Antioch University Los Angeles offers the DSST exam to current Antioch students only.
DSST exams are provided once each term in campus, with one exam date in February, one in May, one in August, and one in November. All exams are done through Internet-based testing, and are held in our computer lab on a Friday morning beginning at 9:00am. Any Antioch student who wishes may take up to two exams on a single test date. Test-takers pay $85 (per exam) directly to DSST using a major credit card when signing in on the day of the exam.
In order to reserve an exam slot for the next exam date, please fill out the registration form.
How do I decide which exams I’m going to take?
Earning credit through a DSST exam is like earning transfer credit. When you choose an exam to take, it should be one that will help you make progress toward your degree. Note that Antioch accepts DSST credits as only lower division units, despite what it indicates on the DSST website. If you have any questions about whether or not an exam will count toward the completion of your degree, please consult with your academic advisor and/or the Registrar’s Office. You cannot earn credit through a DSST exam if you already have units for the equivalent course on your transcript.
When do I have to decide which exams I’m going to take?
You register for a specific exam on the day you come to take the exam. There is no need to inform AULA in advance which exam(s) you wish to take. Note that Antioch is not currently equipped to offer the Principles of Public Speaking exam.
How far in advance do I need to reserve an exam slot?
AULA has a fairly small computer lab so we can accommodate 10-12 test-takers on a given date. If you register close to the exam date, there may not be an available slot. But it never hurts to submit your name to see if there is room for you.
Where do I find study materials for these exams?
You can find fact sheets and guidance for study materials by going to the DSST website.
Can I take any practice exams?
DSST makes practice exams available for purchase through the DSST website. If you decide to take a practice exam, note that you’ll need a different username and password for taking the DSST exam from the username and password you use for the practice exam.
What do I need to bring to the exam?
In order to register and pay for your exam, you need one form of identification as well as a major credit card. Some exams allow the use of a non-programmable calculator. Check the DSST website for details about available exams and what materials are allowed. Note that you will need to input your social security number during registration so have that number with you.
Is there a proctoring fee?
Currently, AULA charges nothing to proctor the exams for our students. The only cost to the test-taker is the $85 fee, per exam, paid directly to DSST.
How long does each exam take?
DSST exams are automatically timed to shut off two hours after the exam begins. Once an individual clicks the “launch test” button, the computer counts down the remaining time.
When will Antioch get my score?
When you register at the beginning of an exam, there is an opportunity to put in Antioch’s four-digit institutional score report number, which is 8704. If you include that number during registration, your score will automatically be sent to Antioch at no additional cost. DSST says this takes 7-10 business days. If you do not include the score report number at the time you register for an exam, DSST requires a transcript request at a cost of $30.