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DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

If you are considering taking a DSST or DANTES Subject Standardized Test, please read our Policies page for further information. The Testing, Research-Support & Evaluation Center (TREC) is an open center for DSST testing. Currently, TREC offers 39 subject level exams (see info below for the DSST Public Speaking exam*).

Registration & Fees

Step 1. Purchase your DSST voucher. DSST requires a fee (check the DSST website for the fee for your specific test) for each voucher, which must be purchased online prior to coming in to test.

Step 2. Pay your Texas State administration fee. Texas State University requires an administration fee for DSST testing of $40. Pay your testing fees online. Save the printed receipt as proof you paid.

Step 3. Decide when to take the test (testing lab hours).

Step 4. On the test day please bring your printed voucher from the DSST, your administration fee receipt, and one of the following forms of photo identification:Texas State Student ID, Driver’s License, State or Federal ID, Passport, Military ID, Naturalization Card, or Tribal ID. We are located Commons Hall, Ground Floor.

Note: TREC cannot provide refunds for any fees or other payments beyond one week from the date of payment.

Other Information

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must contact the Office of Disability Services (512.245.3451) prior to taking the test. Verification of disability will be required. All examinees who require accommodations must complete an Exam Request Form to test at our facility at least two weeks prior to the desired exam date by clicking here. Requests will be processed within two business days

Most academic departments at Texas State University do not award credit for DSST scores. Please see the web pages of the Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies department for DSST exams they accept.

If you have taken any DSST exams elsewhere and wish to have your scores reported to Texas State, the score recipient code is 9320.

For test preparation and study information, visit

Public Speaking Exam

* The Public Speaking exam consists of two portions: a multiple-choice section with a 90-minute time limit and a speaking portion with a 20-minute time limit (includes preparation time). An appointment is required to take the Public Speaking exam. To set an appointment, please email with your preferred date and time.

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