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Name of Exam: Organizational Behavior DSST

Number of Questions: Around 100 (varies)

Time Limit: 120 Minutes

ACE Recommended Passing Score: 48

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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 Organizational Behavior DSST covers what a student would learn during a single semester of a college Organizational Behavior class.

A few of the specific topics you'll see see are: Theories of Personality, Theories of Motivation, Data Collection Methods, Political Behavior in Organizations, and Corporate Culture.

Personal Thoughts:

The Organizational Behavior DSST looks at how organizations, and the people inside them, behave and why. Pretty simple right? Well, it is actually, but there's a lot of material to cover. After all, we're talking about an entire organization. Organizations have multiple levels, and many people and group cultures exist at each level.

The result is an exam that covers numerous areas of study. For example; since we're talking about human behavior, there's some material from the Introduction to Psychology CLEP.

One of the things that affects people's behavior in an organization is their chain of command; so you'll also see some material from the Principles of Supervision DSST and Principles of Management CLEP.

Folks over at InstantCert have also mentioned that there is some overlap with the Human Resource Management DSST. You can read more of what they say in the forum links below.

The above exam difficulty assumes that you've already taken at least a few of the above CLEP and DSST's. If you haven't, you'll need to study a bit harder than someone who has.

Exam breakdown:

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

Pay attention to the bottom of the fact sheet. It contains some sample questions that closely mimic the type of scenario-based questions you'll see on the actual exam.

The Organizational Behavior DSST is broken down as follows:

36% Individual Processes and Characteristics
32% Interpersonal and Group Processes and Characteristics
19% Organizational Processes and Characteristics
07% Change and Development Processes
06% Organizational Behavior Overview

Areas of Study

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

Though there are different versions of the Organizational Behavior DSST, you'll most likely see some of the following on your exam:

  • Learning Processes
  • Attitude Formation
  • Types of Reinforcement
  • Motivation
  • Power and Influence
  • Types of Groups
  • Delphi Method
  • Job Enrichment
  • Span of Control
  • Non-verbal cues
  • Job Design
  • Stereotypes
  • Organization Development
  • Classical Conditioning

This is not a comprehensive list of topics! I highly recommend (as always) signing up for InstantCert and seeing the Specific Feedback section for this exam. They've had years to accumulate their information, and it shows.

Recommended Free Study Resources

  • Snazzlefrag's Feedback and Study Guide - One of IC's members was kind enough to share this with us. You can download the PDF he used to study for his own Organizational Behavior DSST at the above link.
  • Organizational Behavior Textbook Companion Website - Great resource. Click on the chapter list at the top of the page and then you'll see chapter quizzes and power point slides to the left.
  • FCP Youtube - Organizational Behavior Playlist - A series of videos on Organizational Behavior. Don't get turned off by the first few minutes, he hits his stride soon enough. They're all short enough to do in one sitting. We've also added another Org Behavior podcast to that playlist which fills in some of the gaps of the first lecture series.
  • Wikipedia - Organizational Behavior - I'd read the first part, but you can skim right up to the Specific Contributions. At that point, you'll want to read about each of those people. Then skim on down to the "Theories and Models of Organizational Studies" section. Click on each one of those links and read, read, read. .
  • Cengage Flashcards - Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior - An Organizational Behavior companion website which has some great flashcards. I'd run through them all. (You may need to use Internet Explorer for this since it uses Adobe Shockwave)

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.

Essentials of Organizational Behavior (9th Edition) - One of the suggested textbooks for the Organizational Behavior DSST. This is the book for the first companion site above though it's an earlier edition. That's quite alright, since the exam is so old and the book is so cheap.

Organizational Behavior: Human Behavior at Work - Another recommended textbook for the Organizational Behavior DSST. I couldn't find an earlier version of this for sale on Amazon (it's the 13th edition I think?). You may want to hit your local textbook shop and see if you can find an older, cheaper version.

InstantCert Academy Organizational Behavior Specific Exam Feedback - Six pages of targeted study, with some outstanding feedback from people who just took the exam. Also, don't forget to check out the Organizational Behavior DSST InstantCert Flashcards.

If you don't know what InstantCert is, then click here for the scoop as well as a discount code: **InstantCert Academy**

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

Hopefully you haven't been scared away by the scope of the Organizational Behavior DSST. It's a broad exam, but I haven't heard of too many people having problems passing it. As long as you do the pre-requisite study, you'll be fine.

Another thing to think about is that counts as lower level credit in most schools. There is an Excelsior College Exam (ECE) called Organizational Behavior which is an upper level exam. If you need upper level credit, it may behoove you to take the Excelsior exam instead. Keep in mind that Excelsior exams are generally more difficult, and tends to use a lot more scenario based questions.

Whichever you decide to take, with proper study I'm sure you'll do fine.

Best of luck!

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