Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA DSST- Dantes Exams


DSST exams are delivered by Prometric, Inc. and offer college credit for a number of different subject areas. In large part, the exams do not duplicate the options offered by CLEP®. What started out as an educational aid to military service personnel (Dantes) has now expanded to a universal testing program for any student (DSST).


Getting Started

USM is a testing site open to the general public, which means registration is not restricted to only USM students. Be sure to check with your home institution to learn their minimum cut-off scores and course equivalents. The list below is specific to USM.

Not sure which exam to take? Review the DSST Website: for more information about each of the available exams.


USM Equivalencies for DSST Passing Scores

Click here for a list of DSST exams given at USM are listed below, along with their equivalent credits.


Registering for a DSST Exam at USM

Before registering, keep a couple of things in mind:

  • Check in with your home institution before taking any exam to ensure the test will result in the academic credit you are looking for.

  • Active Duty Military - You test for free! Your DSST registration is free as long as you meet these criteria.

You’ll be able to come in to the USM Testing Center (Luther Bonney, Room 240) after a couple of quick registration steps:

  • Email our Testing Associate, David Vardeman ( to schedule your registration as well as at least two times you would be available to come in to take your exam. For reference, his schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. David is available on Tuesdays from 10 am to 4 pm. If you require a testing time outside of these hours, please let David know.

Helpful Information for Exam Day

DSST has some great resources on their website for test takers. There are fact sheets, study resources, and practice questions. Take a quick look to make sure you are fully prepared for your exam!

When you come in for your exam at USM, you must:

  • Fully review USM’s Test Policies

  • Bring $30 for the test administration fee (we can accept check, cash, or credit card).

  • Have your valid and current driver’s license, passport or other government-issued identification that includes your photograph and signature. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The last name on your primary ID must match the name on your registration ticket.

  • Acceptable identification: Current passport with name, photograph, and signature; valid driver's license with name, photograph, and signature; state or province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature; national ID with name, photograph, and signature; a tribal ID card; a naturalization card or certificate of citizenship; or see below for home-schoolers.

  • Unacceptable identification:  Credit cards, social security cards (except for military candidates), and school IDs are not acceptable forms of identification.

  • Home-schoolers:  If you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.

  • Military test-takers:  Bring your military ID and Social Security card.

Posting DSST Credit

If you took your exam at the USM Testing Center, passed the exam (based on the equivalency requirements), and are a USM student, you can expect your credits to be posted to your transcript within 24 hours of exam completion (or the next available business day). There is no fee for this service. Your official score report will be sent to USM (as you indicated during registration) and kept in your student file.

If you are not a USM student, your Official Score Transcript will be sent to the school you designated during the registration process. If at any time you need to request a new transcript, you can contact complete the form to request your records directly from DSST. You can also give them a call at 877-471-9860. For your reference, USM’s school code is 9553.

You can have that transcript sent to:

Ashley Collins, PhD

University of Southern Maine

PO Box 9300, Luther Bonney Hall 248

Portland, ME 04104



DSST Website

DSST test preparation

DSST Course Equivalencies at USM

DSST Transcript Order Form

DSST Military Transcript Order Form