test fee for each title starts at US$80.00, which is only payable by credit card and is a non-refundable expense.
  • You will have up to two hours to complete an examination.


How are my results sent to my College?

  • For most DSST exams, your results will be made available to you at the test center after your examination has been completed.
  • You must provide the correct college code at the time of registration in order to have your official scores sent to the college of your choice.
  • The Institutional Score Report Recipient must contain a valid DSST ID or the report will NOT be printed and mailed and will result in a $30 transcript fee. Valid DSST IDs can be found at http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search/.


What is the Retake policy?

  • If you do not obtain a satisfactory score, you may retake the same exam title 90-days after your last attempt.
  • If you attempt to take a DSST exam title before the wait period has passed, either online or paper, your scores for this examination will be considered invalid, and Prometric will notify the credit-granting institution.
  • Active Duty Military Candidates – Effective 11, December 2010, DANTES does not fund retesting on a previously funded DSST exam title. You may personally fund a retest of the same title.


Can I register and pay for the exam before I arrive to take it?

  • Exam registrations for an actual DSST examination are done at the test center.
  • The first time you sign up for a DSST examination, you have to register as a First Time User, regardless of whether or not you registered for a practice examination previously.
  • The practice exams and actual DSST examinations are completely separate.


What to bring with you on assessment day:

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Service Members

  • Current Armed Forces of the United States Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Valid state or government picture identification with signature (typically a state driverís license), or valid passport.


Eligible Civil Service Personnel

  • A current Armed Forces of the United States Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Valid state or government picture identification with signature (typically a state driverís license) or valid passport
    • OR A Federal Civil Service Identification containing a picture and signature
    • OR A Federal Civil Service Identification (without picture and signature), and one (1) other state or government picture identification with signature (typically a state driverís license, or valid passport).


Eligible Military Spouses

  • A current United States Uniformed Services ID Card


All other Candidates

  • A valid driver's license, passport, or picture student identification card.
  • Candidates will need to bring their Debit/Credit card with them to pay the DSST exam fee when they sit down at the computer to test.


All test takers must present current and valid picture identification such as a driver's license, passport, or picture student identification card.
Expired identification is not acceptable.


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