DSST* Study Guide

Criminal Justice

The only study guide that teaches you what you need to know to pass the Criminal Justice exam (with no prior knowledge needed), and is constantly updated based on student feedback to guarantee you the best possible results.

About the DSST* Exam

The Criminal Justice DSST exam covers the material that would typically be taught in an undergraduate introductory course on the American criminal justice system. InstantCert's course for this subject starts out with a look at crime in the United States; it then goes on to look at our system for enforcing laws and punishing and rehabilitating offenders.

Topics Covered in this Course

Criminal Behavior
Defining crime
Crime in the United States
Theories of crime
Types of crime
Measurement of crime
Juvenile delinquency
Criminal Justice System
Historical origins and legal foundations
Due process
Criminal justice agencies
History and organization
Societal role and function
Issues and trends
Occupational characteristics
Court System
Organization and structure
Adult court systems
Juvenile court
Pretrial, trial and post-trial processes
Sentencing issues and trends
Intermediate sanctions
Adult prison systems
Juvenile correction alternatives
Capital punishment
Prison organization
Inmate characteristics
Issues and trends

Customer Test Results for this Exam

442 users submitted test results since January, 2006.
422 of those users reported a passing score (96%).

Below are ten of the most recent user-submitted test results. These are unfiltered, real results that were submitted by InstantCert students:

Date of ExamResultScore
May 29, 2024passed413
Feb 21, 2024passed426
Jan 18, 2024passed459
Aug 21, 2023passed451
May 31, 2023passed438
May 9, 2023passed444
Apr 11, 2023passed454
Dec 19, 2022passed438
Dec 2, 2022passed410
Oct 14, 2022passed431
Live, unfiltered results posted by InstantCert students

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