DSST Test Center

SUNY Empire State College is now a fully funded DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Test Center. The DSST examinations are administered online, and will be available at our Saratoga Springs location. Examinations are offered on two Saturdays a month between 9:00am and 2:00pm. You can register for examinations at DSST Exam Registration. If you have any questions please contact Empire State College at examtestcenter@esc.edu.

DSST Exams*

* Exam study information can be obtained by clicking on the link to each exams fact sheet

DSST Exam Preparation Resources available at getcollegecredit.com

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A History of the Vietnam War
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
The history of the roots of the Vietnam War.
 
Art of the Western World
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Deals with the history of art during various periods, e.g. Renaissance, Baroque and Realism.
 
Astronomy
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Celestial mechanics, celestial systems, astronomical instruments, the solar system, nature & evolution, the galaxy, the universe, determining astronomical distances, and life in the universe.
 
Business Ethics and Society
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Moral philosophies and business ethics, social responsibilities of a business, regulation of business, employer-employee relations, ethics of information, ethics in international business, corporations and stakeholders, ecology and global business, business and government.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
 
Business Mathematics
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Integers, fractions, decimals, round numbers, ratios, averages, business graphs, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, net pay & deductions, discounts and markups, depreciation & net worth, corporate securities, distribution of ownership, stock and asset turnover.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Computing and Information Technology (formerly Introduction to Computing)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Hardware, software licensing & development tools, development life cycles, data management, connectivity, privacy concerns, intellectual property, telecommunications law, network etiquette, artificial intelligence and globalization.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Criminal Justice
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Criminal behavior, police, the court system, sentencing issues, adult prison systems and juvenile correction alternatives.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Environmental Science (formerly Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Ecological concepts (ecosystems, global ecology, food chains and webs), environmental impacts, environmental management & conservation, and political processes & the future.
Formerly, Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet. This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Ethics in America
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Ethical traditions & analysis in various relationships, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, affirmative action and capital punishment.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Foundations of Education
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Contemporary issues in education, past and current influences on education (philosophies, democratic ideals, social/economic influences), and the interrelationships between contemporary issues and influences.
 
Fundamentals of College Algebra
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Solving quadratic inequalities, operations of functions, rational functions and exponential & logarithmic functions.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
 
Fundamentals of Counseling
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Historical development, counselor roles & functions, the counseling relationship and theoretical approaches to counseling.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
 
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
This examination includes content related to major topics in cybersecurity including application and systems security, implementing authentication and authorization technologies, compliance, security pertaining to networks and physical environments, and vulnerability management.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
 
General Anthropology
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Theoretical perspectives, physical anthropology, archaeology, social organization, economic organization, political organization, religion, and modernization & application of anthropology.
 
Health & Human Development (formerly Here’s to Your Health)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Human development and relationships, fitness & nutrition, disease & prevention, consumer awareness, psychological disorders & addictive behaviors, intentional injuries & violence.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
History of the Soviet Union (formerly The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union)
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Russia under the old regime,  the Revolutionary Period, New Economic Policy, Pre-war Stalinism, Second World War, Post-war Stalinism, Khrushchev Years, Brezhnev Era, and reform and collapse.
 
Human Resource Management
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Training & development, performance appraisals, compensation issues, security issues, personnel legislation & regulation, labor relations and current issues.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Human/Cultural Geography
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Earth and basic facts (maps, physiography, atmosphere, soils and vegetation, water), culture and environment, settlement patterns, political geography and regional geography.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Introduction to Business
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Economic issues, international business, government & business, business ownership, small business, entrepreneurship, franchise, management process, HR management, production & operations, marketing management, financial management, risk management & insurance, management and  information systems.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Introduction to Law Enforcement
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, police systems in the U.S., police organization, management & issues; and U.S. law and precedents.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Introduction to World Religions
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Dimensions & approaches to religion, primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Hellenic & Roman Traditions, Scientology.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Ethical issues, biological development, perception, learning & memory, cognition & language; social, emotional, and personality development, social behaviors, family life cycle, adjustment to life stresses, bereavement and loss.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
 
Management Information Systems
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Telecommunications, network security, systems analysis and design, business decision making, knowledge management, data warehousing and data mining.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Money and Banking
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Role & kinds of money, commercial banks & other financial intermediaries, central banking, Federal Reserve System, money & macroeconomics, U.S. monetary policy, the international monetary system.
 
