The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) credit by exam program gives individuals the opportunity to receive college credit for learning acquired outside of the traditional college classroom.

There are 30+ subject standardized DSST exams offered in diverse subject areas such as health, ethics, finance and technology.  For a list of DSST exams that Washburn awards credit for visit: DSST Credit Opportunities at WU

DSST exams can help you save TIME and MONEY.

 A satisfactory score on a DSST exam can earn you 3 college credits.

At $125, a DSST exam is a fraction of the tuition for a college course.

Interested in taking a DSST exam?  See below for more specific information.

How to Register: 

Schedule an appointment for an exam by contacting the Center for Prior Learning and Testing at testing@washburn.edu or 785.670.1227


$100 plus $25 administration fee = $125 total
Note – Eligible military service members or eligible spouses are funded by DANTES and are not required to pay the testing fee, see DANTES Funding Guide

Items to Bring: 

  • Current government-issued identification that includes your photo and signature
  • Payment for exam

Note - 2 forms of ID are required for military/veteran students including a military ID.
Individuals may not test without appropriate identification.

Format of the exam: 

Computerized, 1 ½ - 2 hours in length
Note – Some exams may include an essay, which is written by paper/pencil

Test preparation:

DSST - https://getcollegecredit.com/testprep/

To learn more about the DSST program including test preparation, practice exams, exam fact sheets and technical information, visit the official DSST site.

View Washburn's Credit for Prior Learning Policies.

Questions? Contact:
Center for Prior Learning and Testing, Mabee Library Room 218
testing@washburn.edu or 785.670.1227

GET IN TOUCH WITH Prior Learning and Testing

Center for Prior Learning & Testing
Mabee Library Room 218
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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