Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is academic credit that is awarded to students who can successfully demonstrate college or university-level learning achieved through informal or experiential learning outside of the classroom. You could have your learning evaluated for academic credit, saving you time and money towards earning your degree.
Our assessments are formally created by faculty or the department and are available in our online learning platform, D2L Brightspace. Assessments take a combination of skills approach. Students may be asked to test, demonstrate, and write to show their learning is college level and is equivalent to the course they are assessing. Students will also be asked to provide pieces of evidence for their learning.
Credit for prior learning (CPL) assessment is $100 per credit.
Our institution provides credit for successful scores on several CLEP exams. The following table lists the exam(s) for which credit is granted, the required score, and the equivalent course you would bypass.
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Accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities, CLEP® exams let students show their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects. With a qualifying score on any of the 33 CLEP exams, students can earn three or more credits and place out of the corresponding course.
How do I prepare for a CLEP exam?
CLEP study materials can be found on the CLEP website: clep.collegeboard.org/practice. Access sample test questions, exam topics, and other suggested study resources.
Modern States Education Alliance is a non-profit is intended to let students earn up to one year of college credit without tuition or textbook expense. Modern States offers 30 high quality prep courses, taught by some of the world's leading universities and professors. Each course includes online lectures, quizzes, tests, and other features. Textbooks and materials will also be provided online, free of charge.
The courses are designed to prepare students for the major “Advanced Placement” (AP)* or “College Level Examination Program” (CLEP)* tests offered by the College Board, including subjects such as History, Computer Science, Math, English and Economics.
Once you have completed the prep course with Modern States you can then Request a CLEP Voucher from the Modern States website for a free CLEP exam.
How do I get credit for CLEP?
Before you take a CLEP exam, review your college's CLEP policy to understand:
Which CLEP exams your college accepts
What score is needed to get credit
How many credits are awarded
When you register for a CLEP exam, request that a copy of your score report be sent to your college. After receiving your score, the college will decide whether or not to award you credit for, or to exempt you from, one or more courses based on its CLEP credit policy.
STEP THREE: Call the nearest test center to schedule your exam.
Administration Fee: $20 (paid to the test center)
CLEP Exam Fee: $87
DANTES-Funded Military Service Members
(Includes Active Duty/ Reserves/National Guard): There's no exam fee for the first attempt of each CLEP test, but you may have to pay the college's administration fee. If you test at a fully funded test center, the administration fee is waived. Military personnel must present military ID. Check the CLEP website for eligibility requirements: clep.collegeboard.org/military.
DSST is an internet-based training program that allows you to earn college credit. Dakota County Technical College offers more than 30 different DSST exams. Each exam is scored individually and includes the option to retake after three months if needed. Minimum score is different on each test. Tests are pass/fail. There is no limit on the number of tests you may take per MN State. Residency requirements must be met.
DCTC is a DSST Fully Funded test center. Eligible military service members, civilians and eligible spouses may have the administrative fee waived.
Two forms of ID are required to test. Candidates must bring a valid Geneva Conventions Common Access Card (CAC) and a U.S. Government or State-issued Photo ID to the test site on test day before they can test. For questions regarding eligibility for DANTES-funded testing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DCTC will not limit the total number of credits a student may earn through AP examinations. However, credits earned through AP are not resident credits and will not be used to satisfy resident credit requirements for graduation. Students must provide DCTC with an official report of AP scores in order to receive credit. Visit https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ for more information.
Many industry trainings and certificates that can potentially be worth credit. Our faculty have examined the credential in their area and have aligned them to DCTC courses. If you have any of these credentials that will also align with the program you are taking at DCTC, fill out the form provided and present a copy of your current-non-expired certificate or training.