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DSST (DANTES) On-Site Learning Center

Testing Center at Ashford University

Your military experiences outside of the classroom could help you graduate sooner. Ashford University has partnered with the nationally recognized DSST program to become a testing center that allows you to take different exams to earn credit for college.

What is the DSST exam?

The DSST prior learning assessment, formerly known as the DANTES test, allows you to turn your experience into college credit. On-the-job training, independent study, and military service are just a few examples of experience that can be applied to the DSST exam. The program is approved by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Where can I take the exam?

Schedule an appointment or walk-in to take the DSST exam at Ashford’s San Diego testing center, which is open on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Note: To provide test takers sufficient time to complete exams, the last exam start time is 10:00 am. Please email [email protected] to schedule your appointment. The testing center is located at:

Ashford University
8620 Spectrum Center Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123

What exams are offered?

You may choose from more than 30 exams offered by DSST. Categories range from business to the social sciences and include:

  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Business Mathematics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior


The DSST website includes a complete list of exams, fact sheets, outlines, and practice exams

Will the G.I. Bill cover my exam fees?

The DSST exam is included on a list of test that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved for reimbursement. The agency’s website provides a list of available benefits and instructions for veterans who plan to take the tests. Please review the following Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.