Graduate & Professional Studies

Graduate & Professional Studies Students have access to a variety of testing services and assistance.


Download the DSST/CLEP testing packet for more information about test policies and procedures:


Click here to schedule a DSST exam through our online appointment system.

View our Testing Packet for DSST exam prices, procedures, etc.

Study courses for 24 different DSST exams are available from Prices vary and start at $149.

For each DSST exam, there is a FACT SHEET that outlines the topics covered by each exam and includes a list of sample questions and recommended book references. You can download FACT SHEETS from by clicking on the Student & Adult Learner box and following the link to Test Pre Materials: Fact Sheets. Individual Fact Sheets can be printed using Adobe Reader.

Official DSST Test Preparation Guides are available at the Tusculum College Bookstore and offer sample exam questions and an overview of material in the following accepted subject areas: Business Math, Ethics in America, Financial Accounting, Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, and Principles of Supervision.

Online Practice Tests containing 20-25 sample questions are available at on the following subjects: Principles of Supervision, Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, Introduction to Computing, Money and Banking, Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Lifespan Developmental, Fundamentals of Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Here’s to your Health, Introduction to World Religions, Environment and Humanity, and Technical Writing. Price for each exam varies. There are 2 versions of each exam containing 50 multiple choice questions. A purchase entitles you to take one version of the practice exam two times.

Tusculum does not accept credit for the following DSST exams: Principles of Finance, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Business Law II.

Additional study guides for DSST and CLEP exams can be found at:,, and

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The Cold Writing Sample test is offered in Greeneville, Morristown and Knoxville. You must arrive 15 minutes before testing begins. Sessions are limited to 25 students. Please contact Janie Perry, Education Program Coordinator, or 865-693-1177 ext. 5025, to schedule a test. Click here to see upcoming dates.

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There are opportunities each year to take the Computer Literacy Test. Students who take and successfully pass the test will have met their computer literacy requirement for graduation; however, no hours are awarded for completing the exam. Students can attempt the test up to two times.

The exam is based on the Tusculum course CISC 100. Please review the study guides-Guide 1, Guide 2, Guide 3.  The description of the CISC100 course from the college catalog reads:

CISC100-Computer as a Tool
This course provides a survey of computer applications, information needs in business, and microcomputers and information systems that meet these needs. Emphasis is on microcomputer hardware and software applications.

The exam is offered in the Computer Lab at the Knoxville Regional Center from 3:00-5:00 pm and in the Annie Hogan Byrd Computer Lab on the main campus in Greeneville from 3:45-5:45 pm on the following dates:

The testing dates for the KNOXVILLE CAMPUS are as follows:

  • January 31, 2013
  • April 4, 2013

For testing at the GREENEVILLE CAMPUS, please contact David Frazier at

In order to take the exam itself, you must be able to access Moodle, and if you plan to take the test in Greeneville, you will also need to be able to login to the lab computers in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd . If you find that you cannot login to the lab computers or access Moodle, then you will need to contact Information Systems (email: or call 1-800-729-0254 ext 5346) to get your account working.

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Make Up Tests

Please contact Cliff Gjertson ( or Carol Hill ( to make up an exam from your instructor.  We encourage you to call before you come to make sure your instructor has left the exam.


To make arrangements for other types of exams, please contact us at 865-693-1177 or email

For additional testing information, contact:

Cliff Gjertson
Knoxville Regional Center
1305 Centerpoint Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
(865) 693-1177 ext. 5008
(800) 729-0116 ext. 5008

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