Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Many colleges evaluate the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom for college credit. This is called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Examples of PLA

  • Certifications
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DSST
  • Portfolio
  • UExcel
What are the benefits of PLA?
You can save time in your journey towards a degree. The costs associated with PLA are some times much lower than a typical credit hour. In addition you may qualify for state financial aid that may be used for PLA. Find out more.
How do I register for a CLEP or DSST exam?
CLEP: Find a testing center on College Board’s website.

DSST: Search for a testing center location on the DSST website.

How do I earn credit?
You will want to check with the admissions office where you plan to transfer to see what credit they will accept. To see how your CLEP scores could potentially earn you credit at Indiana public institutions, view our CLEP database.