SOURCE: Prometric



October 11, 2012 09:00 ET

DSST Provides Faster Path to Higher Pay, Lower Unemployment

U.S. Workers Earn $16,000 More Per Year With Bachelor's Degrees Over High School Diplomas; Unemployment Drops to 4.9 Percent With Bachelor's Degree, 9.4 Percent Without

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2012) - For Americans with a high school diploma, unemployment is 9.4 percent -- higher than the national average reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (7.8 percent). Earning your degree has never been more paramount than in today's economy. 

The nationally recognized DSST Program offers 38 exams in college subject areas (comparable to final end-of-course exams) that can help students earn college degrees faster and help workers win jobs sooner and with higher pay. 

Need some stats to back it up? Armed with an Associate's degree, the rate of unemployment drops to 6.8 percent, a full percentage point below the national average. Unemployment declines even further, to 4.9 percent, when workers have Bachelor's degrees (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2012).

Need more proof? The National Center for Education Statistics reports a $15,000 difference in U.S. median annual earnings for women with Bachelor's degrees than without (full-time, full-year, both waged and salaried workers, ages 25 to 34). Men in the same range and having Bachelor's degrees earn $17,000 more per year. It pays to get your college degree, and DSST exams get you there faster and less expensively. 

DSST exams are recognized by more than 2,000 colleges and universities that award credit for passing scores. DSST exams are designed to provide active duty military and civilian students with a viable way to receive college credit through examination, while saving on tuition and time in the classroom. They do not replace the full learning and value gained from attending college.

To find the nearest college to you, visit The list is updated periodically, and we encourage you to check with your school for current rules on testing for credit.

As a form of prior learning assessment, DSST exams test candidates at an undergraduate college level on subjects familiar to them. By obtaining a passing score, students can earn college credit from a wide range of subjects. Traditional areas offered by DSST are Business, Education, Finance, History and Technical Writing. Students can also earn credit in exams that test their knowledge in Criminal Justice, the Environment, Ethics in America and Substance Abuse, among others. 

Find out more about getting college credit through DSST exam, at, and work with your academic advisor to plan the best path to reaching your learning goals faster and more cost effectively. 

Prometric administers the Internet-based exams on behalf of the DSST program.

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