Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the evaluation of an individual's life learning for college credit. Learning may be acquired through work, corporate training programs, military service, independent study, and volunteer or community service.

PLA is not just one method or tool. It includes methods such as:

Credit by Exam

If students can satisfy the requirements of a particular course by a written or oral examination, they may be able to get credit by departmental examination without formally enrolling in the course. This policy allows students to receive credit if they have completed equivalent study at a non-accredited school or if they can present evidence of independent study and related work experience. Students cannot use this process to repeat a course to improve a grade.

To be eligible, the student must be fully matriculated with a minimum 2.00 GPA at WSU and enrolled at the University during the semester in which a credit by examination is requested. To apply, the student should request a Credit by Examination form from the Warrior Hub (Maxwell Hall) and obtain the necessary approvals from the academic dean and department offering the course to be credited. Credit by Examinations will be posted to the studentís record at the end of the term. These credits are not used in determining full-time status

Standardized Exams

WSU students can earn credit through standardized exams†such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Program, and International Baccalaureate (IB).

Credit for Military Training

Service schools and training are evaluated according to the recommendations of the American Council on Educationís Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services when students present an official AARTS or SMARTS transcript to the WSU Office of Admissions.

Portfolio Assessment

Credit for prior learning by portfolio review allows students to obtain credit for learning that was acquired outside of the traditional institutional setting.

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