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DSST Expiration / Revision Dates

ACE is the third-party review organization that colleges use to decide if a class or exam is “worth” college credit or not. In other words, DSST exams are worth college credit because they have undergone review by ACE.

When ACE reviews an exam, they always assign a date range for that review. At the ending date, the exam must be reviewed again or removed. If it is reviewed and renewed, a new date range is issued. In general, DSST likes to keep test takers informed, and often posts on their website when an exam is undergoing revision (they sometimes call it being “refreshed”) and a target date for the change.  As such, it’s a little bit easier to track DSST exam revisions than CLEP!

All date ranges and the history of date ranges are available by searching the ACE Database.

These dates are not guarantees that there will be an exam revision or removal, but the expiration dates are established by ACE,  ss such, you should plan your high school accordingly, and proceed as if an exam will be revised or removed on its expiration date to be on the safe side.

A handful of exams were revised 4/1/2016 despite their deadline not being up, so be aware that even with the best planning, you should remain flexible.


NOTE:  upon expiration (12/31/2014) the following exams were DISCONTINUED.  If you’ve already taken one of these, no worries- your score is still valid.  However, DSST testing centers will no longer offer these exams:

  • Business Law II
  • Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • Physical Geology
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Western Europe Since 1945.

Currently, 36 DSST exams are evaluated for college credit.

A History of the Vietnam War   11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Art of the Western World   11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Astronomy  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Business Ethics and Society  1/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Business Mathematics   1/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Computing and Information Technology   1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Criminal Justice  1/1/2013 – 4/30/2017  (deadline approaching)

Environment & Humanity   3/1/2015 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Ethics in America  1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Foundations of Education  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Fundamentals of College Algebra  1/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching) 

Fundamentals of Counseling   7/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity  11/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

General Anthropology 7/19/2016 – 12/31/2018

Health and Human Development (formerly Here’s to Your Health)  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

History of the Soviet Union  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Human Resource Management  7/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Human Cultural Geography  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Introduction to Business 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Introduction to Law Enforcement 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Introduction to World Religions  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Lifespan Developmental Psychology  7/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Management Information Systems 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Math for Liberal Arts  11/1/2016 – 10/31/2019

Money and Banking  1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Organizational Behavior  7/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Personal Finance 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Principles of Advanced English Composition  11/1/2016 – 10/31/2019

Principles of Finance  4/1/2016 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching) 

Principles of Physical Science I  11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Principles of Public Speaking   11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017

Principles of Statistics 1/1/2013 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Principles of Supervision  4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Substance Abuse 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Technical Writing  3/1/2015 – 4/30/2017 (deadline approaching)

Civil War and Reconstruction 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2017