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PHONE:

239-590-7955

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TESTING HOURS:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday-special testing/group testing only

LOCATION:
McTarnaghan Hall, Room 204
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

DSST (DANTES)

 
 

The DSST (DANTES) credit- by- examination computer-based testing program is offered at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The DSST Program (formerly DANTES Program) is a credit-by-examination testing program provided by Thomson Prometric TM. Colleges, universities and corporations use DSST exams to measure knowledge in a particular subject area. Based on the achievement of a passing examination score, candidates can receive college credit or continuing education credit to speed themselves to competency and life changing credentials. Each establishment determines its passing scores for each DSST.

The DSST Program offers 37 test titles in a wide range of college-level academic, technical, and business subjects. Some of the tests are subjects you may have been introduced to through a hobby or special interest, e.g., astronomy, anthropology, and art. Some of the tests cover material you may have learned on the job, e.g., financial accounting, banking, personnel supervision, and law enforcement. Non-traditional returning adult students and corporate trainees, in addition to military members, now use DSSTs on a regular basis.

  • DSST allows students to earn valuable college credits for life experiences
  • DSST provides flexible education options
  • There is an increased need for employees of corporations who cannot attend classes full-time, to update their skills and knowledge for current employment or for a change in career.
  • Corporate sponsorship of DSST testing enables employees to get college credit by examination and extends their professional development efforts.

A Fact Sheet is available for each examination. It lists the test specifications, offers a description of the test content and sample questions typical of those encountered on the test. The Fact Sheet provides the American Council on Education's recommended minimum passing scores and credit awards. Fact Sheets can be downloaded from www.getcollegecredit.com.

 

Registration Process

Registration for the test can be accomplished online, in person at the Testing Center or by mail. You may schedule an appointment by phone once we have received your DSST registration form and $30 fee.

  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Testing hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, by appointment only

Allow up to 2 hours to complete your test.

To register online for a DSST exam online, click the following link:
Testing Center Online Store

Fee Schedule

CIVILIAN (non-military)
Registration Fee (FGCU)..................... .$30.00
DSST (DANTES) Testing Fee.................$80.00
Rescheduling Fee.................................$20.00

MILITARY (non-civilian ) **Must present valid military ID on test date.**
Registration Fee (FGCU) ......................$15.00
DSST (DANTES) Testing Fee ................NO CHARGE
Rescheduling Fee ................................$15.00

All fees are per test. FGCU fees are payable by Money Order, Cash, Certified Check or Credit Card. If sending a check or money for the registration fee, make it out to FGCU Testing and mail to FGCU Testing Center 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Ft. Myers, FL 33965. The DSST (DANTES) Testing fee is payable by credit card ONLY.

  • Registration must be accomplished at least 24 hours before you wish to test.
  • Go to www.getcollegecredit.com for a list of tests available.
  • You are not to use aids unless specified on the DSST Auxiliary Test Materials List or specifically stated at the beginning of the test. Books, dictionaries, adding machines, programmable calculators, slide rules, tables, telephones, pagers, and other similar devices ARE NOT allowed in the room.
  • When you arrive at the Testing Center to take your test, you must bring the proper institution code for reporting and receiving your score.
  • The codes are listed on www.getcollegecredit.com/participating_institutions.html.
  • If your institution is not listed, call Thomson Prometric at 866-794-3497 PRIOR to taking your exam to obtain a code.
  • IF THIS CODE IS LEFT BLANK AT THE TIME OF TESTING, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY A $20.00 TRANSCRIPT FEE WHEN ORDERED AT A LATER DATE.
  • You must present a current and valid picture ID such as a driver's license, passport or picture ID card. No one will be allowed to test without proper ID.
  • If you need to re-take a specific DSST exam, you must wait a minimum of 90 days before your second attempt.