Testing Center

DSST™ Testing

The Testing Centers have joined forces with the DSST™ Program to provide you with a cost effective, time saving way to use your experience, skills and knowledge gained outside of the conventional classroom to achieve your educational goals and objectives.

Purpose of DSST™

The DSST™ is a useful and efficient way to provide your institution with proof of prior learning. Whether you are a new or existing student, you will find there are many advantages to taking the DSST™, including:

  • Speed up your path to obtaining your degree or certificate
  • Earn college credit for what you already know
  • Save on tuition dollars
  • Test out of introductory courses

According to DSST™, there are other reasons why you should consider taking a DSST™ exam:

  • DSST™ Exams are exams approved for college and university credit
  • There are over 30 exams to choose from in upper and lower level credits
  • DSST™ complements and can be used in conjunction with CLEP®
  • The DSST™ program is funded for military active duty and spouses

Cost for Taking the DSST™

  • Total Cost: $110.00 for RCCC students; $120.00 for all others
    • Effective April 1, 2021-Cost Per Exam (Paid Online @ Time of Exam): $100.00
    • Proctoring Fee: $10.00 for RCCC students; $20.00 for all others

DSST™ Preparation

As you prepare for your DSST™ Exams, it is strongly suggested that you visit the DSST™ website. On this website, you will have access to exam fact sheets, practice tests, and other information needed for taking the exam.

Finding Out Your College’s DSST™ Policy

Once you have chosen the exams you would like to take, you will need to contact your college’s admissions office to find out their DSST™ policy. They will be able to provide you information on what DSST™ exams they accept, as well as the number of credit hours they will award.

Rowan-Cabarrus does offer course credit for many of the DSST™ exams. If you are taking a DSST™ exam for credit for a course at Rowan-Cabarrus, the school code is 8132. You will need to enter that number in your registration information when you begin your testing appointment.


DSST™ Exams


  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Business Mathematics
  • Human Resources Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Money and Banking
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personal Finance
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Supervision


  • Ethics in America
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Principles of Public Speaking


  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Principles of Statistics

Physical Science

  • Astronomy
  • Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
  • Health & Human Development
  • Principles of Physical Science I

Social Sciences

  • A History of the Vietnam War
  • Art of the Western World
  • Criminal Justice
  • Foundations of Education
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • General Anthropology
  • History of the Soviet Union
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction


  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • Technical Writing

Scheduling Your DSST™ Exam

DSST™ testing is by appointment only. Thus, you will need to schedule your exam through the Rowan-Cabarrus’ Testing Center. Please contact Kathy Hall (kathy.hall@rccc.edu, 704-216-3468), Director of Assessment and Credit for Prior Learning, for appointments or further DSST™ questions.

Testing Accommodations

If you have testing accommodation needs due to a documented disability, you will need to review and complete Prometric’s ADA Packet and submit that as indicated. Please call Prometric directly at 1-800-967-1139 to request a testing accommodation for your exam. Prometric will work directly with your identified testing location to provide approved accommodations.