University Credit Assessment Center
Prior Learning Assessment
Turn Your Knowledge into College Credit
The University of Toledo allows you to receive college credit for relevant work, volunteer and life experiences through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Explore how you may earn college credit for learning outside the traditional classroom and earn up to 30 credit hours through PLA.
Prior Learning Assessment Benefits:
- Validates learning gained through work and life experience
- Earn credit for your accomplishments
- Eliminates duplication of learning
- May reduce the cost of education
- May shorten the time to complete a college program
- Helps with career development and planning of educational goals
- Enhances your critical thinking as you articulate your knowledge and achievements
Standardized Testing and Credit by Exam:
Choose from multiple exam subjects through the College-Level Examination Program testing (CLEP) or the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). Students can petition for credit by examination through The University of Toledo and the instructor for the course that credit through Prior Learning Assessment is desired.
Looking for more information on how to receive college credit through testing? Click herefor the Frequently Asked Questions.
Information regarding CLEP and DSST tests scheduling can be found at The University of Toledo Testing Services websiteor contact the UT Test Center at 419.530.3266
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit - UT Chart Advanced Placement/Advanced Credit
Portfolio Development is an archiving tool for accelerating degree progress by documenting and assessing prior college-level learning gained in a variety of work, volunteer, and learning experiences. A Prior Learning Assessment Adviser will provide individual coaching to assist the student in determining the potential for portfolio development to apply toward requirements for a given student's program of study. A sample portfolio and forms are available below.
Students pay a $30.00 per credit hour assessment fee when a request for assessment is made. When credit is awarded a transcription fee equivalent to 50% tuition is charged to a student's account.
How to Get Started: Students desiring credit through the Prior Learning Assessment process should make an appointment with a PLA Advisor at 419.530.3142or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Prior Learning Assessment Forms
Portfolio Academic Honesty Statement
PLA Petition for Credit
Standardized Testing Catalog
Steps for pursuing Prior Learning Assessment
PLA Student Guide
UT PLA Policy
Sample PLA Portfolio