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DSST Credit by Exam Program

Option for:  Current students | High school students | International students | Military and veteran students | Transfer students


The DSST program allows students to demonstrate prior learning and earn college credit. These tests were developed by the United States Department of Defense, and are available to all students. 

Credit you can earn

More information about the DSST program is available at

DSST subject exams and credit awarded
Test subject Score Courses (credit hours)
Ethics in America 400+ Philosophy 1300 (3)
Introduction to Religions 400+ Comparative World Religions Studies, SPL (3)
Astronomy 400+ Astronomy 1140 (3)


Take a DSST exam at the Testing Center

  • First, register with DSST. An $100 exam fee is paid to DSST when you register.
  • Then, register online for DSST exams at the Testing Center.
  • An administration fee of $50 is paid during the registration process. Administration fees (not exam fees) are waived for active-duty and reserve military personnel.


Steps to get your scores sent and credit posted

To earn credit for DSST scores request to have your official score report sent to recipient code #9264, The Ohio State University Testing Center, 585 Student Academic Services Building, 281 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Go to to view your credits, advising report and degree audit. For help, contact your academic advisor.