Each DSST exam costs $80. In addition, the OSU-Tulsa Testing Center's administration fee (payable to OSU-Tulsa) is $20 for exams without an essay portion and $35 for exams with essays. The DSST fee can be paid by credit card only. The administration fee can be paid by cash or money order. The DSST examination fee is waived for all eligible military personnel with proper identification; however, military personnel are required to pay the administration fee.
DSST exams are offered Monday through Friday during Testing Center hours. Students taking an exam with an essay portion must start the exam no later than noon. Exams with essays cannot be taken on Wednesdays. DSST exams will not be offered during finals week. Students who wish to take the Public Speaking exam must request it in advance and allow two weeks for delivery to the Testing Center. The exam must be taken within 45 days of receipt at the Testing Center.
Appointments are preferred to ensure available space. Contact the Testing Center to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but a space cannot be guaranteed without an appointment.
Students must present a valid form of government-issued identification before being permitted to take an exam. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, current passport, state-issued identification card or military identification.
The nationally recognized DSST program allows students to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom, for example from reading, on-the-job training or independent study. There are over 37 test titles in the areas of social science, business, mathematics, applied technology, humanities and physical science.
DSST exams are two hours long (unless an essay portion is required), primarily multiple choice (although some exams have fill-in-the-blank questions) and are administered on a computer. It is recommended that examinees create an account at the DSST Program website prior to the day of the exam. To create an account:
DSST now offers the Public Speaking exam online. The exam contains two parts: a multiple choice section and an impromptu persuasive speech. The multiple choice section is untimed; however, most candidates take 45 to 75 minutes. The impromptue speech is given a maximum of 20 minutes; at least 10 minutes of that time should be spent planning the speech. The speech must be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five. If a candidate has time constraints, the two sections of the exam may be taken on different dates but must be taken within 30 days of each other. If a candidate fails either portion of the exam and would like to retake the exam after the 90-day waiting period, both sections must be completed again.
Candidates testing online can receive immediate test results by viewing their unofficial score report at the end of the testing session. Test results can be viewed online by entering the username and password created when the test was taken.
Students may not repeat a DSST examination within 90 days of the testing date. If a student retakes the examination within that time period, the administration will be considered invalid, the score will be canceled and any test fees will not be refunded.
The DSST Program website has several study tools available, including: