DSST™ Program

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 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™

  • Cost Per Exam (Paid Online @ Time of Exam): $80.00
  • Proctoring Fee: $10.00 for RCCC students; $20.00 for all others.
  • Total Cost: $90.00 for RCCC students; $100.00 for all others.

DSST™ Preparation

As you prepare for your DSST Exams, it is strongly suggested that you visit the DSST website: http://getcollegecredit.com/test_takers. 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

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 Testing Centers or Melissa Thompson (melissa.thompson@rccc.edu, 704-216-7130), Testing Center Specialist 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.