Prior Learning Assessments

Getting credit for what you know

The College of St. Scholastica recognizes that college-level learning occurs outside of formal school settings, and that students often acquire academic knowledge through past work, military service, on-the-job training, massive open online courses (MOOCs) or other experiences. In recognition of these legitimate modes of learning, students may earn college credit via Prior Learning Assessment.

There are two primary pathways for demonstrating prior learning: portfolio assessment and testing. Both of these options can save time and money on the journey toward a degree.

How prior learning assessments work

  1. Develop a program plan with your advisor. Your first step should be to consult with your advisor. Your advisor will evaluate your past work and educational experiences to determine opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment.
  2. Complete a portfolio assessment. A faculty member will work with you to develop an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) that describes how your past experience meets the learning objectives of one or more courses.
  3. Complete tests to demonstrate expertise. The following test options are available to receive college credits.
  • The College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) is administered by the College Board. CLEP tests are available to prove mastery in more than 30 undergraduate college courses, including many general education and business courses.
  • DSST exams are college-level exams recommended for credit by the American Council on Education. Thirty-eight subject-level tests are available in diverse disciplines.
  • St. Scholastica Challenge Exams are self-paced and avoid the high-pressure of a timed exam, while still giving you the chance to show that you’ve mastered the content required for completing a specific course.

And, don’t forget that you can take advantage of online learning to put the flexibility you need into your schedule!

Start getting credit for what you know today!

If you're a prospective student, please Contact a Completion Coach by filling out the Request Information form at the top of this page  or call (866) 416-0144 to learn more.

If you're a current or accepted student and would like to learn more about how you can earn credit for prior learning, speak to your assigned advisor.

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