NEW! Math for Liberal Arts
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Real number systems, sets and logic, metric system, conversions and geometry, algebra, graphs and functions, linear systems and inequalities, exponents and logarithms.  This exam was newly created January 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
NEW – This exam was added January 20, 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
 
NEW! Principles of Advanced English Composition
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Elements of effective writing, reading and writing arguments and using secondary sources.  This exam was newly created January 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
NEW – This exam was added January 20, 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
 
Organizational Behavior
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Scientific approaches, research designs, data collection methods, individual processes & characteristics, interpersonal & group processes, organizational processes, change & development processes.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Personal Finance
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Credit & debt, major purchases, taxes, insurance, investments and others.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Principles of Finance
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Financial statements & planning, time value of money, working capital management, valuation and characteristics, capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk and return.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
 
Principles of Physical Science I
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy & momentum, thermodynamics, wave and optics, electricity and magnetism, chemistry, properties of matter, atomic theory & structure, chemical reactions.
 
Principles of Public Speaking
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Principles of Public Speaking, audience analysis, purposes of speeches, structure/organization, content/supporting materials, research, language & style, delivery, communication apprehension, listening & feedback, criticism & evaluation. Record an impromptu persuasive speech that will be scored.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Principles of Statistics
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Principles and concepts underlying higher-order statistics, continuous & discrete distributions, use of predictive statistics using the linear model and confidence intervals.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Principles of Supervision
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Management functions, planning, organization & staffing, directing at the supervisory level, legal issues, stress management, union environments, quality concerns.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Formerly “Drug and Alcohol Abuse.” Substances such as anabolic steroids, over the counter medications, dependency/addiction, societal effects, screening, diagnosis and neurological factors.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
Technical Writing
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Theory & practice of technical writing, purpose, content, organizational patterns of common types of technical documents, elements of various technical reports, technical editing.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available
 
The Civil War and Reconstruction
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
The Civil War from pre-secession (1861) through Reconstruction.

Business

Business Ethics and Society
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Moral philosophies and business ethics, social responsibilities of a business, regulation of business, employer-employee relations, ethics of information, ethics in international business, corporations and stakeholders, ecology and global business, business and government.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Business Mathematics
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Integers, fractions, decimals, round numbers, ratios, averages, business graphs, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, net pay & deductions, discounts and markups, depreciation & net worth, corporate securities, distribution of ownership, stock and asset turnover.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Human Resource Management
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Training & development, performance appraisals, compensation issues, security issues, personnel legislation & regulation, labor relations and current issues.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Introduction to Business
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Economic issues, international business, government & business, business ownership, small business, entrepreneurship, franchise, management process, HR management, production & operations, marketing management, financial management, risk management & insurance, management and information systems.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Management Information Systems
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Telecommunications, network security, systems analysis and design, business decision making, knowledge management, data warehousing and data mining.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Money and Banking
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Role & kinds of money, commercial banks & other financial intermediaries, central banking, Federal Reserve System, money & macroeconomics, U.S. monetary policy, the international monetary system.

Organizational Behavior
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Scientific approaches, research designs, data collection methods, individual processes & characteristics, interpersonal & group processes, organizational processes, change & development processes.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Personal Finance
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Credit & debt, major purchases, taxes, insurance, investments and others.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Principles of Finance
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Financial statements & planning, time value of money, working capital management, valuation and characteristics, capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk and return.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.

Principles of Supervision
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Management functions, planning, organization & staffing, directing at the supervisory level, legal issues, stress management, union environments, quality concerns.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Humanities

Ethics in America
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Ethical traditions & analysis in various relationships, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, affirmative action and capital punishment.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

History of the Soviet Union (formerly The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union)
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Russia under the old regime, the Revolutionary Period, New Economic Policy, Pre-war Stalinism, Second World War, Post-war Stalinism, Krushchev Years, Brezhnev Era, and reform and collapse.

Introduction to World Religions
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Dimensions & approaches to religion, primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Hellenic & Roman Traditions, Scientology.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

NEW! Math for Liberal Arts
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Real number systems, sets and logic, metric system, conversions and geometry, algebra, graphs and functions, linear systems and inequalities, exponents and logarithms. This exam was newly created January 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
NEW – This exam was added January 20, 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.

