DSST* Study Guide
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
Various Theoretical Perspectives
Adaptation, natural selection, variations
Paleolithic and Mesolithic
Development of civilization and urban societies
Politics, political systems - bands, tribes, chiefdoms, states
Social control - customs, laws, war
Marriage and family patterns
Kinship and descent groups
Groups and associations
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
Beliefs systems, world views
Religious practices and practitioners
Rites of passage
Modernization and Application of Anthropology
Directed cultural change
Customer Test Results for this Exam
131 users submitted test results since June, 2008.
119 of those users reported a passing score (91%).
Below are ten of the most recent user-submitted test results. These are unfiltered, real results that were submitted by InstantCert students:
|Date of Exam||Result||Score|
|Sep 1, 2023||passed||448|
|Aug 18, 2023||passed||435|
|Feb 22, 2023||passed||445|
|Nov 4, 2022||passed||413|
|Jun 23, 2022||passed||435|
|Dec 17, 2021||passed||445|
|Nov 18, 2021||failed||394|
|Oct 1, 2021||passed||419|
|Sep 21, 2021||failed||379|
|Jul 12, 2021||passed||462|
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