DSST* Study Guide

General Anthropology

The only study guide that teaches you what you need to know to pass the General Anthropology 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 General Anthropology DSST exam covers the material that would typically be taught in an undergraduate college course on general anthropology. InstantCert's course for this subject offers a concise but thorough introduction to the main branches of anthropology and the theories and concepts associated with studying human organization and cultures.

Topics Covered in this Course

Anthropology as a Discipline - Branches and Methodologies
Physical anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistics
Archaeology
Various Theoretical Perspectives
Structuralism
Functionalism
Cultural ecology
Cultural evolution
Cultural determinism
Physical Anthropology
Genetic principles
Adaptation, natural selection, variations
Living primates
Fossils
Archaeology
Methodology
Paleolithic and Mesolithic
Neolithic
Development of civilization and urban societies
Political Organization
Politics, political systems - bands, tribes, chiefdoms, states
Social control - customs, laws, war
Social Organization
Marriage and family patterns
Kinship and descent groups
Groups and associations
Social stratification
Economic Organization
Subsistence and settlement patterns
Formal and substantive approaches
Communal and private ownership of land, material and nonmaterial property
Reciprocity, redistribution, and market exchange
Production , allocation, use, and consumption of goods and services
Nature of Culture
Symbols and symbolic systems
Language, morphology, phonology
Society vs. culture
Cultural variation: universals and alternatives
Real vs. ideal culture
Cultural change - invention, diffusion, innovation
Cultural relativity, ethnocentrism
Etic and emic world views
The individual in culture
The arts
Religion
Religious institutions
Beliefs systems, world views
Religious practices and practitioners
Rites of passage
Modernization and Application of Anthropology
Applied anthropology
Cultural survival
Directed cultural change

Customer Test Results for this Exam

118 users submitted test results since June, 2008.
109 of those users reported a passing score (92%).

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
Aug 19, 2020failed392
Aug 10, 2020passed467
Feb 20, 2020passed417
Nov 7, 2019passed436
Sep 18, 2019passed400
Jul 24, 2019failed396
Jan 17, 2019passed462
Oct 13, 2018passed407
Aug 30, 2018passed448
Jul 20, 2018passed418
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