Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) gives students the opportunity to demonstrate learning done outside of the college classroom to potentially earn college credit hours toward their degree goals. Learning must be assessed by designated faculty and evaluators in accordance with established Sinclair policies, equivalencies and course outcomes. All interested students are encouraged to contact a PLA Advisor in the Academic Advising Center to determine if PLA is an option they can utilize in pursuit of their academic goals.You can get course credit for prior learning in two different ways: 1) Credit by Exam 2) Credit for What You Know.

Credit By Exam

Advanced Placement Program (AP)
The College Board's AP Program offers high school students the opportunity to earn college course credit by providing examinations in 34 introductory courses in 20 fields. To have AP scores reported to Sinclair Community College, use school code 1720. For AP exams taken previously, contact the College Board at 888-225-5427 or via the College Board website to request that an official score report be sent to Sinclair. Students with an AP exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam(s) successfully completed.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
College Board offers nationally standardized CLEP exams that may allow learners to earn college credit for knowledge acquired through on-the-job training, professional development and other activities. By passing these exams with a minimum score, students are able to earn Sinclair credit by sending their official transcripts. CLEP exams can be taken at a variety of locations both locally and nationally.  Please reference the College Board website for most up-to-date testing site and pricing information. You are also able to view all exams Sinclair accepts and the minimum qualifying score. When you take a CLEP exam, request that your scores be sent to Sinclair using school code 1720. For results of CLEP exams taken in the past, contact the College Board for an official transcript.

DANTES Subject Specific Test (DSST)
DANTES Standardized Subject Tests are nationally standardized exams that can equate to specific Sinclair courses with a minimum qualifying score. DSST exams can be taken at a variety of locations both locally and nationally.  Please reference the Get College Credit website test information. When you take a DSST exam, please request your scores be sent to Sinclair using school code 9309. If you have already taken a DSST exam and did not have your scores sent to Sinclair, download the DSST Transcript Order form to get your scores.

Sinclair Proficiency Tests
Proficiency exams are institutional tests credit by department faculty and chairs at Sinclair. These exams allow students to demonstrate competency for a specific course without enrolling in the class.  Testing fees range from $65 to $110 and students are encouraged to talk with the PLA advisor in their career community to initiate the process. Visit the Sinclair Proficiency Tests by Course page for a list of courses available for proficiency tests.

Credit for What You Know

American Council on Education (ACE)
ACE provides access to transcripts for several of its programs through its National Guide resource. If you have taken training through your employer or a specialized training provider that has been evaluated by ACE, in many cases ACE has established credit recommendations that can help you get your training translated into college credit.
For ACE evaluations, your ACE transcript should be sent directly to the office of Registration and Student Records. Specific course equivalency is established by the department chairperson responsible for the subject area requested, and course credit is awarded as transfer credit. Additional information about ACE military evaluation programs can be found on the ACE National Guide.

Articulated Credit Request
Documentation of professional training, including copies of licenses, certifications or other credentials requiring passing an exam should be submitted to the PLA Advisor in a student’s Career Community (building 11, room 11346). The appropriate department chairperson will determine if any course credit can be awarded based on the documentation. This course credit will be added to your official Sinclair record. NOTE: These courses are not always transferable to other colleges, but they can fulfill degree requirements

Portfolio Based Evaluations
Sinclair recognizes that the classroom isn’t the only place where learning occurs. Many students bring to Sinclair a wealth of learning experiences and knowledge they’ve gained from work, outside interests and life itself. A portfolio is a detailed summary of a student’s individual learning experiences. It consists of a written description of experience, and most importantly, what learning was gained from the experience. To prepare the portfolio, students must enroll in PRL 1100, Prior Learning Portfolio Development (2 credit hours). Students work with a faculty member to create individual portfolios.

For more information, please contact:
Prior Learning Assessment
Phone: 937-512-2800