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223 - Credit for Prior Learning in Non-Credit/Experiential/Credit by Exam

Legal Reference: Minnesota State Board Policy 3.35, Procedure 3.35.1 

The college may grant course credit on the basis of proficiency acquired through experience other than formal education.  Students passing a nationally recognized examination, a college course challenge examination (Test Out), a college course competency demonstration examination (a Test Out of physical skills) or that have acquired Military training or service that meets the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) or the equivalent shall be granted college credit.

The following is a list of nationally recognized examinations that are acceptable for college credit transfer:  (See Registrar for minimum scores required)

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

College course challenge exams and competency demonstration exams must be completed within the first five (5) days of a term.  Students may not Test Out of a course that they have previously failed or from which they have withdrawn.  Students shall have one (1) opportunity to complete and pass the examination.  Credits earned through this method are not considered residency credits.  A per-credit fee is assessed for these examinations. 

The following is a list of college course challenge and competency demonstration examinations that are given at the college:  (See department faculty for possible other opportunities)

  • CHEM 1510 Fundamentals of Chemistry, 3 Credits
  • COMP 2515 Computers: Issues & Applications I, 3 Credits
  • MATH 1515, Introductory Algebra, 2 credits
  • MATH 1520 Geometry/Trigonometry 2 Credits
  • MATH 1525, Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits

Students with Military training or service shall receive credit in accordance with Minnesota Statute 197.775, Subdivision 2, if the training or service course meets the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) or the equivalent.

Students looking for other credit for prior learning opportunities may go to

Approved: October 6, 1999
Reviewed: February 7, 2011
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; October 8, 2008; December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013

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