Kalamazoo Valley Community College

PLA Exam Steps
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Steps to Request Examination Credits

KVCC Proficiency Exam
Exams developed by individual departments for testing out of specific courses.

  1. Meet with the PLA office to discuss exam options.  The PLA office will provide the student with the request form to be completed. 
  2. Student takes the request form to the Pay Station, TTC 5131, and pays a nonrefundable $30.00 per credit hour fee before the proficiency exam is taken.  The business office signs the request form and sends the form back to the PLA office.
  3. The PLA office forwards the prior learning request form to the appropriate faculty member who will arrange the exam with the student.
  4. The appropriate faculty member evaluates the material presented, decides how many PLA credits to award and indicates if a credit (CR) grade should be issued.
  5. The PLA office ensures the credit(s) are posted to the students transcript.  A copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student.

CLEP (College Level Examination program)
National standardized testing in selected academic areas.

  1. CLEP exams can be taken on a walk-in basis at the Testing Center on the KVCC Texas Township Campus, room 2210.  You must arrive at least three hours before closing and it is helpful if you call in advance to let them know you are coming.
  2. There is a $20.00 KVCC administration fee in addition to the $77.00 CLEP examination fee, payable by credit card only at the Pay Station, TTC 5131.
  3. If you request on the test that KVCC receive a copy of your scores, we will record the appropriate credit earned for successful completion on your academic transcript.

DDST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
Subject standardized tests in various academic and technical subjects.

  1. DSST exams can be taken at the Testing Center on the KVCC Texas Township Campus.  At least three weeks before you wish to take the test, you will need to submit a DSST Test Order Form and schedule your appointment at the Testing Center, RM 2210.
  2. There is a $20.00 KVCC administration fee in addition to the $80.00 DSST examination fee, payable by credit card only at the Pay Station, TTC 5131.
  3. If you request on the test that KVCC receive a copy of your scores by entering our school code of 8665, we will record the appropriate credit earned for successful completion on your academic transcript.

AP (Advanced Placement) exams
A national standardized test in selected academic areas administered in high school

  1. Submit KVCC application and/or declare a degree or certificate program.
  2. Have your official exam results sent to KVCC:

    Degree Auditor
    Kalamazoo Valley Community College
    Texas Township Campus
    PO Box 4070
    Kalamazoo, MI  49003-4070

  3. The Degree Auditor will award credits to your KVCC transcript.

IB (International Baccalaureate) exams
An academically challenging curriculum selected in high school where tests are administered

  1. Submit KVCC application and/or declare a degree or certificate program.
  2. Have your official exam results sent to KVCC:

    Degree Auditor
    Kalamazoo Valley Community College
    Texas Township Campus
    PO Box 4070
    Kalamazoo, MI  49003-4070

  3. The Degree Auditor will award credits to your KVCC transcript.