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Heres to Your Health DSST
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Name of Exam: Heres to Your Health DSST

Number of Questions: Around 98 (varies)

Time Limit: 120 Minutes

ACE Recommended Passing Score: 400

Practice Test Available?: Yes - Click here

Quick Prep Package Available?: Yes - Click here

Cost: $80 + Sitting Fee (Usually no more than $20) at your testing site. Military can take DSSTs for free with Tuition Assistance. Check with your Educational Officer!

Difficulty 1-5 : 3
(One being the easiest, and five being the hardest)

Exam Description:

The Heres to Your Health DSST covers the material normally learned in a Heatlh college class. You will be tested on your general knowledge of the general wellness of the human body, as well as the effects various substances, environments, and lifestyles have on it..

Personal Thoughts:

As the more grammatically correct among you may have already noticed; the Heres to Your Health DSST is missing an apostrophe in "Here's". I'm not leaving it out to annoy anyone. Evidently apostrophe's aren't allowed in the page's file name, and in order for you to actually find this page in Google I have to leave it out. Isn't Search Engine Optimization fun?

Getting back onto the actual exam. This is an upper level exam that used to get a lot of play. Everyone knew this as the pushover exam, and tons of people used to take this cold. Then came the exam revamp and people started failing in droves. This exam now actually requires studying, but it is one of the easiest upper level exams there is provided that you study for it.

Exam breakdown:

Make sure you check out the Official Fact Sheet for this exam.

The Heres to Your Health DSST is broken down as follows:

20% Health, Wellness, and Mind/Body Connection
20% Risk Factors, Disease, and Disease Prevention
20% Human Development and Relationships
15% Fitness and Nutrition
15% Safety, Consumer Awareness, and Environment Concerns
10% Substance Use and Abuse

Areas of Study

I'm going to list some specific topics that you'll need to study.

Though there are different versions of the Heres to Your Health DSST, you'll most likely see some of the following on your exam:

  • Mental Illnesses
  • Stages of Dying
  • Marijuana (Detriments and Benefits)
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Hospice Care
  • Reproduction
  • Types of Cancer
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Proteins
  • Fetus Development
  • Infection Stages
  • Your Immune System
  • Medicaid
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Wear and Tear Theory
  • Target Heart Rate
  • The Kublar-Ross Model
  • Cremation
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol
  • Carbohydrates
  • Binge Drinking
  • Seizures
  • The Overload Principle
  • Digestive System
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Trans Fats
  • Clinical Depression
  • Intoxication
  • Healthcare Proxy
  • Melanoma
  • Gateway Drugs
  • In Vitro Fertilization
  • Methadone
  • Heart Disease
  • The Fight or Flight Response
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse

This is not a comprehensive list of topics! There's over 100 topics to cover for this exam which are entirely too many to list here. We cover all of the above (and many more) with our Quick Prep Package.

Recommended Free Study Resources

  • List of STD's - A good listing of STD's with further links to more detailed pages. I'd just be able to identify the more common STD's and know whether they are bacterial or viral, common transmission methods, and treatment. Also... beware of some of those picture links.
  • Immune System Explained - The site is for kids, but it goes into enough depth to cover you for the Here's to Your Health DSST. I'd know this well for the exam.
  • Snazzlefrag's Here's to your Health Study Guide - Snazzlefrag created this for the old Heres to your Health DSST. That being said, much of the material remains the same. It doesn't have nearly the amount of topics and detail as our Quick Prep Sheet, but it's a great place to start if you're trying to do this with strictly free resources.
  • Quizlet Flashcards - Another great suggestion from an IC member. Take a look at some of these flashcards and concentrate on the upper level material. In other words, skip the 4th grade Health flashcards and let's work on the college level classes.
  • Core Concepts in Health Online Supplement - This is probably the most inclusive free study resource for the Heres to Your Health DSST. Sure it's a lot of reading, but it covers almost everything on the exam. Not surprising since it's the online supplement to one of the recommended textbooks. You can find that one below if you want to work through them together.

    Look on the left side of the screen once you select a chapter. I'd go over the Multiple choice and True or False practice tests, and then look at the Glossary and Flashcards.
  • The Kubler-Ross Model - You'll likely see this on the exam, so I'd know the five stages of grief well.

Recommended bargain-priced study resources

Always check your library first! You may be able to find some of these for free. You don't have to buy the officially recommended resources all the time. If you're the type of person that prefers to study from a textbook source however, then please see below.

Here's to your Health! DSST Quick Prep Package - Our own study package for the Here's to your Health DSST exam. Need those credits fast and don't have time to do all the research? We've done the work for you right here. Get our Quick Prep Sheet for this exam, two additional full-length practice tests, and even a mp3 file to study from. It's quick, it's cheap, and it's guaranteed to help you pass.

Focus on Health - 8th Edition - One of the recommended books that was used in the creation of the exam. These are never cheap, but you may be able to pick up a used one for almost half the price.

Core Concepts in Health, Brief Update - Another of the recommended books that was used in the creation of the exam. I like this version due to the study guide included. Some of the used copies are going for under $10 but make sure it's bound! You don't want a box full of loose pages. Not that I know of anyone who's ordered an unbound book. I'm much too smart to ever make that mistake. *Walks away whistling*

InstantCert Academy Here's to your Health DSST Feedback - Four pages of targeted information for this exam. Read through the entire thread, but pay attention to the last two pages for the updated material. Also if you've subscribed, make sure you go through the Flashcards for Here's to your Health as well.

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You'll find an InstantCert link for every exam here if that gives you an idea of the amount of information they have available. It's an outstanding resource.

Closing Thoughts

Don't let my earlier comment about the rising fail rates scare you. The reason the revamp caught many by surpise was that this was an exam you used to be able to take cold (as in, not study at all). That's no longer the case with the updated exam. It's not necessarily hard, but you will need to give this some study.

We've gone through and updated our Quick Prep Package to meet the new material covered in the exam, so if you're in a hurry, give that a look and be sure to take our free practice tests. We've had outstanding results from people who have used both.

Best of luck!

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