Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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Prior Learning Assessment Options

The PLA office will guide you through the various prior learning assessment options.  You can use one or a combination of options to earn KVCC college credit.

Examinations

KVCC Proficiency Exam
Exams developed by individual departments for testing out of specific courses
There is a nonrefundable fee of $30.00 per credit hour requested.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
National standardized testing in selected academic areas.
There is a $77.00 CLEP examination fee in addition to a $20.00 administration fee.

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
Standardized tests in various academic and technical subjects.
There is a $80.00 DANTES examination fee in addition to a $20.00 administration fee.

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

IB (International Baccalaureate) Exams
An academically challenging curriculum administered by high schools.

Program Evaluation

Transfer Credit
Formal agreements with schools and organizations recognizing college credit equivalencies.

American Council of Education Guide (ACE)
National directory of military, industrial, business and manufacturing training that has been evaluated and converted to college credit.

Departmental Credit by Evaluation
Recognition of state licenses, certificates and training.
There is a $15.00 processing fee for conversion of prior learning to credit.

Portfolio
A prior learning portfolio is a documented summary prepared by the student that gives evidence that college level learning has occurred.  Portfolios demonstrate knowledge related to specific course requirements and competencies.  There is a nonrefundable fee of $30.00 per credit hour requested.