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DSST Program (formerly DANTES)
Credit Available at FHSU

About DSST

It’s Your Life, Take Credit for It. The DSST credit by exam program gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for life experience as a form of prior learning assessment. Recommended for credit by the American Council on Education, the 30+ exams are offered in diverse subject areas such as health, ethics, finance and technology. The DSST program is owned by Prometric, the global leader in testing and assessment, and has been placing students on the fast track to college degrees since 1974.

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  • To learn more about the DSST program including test preparation, practice exams, exam fact sheets and technical information, visit the official DSST site.

DSST Credit Opportunities at FHSU

Fort Hays State University grants credit for many DSST examinations. Listed below are each of the DSST examinations with information on the required FHSU minimum score and credit granted at FHSU.  Please be sure that you also read through the "General Information" and "Minimum Score Required Information" sections so that you can make an informed decision about participating in the DSST program.

General Information
  • Students should consult their academic advisor and/or the transcript analysts in the Registrar's Office for specific information on how the successful completion of an examination applies to their degree program.
  • A grade of CR (Credit) is recorded on a student's transcript for successful completion of an examination that is accepted for credit.
  • No credit is awarded for a course that has been previously completed at Fort Hays State University or a transfer institution. If a student has previously enrolled in or audited a course, and received a grade, credit or an incomplete, DSST is not a consideration.
  • No credit is awarded for an examination that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed.
  • A maximum of 30 hours of credit from credit-by-examination programs may be applied toward a Fort Hays State University degree.
  • DSST credit policies are subject to change upon periodic review.
Minimum Score Required Information
  • In 2008, Prometric began converting DSST examinations to criterion-referenced standard-setting scores with a 3-digit score reporting scale (200-500 scale). Prior to this time, DSST examinations used norm-referenced standard-setting scores with a 2-digit score reporting scale (20-80 scale).
  • The FHSU minimum score required for each DSST reflects both the 3-digit criterion-referenced required score (when applicable) and the 2-digit norm-referenced required score.
  • Criterion-Referenced ACE Score = FHSU accepts the American Council on Education recommended cut score (pass point) of 400 for awarding credit.
  • Criterion-Referenced B-Grade Equiv. Score = FHSU accepts the American Council on Education B-grade equivalent score for awarding credit.
  • Norm-Referenced ACE Score = FHSU accepts the American Council on Education recommended score for awarding credit. This score represents the average score that was achieved on the test form by the representative sample of college students who received a grade of C in the actual subject.
  • Norm-Referenced “A” Equiv. Score = FHSU accepts the score that represents the average score that was achieved on the test form by the representative sample of college students who received a grade of A in the actual subject.
  • Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score = FHSU accepts the score that represents the average score that was achieved on the test form by the representative sample of college students who received a grade of B in the actual subject.
  • For each norm-referenced required score, the test form number/code and corresponding required 2-digit minimum score is listed.
  • If an examination is not accepted for credit at FHSU, “Not Accepted" will appear in the FHSU Minimum Score Required section and "No Credit Awarded” will appear in the Credit Granted section.
  • Additional information on the scoring methodology for DSST examinations is available on the DSST site.

importantAs of January 1, 2014 several DSST exams have been updated to reflect new content as well as the new criterion-referenced scoring methodology. As soon as we receive updated information from DSST, we will post updated score requirements.

 DSST Examination Title with Minimum Score Required and Credit Granted at FHSU

A History of the Vietnam War
FHSU Minimum Score Required:  Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SF 473 = Score 49, SG/SH/SL/SM 473 = Score 44
Credit Granted:  Undergraduate Credit for “Topics in History—America and the Vietnam Experience” (HIST 600), 3 credit hours

Art of the Western World
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Astronomy
FHSU Minimum Score Required:  Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 500 = Score 48
Credit Granted: Credit for "Descriptive Astronomy" (PHYS 309), 3 credit hours

Business Ethics and Society
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced B-Grade Equiv. Score = 433
Credit Granted: Credit for "Business, Society and Ethics" (MGT 403), 3 credit hours

Business Law II
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Business Mathematics
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced ACE Score = 400
Credit Granted: Credit for a free elective course in the College of Business and Leadership, 3 credit hours

Criminal Justice
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced ACE Score = 400; Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 498 = Score 49
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Criminal Justice" (JUS 101), 3 credit hours

Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 511 = Score 46
Credit Granted: Credit for "Humans and the Environment" (BIOL 221), 3 credit hours

Ethics in America
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced B-Grade Equiv. Score = 422; Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL/SM 474 = Score 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Ethics" (PHIL 340), 3 credit hours

Foundations of Education
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Fundamentals of College Algebra
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced B-Grade Equiv. Score = 434; Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 424 = Score 50
Credit Granted: Credit for “College Algebra” (MATH 110), 3 credit hours

Fundamentals of Counseling
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded 

General Anthropology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SF/SG 494 = Score 53
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Anthropology" (SOC 145), 3 credit hours

Here's to Your Health
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced B-Grade Equiv. Score = 426; Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 508 = Score 51
Credit Granted: Credit for "Personal Wellness" (HHP 200), 3 credit hours

Human Resource Management (formerly Personnel/Human Resource Management)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced "B" Equiv. Score--SG/SH/SL/SM 530 = Score 53
Credit Granted: Credit for "Human Resource Management" (MGT 611), Undergraduate Credit Only, 3 credit hours

Human/Cultural Geography
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 470 = Score 54
Credit Granted: Credit for "Cultural Geography" (GSCI 105), 3 credit hours

Introduction to Business
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced ACE Score = 400; Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE/SF/SG/SH 543 = Score 46
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Business" (MGT 101), 3 credit hours

Introduction to Computing
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced ACE Score = 400; Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SG/SH/SL/SM 536 = Score 45
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Computer Information Systems" (MIS 101), 3 credit hours

Introduction to Law Enforcement
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SG/SH/SL/SM 497 = Score 45
Credit Awarded: Credit for "Law Enforcement in the Community" (JUS 325), 3 credit hours

Introduction to the Modern Middle East
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE 469 = Score 44, SF/SG/SH/SL 469 = Score 47
Credit Awarded: Undergraduate Credit for “The Modern Middle East—1300 to the Present” (HIST 692), 3 credit hours

Introduction to World Religions
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Lifespan Developmental Psychology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced “A” Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 490 = Score 56
Credit Granted: Elective credit in Psychology, 3 credit hours, (Credit is not granted for a specific course.)

Management Information Systems
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced ACE Score = 400; Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE/SF/SG/SH 551 = Score 46
Credit Granted: Credit for "Management Information Systems" (MIS 304), 3 credit hours

Money and Banking
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Organizational Behavior
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced "B" Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 531 = Score 52
Credit Granted: Credit for "Organizational Behavior/ Development" (MGT 410), 3 credit hours

Personal Finance
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Physical Geology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SF/SG/SH/SL 519 = Score 53
Credit Granted: Elective credit in Geosciences, 3 credit hours, (Credit is not granted for a specific course.)

Principles of Finance
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Principles of Financial Accounting
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 1 Point Higher than Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SF 525 = Score 50, SG/SH/SL/SM 525 = Score 48
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Accounting I" (ACCT 203), 3 credit hours

Principles of Physical Science I
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE/SF/SG/SH 512 = Score 47
Credit Granted: Credit for "Physical Science" (PHYS 102), 3 credit hours

Principles of Public Speaking
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE/SF/SG/SH 815 = Score 47*, *In addition to a minimum score of 47 on the multiple-choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the speech.
Credit Granted: Credit for "Fundamentals of Oral Communication" (COMM 100), 3 credit hours

Principles of Statistics
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Criterion-Referenced B-Grade Equiv. Score = 441; Norm-Referenced “B” Equiv. Score--SE/SF/SH/SL/SM 450 = Score 51
Credit Granted: Credit for "Elements of Statistics" (MATH 250), 3 credit hours

Principles of Supervision
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE/SF/SG/SH/SL 471 = Score 45
Credit Granted:  Undergraduate Credit for “The Soviet Union” (HIST 627), 3 credit hours

Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

Technical Writing
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

The Civil War and Reconstruction
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE/SF/SG/SH 483 = Score 47
Credit Granted:  Undergraduate Credit for “The Era of the Civil War” (HIST 644), 3 credit hours

Western Europe Since 1945 (formerly Contemporary Western Europe: 1946-1990)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Norm-Referenced ACE Score--SE 465 = Score 48, SF/SG/SH/SL 465 = Score 45
Credit Granted:  Undergraduate Credit for “Europe Since 1914” (HIST 629), 3 credit hours