DSST Credit Granting Policy

If experience is the world's greatest teacher, then your experiences may well qualify you for college credit.

The nationally recognized DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) Program allows you to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study. DSSTs offer students a cost effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom to accomplish their educational goals.

The Office of the College Registrar does not determine what DSST/DANTES examinations may be granted TCC credit or the score values required. However, the Office of the College Registrar does post credit for approved examination scores. Students seeking credit should:

  1. Have official scores mailed to:
    Office of the College Registrar
    Tidewater Community College
    P.O. Box 9000
    Norfolk, VA 23509-9000
  2. Using the online form, submit a request for an Evaluation of Previous Educational Experiences to the Office of the College Registrar.

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) Credit

DSST Title & Test Form Number TCC Equivalent Course Required  Score (BOLD=Revised Score) Credit Awarded
Business
Principles of Finance (524) BUS Elective 46 3
Principles of Financial Accounting (525) ACC 211 47 3
Human Resources Management (530) BUS 205 46 3
Organizational Behavior (531) BUS 201 48 3
Principles of Supervision (532) BUS 111 46 3
Business Law II (534) BUS 242 44 3
Introduction to Business (543) BUS 100 46 3
Personal Finance (550) FIN 107 46 (400) 3
Business Mathematics (812) BUS 125 48 3
Humanities
Introduction to World Religions (496) REL 230 48(400) 3
Principles of Public Speaking (815) CST 100 47* 3
Mathematics
Foundations of College Algebra (424) MTH 158 47 (400) 3
Principles of Statistics (450) MTH 240 48 (400) 3
Physical Science
Astronomy (500) NAS 130 or 131 48 4
Here’s to Your Health (508) HLT Elective 48 (400) 3
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet (511) ENV Elective 46 3
Principles of Physical Science I (512) NAS 111 47 4
Physical Geology (519) GOL 105 46 4
Social Science
Art of the Western World (461) ART Elective 48 3
Western Europe Since 1945 (465) HIS 102 or HIS Elective 45 3
Introduction to the Modern Middle East (469) HIS Elective 47 3
Human and Cultural Geography (470) GEO 200 48 3
A History of the Vietnam War (473) HIS Elective 44 3
The Civil War and Reconstruction (483) HIS 269 47 3
Foundations of Education (489) EDU Elective 46 3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (490) PSY 231 46 3
General Anthropology(494) SOC 211 47 3
Introduction to Law Enforcement (497) ADJ 110 45 3
Criminal Justice  (498) ADJ Elective 49 (400) 3
Fundamentals of Counseling (562) EDU Elective 45 3
*In addition to a minimum score of 47 on the multiple-choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the speech.