NEW! Principles of Advanced English Composition
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Elements of effective writing, reading and writing arguments and using secondary sources. This exam was newly created January 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
NEW – This exam was added January 20, 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Principles of Public Speaking
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Principles of Public Speaking, audience analysis, purposes of speeches, structure/organization, content/supporting materials, research, language & style, delivery, communication apprehension, listening & feedback, criticism & evaluation. Record an impromptu persuasive speech that will be scored.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Math

Computing and Information Technology (formerly Introduction to Computing)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Hardware, software licensing & development tools, development life cycles, data management, connectivity, privacy concerns, intellectual property, telecommunications law, network etiquette, artificial intelligence and globalization.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Fundamentals of College Algebra
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Solving quadratic inequalities, operations of functions, rational functions and exponential & logarithmic functions.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.

NEW! Math for Liberal Arts
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Real number systems, sets and logic, metric system, conversions and geometry, algebra, graphs and functions, linear systems and inequalities, exponents and logarithms. This exam was newly created January 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
NEW – This exam was added January 20, 2017 and includes content reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.

Principles of Statistics
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Principles and concepts underlying higher-order statistics, continuous & discrete distributions, use of predictive statistics using the linear model and confidence intervals.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The use of a nonprogrammable calculator is permitted during this exam.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Physical Science

Astronomy
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Celestial mechanics, celestial systems, astronomical instruments, the solar system, nature & evolution, the galaxy, the universe, determining astronomical distances, and life in the universe.

Environmental Science (formerly Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Ecological concepts (ecosystems, global ecology, food chains and webs), environmental impacts, environmental management & conservation, and political processes & the future.
Formerly, Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet. This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Health & Human Development (formerly Here’s to Your Health)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Human development and relationships, fitness & nutrition, disease & prevention, consumer awareness, psychological disorders & addictive behaviors, intentional injuries & violence.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Principles of Physical Science I
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy & momentum, thermodynamics, wave and optics, electricity and magnetism, chemistry, properties of matter, atomic theory & structure, chemical reactions.

Social Sciences

A History of the Vietnam War
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
The history of the roots of the Vietnam War.

Art of the Western World
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Deals with the history of art during various periods, e.g. Renaissance, Baroque and Realism.

Criminal Justice
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Criminal behavior, police, the court system, sentencing issues, adult prison systems and juvenile correction alternatives.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Foundations of Education
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Contemporary issues in education, past and current influences on education (philosophies, democratic ideals, social/economic influences), and the interrelationships between contemporary issues and influences.

Fundamentals of Counseling
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Historical development, counselor roles & functions, the counseling relationship and theoretical approaches to counseling.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

General Anthropology
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Theoretical perspectives, physical anthropology, archaeology, social organization, economic organization, political organization, religion, and modernization & application of anthropology.

History of the Soviet Union (formerly The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union)
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Russia under the old regime, the Revolutionary Period, New Economic Policy, Pre-war Stalinism, Second World War, Post-war Stalinism, Krushchev Years, Brezhnev Era, and reform and collapse.

Human/Cultural Geography
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Earth and basic facts (maps, physiography, atmosphere, soils and vegetation, water), culture and environment, settlement patterns, political geography and regional geography.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Introduction to Law Enforcement
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, police systems in the U.S., police organization, management & issues; and U.S. law and precedents.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Lifespan Developmental Psychology
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Ethical issues, biological development, perception, learning & memory, cognition & language; social, emotional, and personality development, social behaviors, family life cycle, adjustment to life stresses, bereavement and loss.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Formerly “Drug and Alcohol Abuse.” Substances such as anabolic steroids, over the counter medications, dependency/addiction, societal effects, screening, diagnosis and neurological factors.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

The Civil War and Reconstruction
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
The Civil War from pre-secession (1861) through Reconstruction.

Technology

Computing and Information Technology (formerly Introduction to Computing)
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Hardware, software licensing & development tools, development life cycles, data management, connectivity, privacy concerns, intellectual property, telecommunications law, network etiquette, artificial intelligence and globalization.
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
3 Upper Baccalaureate
Factsheet
This examination includes content related to major topics in cybersecurity including application and systems security, implementing authentication and authorization technologies, compliance, security pertaining to networks and physical environments, and vulnerability management.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Technical Writing
3 Baccalaureate
Factsheet
Theory & practice of technical writing, purpose, content, organizational patterns of common types of technical documents, elements of various technical reports, technical editing.
This exam was updated June 8, 2017 and includes new content and content outlines reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Peterson's Practice Exam Available

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