ACE: American Council on Education, CREDIT: College Credit Recommendation Service

the National Guide : to College Credit for Workforce Training

Back to Organization List

DSST by Prometric

The DSST - Credit by Exam program is owned by Prometric, the recognized global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services. Prometric is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and offers test design, delivery and data management service to clients around the world.

The DSST - Credit by Exam program offers students the opportunity to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom (perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study) to accomplish their educational goals. While the exams are funded for active-duty military, DSST exams are not just for those in the military. Adult learners, homeschooled students, and military veterans are also eligible to earn college credits through DSST. Students can visit the URL below to review offered exams, test prep, and locate a test center. Thousands of colleges and universities recognize and recommend DSST exams.

How Results are Reported:   Raw scores are shown on exam data forms so that faculty can see that there is a difference in cut score on the forms. These then get converted to a scale score for the candidates. The ACE recommended minimum score should be displayed to the test taker and schools as 400. Description and Definition of Scaling Scores: Scaling is the process of associating numbers with the performance of candidates on a test. The numbers reflect the proficiency. The process of scaling produces a "score scale" and the scores that are used to reflect candidates' test performance are referred to as "scale scores". When multiple forms exist, raw scores do not carry a consistent meaning across forms. The main purpose of scaling is to aid users in interpreting test results in a consistent manner regardless of version or form. Scale scores are converted from raw scores through a formula, with a fixed floor and ceiling and a fixed scaled minimum passing score. Typically, a scale score is based on a linear conversion of the raw score of the form: ScoreScaled = a *ScoreRaw + b Where a is the slope of the line and b is the scaled score when the raw score equals zero. To avoid confusion, the scale is made to be different from the raw score range and the percent correct score range. For example a well known scale score range is 200 to 800, with a minimum passing score of 500, as in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for college entrance. However, many testing programs prefer to differentiate their scale from this common scale. DSST use a scale score range from 200 to 500 with a minimum passing score of 400. So, no matter which form is administered to the candidate their resulting scale score can be interpreted consistently. Therefore a score of 400 on one form is equivalent to score of 400 on another form.


  • Click the name of a course/exam to see the course/exam description.
  • Click a column header to sort the results by that column (ascending or descending order).
  • Click the checkbox of one or more courses to generate a printer-friendly list of selected courses/exams.