Retake DSST Exam For Free For A Limited Time

From August 1st through September 30th, eligible military members can retake their DSST exams for free if they do not pass them the first time.

This is potentially great news for those taking DSST exams through DANTES!


DANTES stands for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support and provides no-cost education and career-planning programs for members of the United States Armed Forces.

What Are DSST Exams?

The DSST exams stand for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests and have been available since 2006.

The DSST Exams are prior-learning exams that offer students a quick and easy way to earn college credit. Through these exams, you can help reduce the time it takes to get through college and they will save you money. There are over 30 exam titles in the subjects of:

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Math
  • Physical Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology

Which Schools Provide Credit For DSST Exams?

Over 1,900 institutions across the United States participate in this program. You should make sure that your college or university does before you sign up to take an exam.

Easily find colleges and universities offering credit for DSST exams in our School Finder tool by following this link.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Reimbursement for DSST

The standard base price of a DSST exam is $85, however, veterans who are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be reimbursed for their first exam through their VA Education Benefits. Then, with this special promotion, you can retake the test without having to pay out of pocket.

Retake DSST Exams For Free

With this 2nd Shot Free Exam Retake Promotion, you will need to take your DSST test by September 30th, 2019. After you take your test, if you do not pass, you will receive a retake voucher code which will be emailed to you and can take up to five business days.

Then you would enter your voucher code as payment when signing up to take the exam again. Keep in mind that because of the DSST Exam Retake Policy student must wait 30 days before retaking a failed exam.

You will need to retake your exam by December 10th, 2019, because your voucher code will expire after that date.

Unfortunately, this promotion does not apply to the Principles of Public Speaking Exam or paper-based tests.

Visit the DANTES website for more information. They also have exam preparation materials as well as practice exams to help you study and prepare for your exams.



About the author

Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.

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