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  • What is Credit-By-Exam or CBE?

    Beth Dumbauld

    CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn college credit for what you already know. Students can pick and choose college-level subject matter exams from a variety of credit-by-exam providers. Passing tests through a credit-by-exam program offers students the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or transfer credit to thousands of colleges and universities. Credit-by-Exam providers include: CLEP DSST UExcel AP Each exam program sets its own testing schedule and has its own test taking centers. All credit-by-exam programs have specified waiting periods before you are able to retake any exam for credit. You can also earn college credit by taking self-paced online college cou ...

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  • What is ACE CREDIT?

    Beth Dumbauld

    What is the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service or ACE CREDIT? ACE CREDIT is the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service. ACE CREDIT recommendations are used by students to obtain college credit or advanced college placement for formal courses or exams taken outside the traditional classroom. Students commonly take formal courses and exams eligible for ACE CREDIT through: Online college course providers Businesses Unions Government Military Associations ACE CREDIT Registry and Transcript Service is able to keep a lifelong record of all your ACE CREDIT recommendations. Earning ACE CREDIT recommendations for your formal coursework or exams does not guara ...

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  • What is a Prior Learning Assessment or PLA?

    Beth Dumbauld

    A PLA is a Prior Learning Assessment. A PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) assists individuals who have gained significant subject-matter expertise through life experience to document that knowledge and earn college credit. Typically, a PLA is administered through an educational provider as a college credit-bearing course. A PLA results in a portable, verifiable portfolio of skills and knowledge that has been evaluated by a college faculty member in the relevant subject area(s). Recommendations for college credit are made based on the learning outcomes demonstrated by this portfolio. These college credit recommendations can then be used as transfer credit for college courses by receiving colleges and universities. A PLA is also used as ...

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  • What is the CLEP Exam - College Level Examination Program?

    Beth Dumbauld

    What is the CLEP Exam or the College Level Examination Program? CLEP is the College Level Examination Program. The CollegeBoard offers 33 exams in a variety of subject matters which can help you receive college credit for what you already know. CLEP exams are offered in the following subject areas: Composition Literature Foreign languages History Social Sciences Science Math Business Currently, over 2,900 colleges offer credits earned through CLEP, though each school sets its own CLEP policy. It is advisable to ask ahead if your college will accept CLEP results. CLEP exams are approximately 90 minutes long, with the exception of College Composition, which takes 120 minutes. Exams contain mainly multiple-choi ...

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  • What is Transfer Credit?

    Beth Dumbauld

    A Transfer Credit is a college credit earned at one institution of higher education that is later transferred to and accepted by another institution. A Transfer Credit can also be earned by passing competency exams that demonstrate mastery in a specific subject area. An earned college credit is considered a transfer credit once it is accepted by the “receiving” institution of higher learning. Receiving institutions decide which transfer credits it will accept, typically through the admissions or registrar’s office. Students who have transfer credits accepted are given advanced standing at the new institution. A Transfer Credit can be earned by: AP Credit (Advanced Placement) Credits for community college coursework Coll ...

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