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®. 

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.



USM Equivalencies for DSST Passing Scores

Here is a list of DSST exams given at USM 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.

  • Student veterans who are receiving funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be able to have their initial testing fees (including the test administration fee charged by USM) reimbursed by the VA.  Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should contact Lorrie Spaulding, Director of USM's Veteran Services, at or 207-780-5232.

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

  • Complete the registration form. This form is emailed directly to our Testing Associate, Vicki Meserve ( After receiving your form, Vicki will contact you by email or phone to set up a time for you to come in for your test.

  • Please be aware that testing times are limited, especially at the beginning and the end of the semester.  The best way to ensure you are able to take the test on your preferred date is to register well ahead of time.  

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:

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

DSSTCredit from previous testing attempts

If you took your DSST exam at another location, you can complete this 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 your transcript sent to:

Prior Learning Assessment
University of Southern Maine
253 Luther Bonney Hall, P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300

If you are a military student who has DSST scores listed on the Joint Services Trasnscript (JST), it is not necessary to send an official DSST transcript in addition to your JST. Your military transcript acts as official record of your DSST exam score(s).


DSST Website
DSST Test Preparation
DSST Course Equivalencies at USM 7-1-19
DSST Transcript Order Form