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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. 

The PLA Program adheres and maintains best practices in assessing prior learning as recommended by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

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 here for the Frequently Asked Questions.

Testing Quick Links
UT Standardized Testing Catalog
UT CLEP Scores/Course Chart
CLEP information 
DSST information 

Information regarding CLEP and DSST tests scheduling can be found at The University of Toledo Testing Services website or contact the UT Test Center at 419.530.3266

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit - UT Chart Advanced Placement/Advanced Credit

Portfolio Development 

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 $100.00 per course for the assessment process. There are no additional fees if credit is awarded and transcribed. 

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:


Last Updated: 2/9/17