DSST Tests

MWCC Student at a Computer

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) tests offer the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. There are over 30 introductory-level college subject tests. For more information about DSST, go to www.getcollegecredit.com

Prior to taking any DSST exam, test takers are encouraged to check with their credit-granting institution to verify that the exam will meet their curriculum needs.

An appointment is required to test. Email Testing Services at testingservices@mwcc.mass.edu to be added to our wait list.  

Because of the close confines and size of the testing center space, Testing Services strongly encourages all test-takers to wear masks in the Center.

 DSST exam total cost: $120

  • $100 fee paid to DSST online with a credit card at the time of the test
  • $20 MWCC fee (non-refundable) paid on site at the time of exam, by exact cash or check only.


On exam day:

  • One form of government-issued photo ID is required, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Bring your DSST  test receipt
  • Be prepared to pay the MWCC testing fee of $20

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After the exam:

  • An unofficial score report will be available to print from your account
  • An official score report will be sent to the school you designate during registration to receive credit
  • A 30 day waiting period is required to retest per exam title.



DSST Exam Title Min. Score MWCC Equivalent MWCC Course Title Credits
Principles of Statistics 400 MAT 143 Statistics 4
Art of the Western World 400 ART 109 Art History I 3
Introduction to Geography 400 GEO 129 World and Cultural Geography 3
Foundations of Education 400 EDU 101 Introduction to Education 3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 PSY 110 Human Growth and Development 3
Substance Abuse 400 SOC 129 Drug Use and Abuse in American Society 3
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 CJU 245 American Policing 3
Criminal Justice 400 CJU 131 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 HST 140 Counseling Methods and Interviewing Techniques 3
Principles of Finance 400 FIN 250 Basic Finance 3
Human Resource Management 400 MGT 235 Human Resources Management 3
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 CIS 219 Principles of Information Security 3
Technical Writing 400 ENG 106 Technical Writing 3
Introduction to World Religions 400 HUM 240 Comparative Religion 3
Principles of Physical Science I 400 PHY 101 Introduction to Physical Science 4
Introduction to Geology 400 EAS 125 Physical Geology of the Earth 4

Information about alternative methods of earning credit at MWCC may be found in the College Catalog.