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Prior Learning Assessment

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The University of Cincinnati allows students to earn college credit for knowledge obtained outside of the traditional classroom setting through the process of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).There are multiple methods for pursuing PLA:

  • Credit by Exam:  The College Level Examination Program (or CLEP)and the DSST Examinations are nationally recognized programs of standardized tests that allow students to receive credit by earning a qualifying score. Various programs on campus provide their own internal credit by exam options; check with your academic adviser to see if your college or program offers them. Click here for information about DSST, including registration.
    Click here for more information about CLEP, including registration information .

  • Portfolio Review: The Portfolio Review Process involves the identification, documentation, assessment and recognition of learning acquired through formal and information study. This may include work and life experience, training, independent study, military experience, volunteering, travel, hobbies and families experiences.
    Click here for information about Portfolio Review Application


  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: These programs are geared toward high school students, but qualifying scores on exams do allow students to earn credit. If you participated in an IB program, please click here to find out how IB credit is awarded at UC. For AP score requirements, click here