Prior Learning Assessments
Do you have life learning experiences that you would like to turn into college credit? At Judson, we understand the value of the knowledge that you’ve already gained through life and work. Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs) are a way to convert your life learning into credit through portfolios and/or credit-by-examination.
You can earn up to 30 elective credits through PLA portfolio writing. PLA Portfolios provide recognition for prior learning acquired either formally within an institution or through a wide variety of life and work experiences, such as career experience, personal study, and community work.
You’ll begin by attending a free workshop and then developing your first PLA portfolio. Once the first portfolio is completed, you may submit topic portfolios on approved subjects. These will be assessed by an evaluator in the specific field.
Another way to convert your life experience into college credit is through credit-by-examination. If you feel confident in a subject area being offered for testing, it’s as simple as taking the test. A passing grade will grant you credits for either general education or elective requirements.
You can earn up to 30 credits through three types of tests:
- CLEP (College Level Examination Programs) examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. For more information, visit The College Board.
- DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) examinations provide an opportunity for people to obtain college credit for what they have learned in non-traditional ways. For more information, visit Get College Credit.
- SAM (Skill Assessment Management) tests demonstrate students’ knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. For more information, visit www.course.com/assessment/sam.