Many of our prospective students enter our degree programs with significant prior knowledge and experience directly related to their chosen field of study. At OSUIT, we allow you to apply your relevant learning, work, and life experiences toward college credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
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OSUIT offers numerous options for you to earn prior learning credit toward your degree of choice. In addition to review of credit earned at accredited post-secondary institutions, the following options are eligible for evaluation of your knowledge and skills through prior learning assessment at OSUIT:
You may be able to earn credit by demonstrating knowledge competency through standardized assessments. Here are the three most common assessments available:
Advanced Placement Examinations
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations provide you with the opportunity to complete college-level coursework while in high school and to gain valuable skills and study habits for college. Proficiency credit is awarded according to American Council of Education (ACE) recommendations for the respective lower level course requirements. You must submit a copy of an official AP score report to be evaluated for this proficiency credit award.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program of credit by examination to obtain recognition of college level achievement. OSU Institute of Technology is a registered CLEP credit granting institution and CLEP examinations are administered in our Assessment Center. OSUIT awards proficiency credit for lower level comparable coursework based on CLEP examination scores as recommended by ACE for the respective lower level course requirements. You must submit a copy of an official CLEP score report to be evaluated for this proficiency credit award.
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) were originally designed for military service members but are now available to both military and civilian learners. Proficiency credit is awarded for passing scores according to ACE recommendations for the respective lower level course requirements. You must submit a copy of an official DSST score report to be evaluated for this proficiency credit award.
OSUIT recognizes that knowledge gained outside of the classroom may be relevant to your degree program. Learning experiences gained through employment, non-collegiate school based education, or other appropriate channels may be evaluated for course credit through our PLA Portfolio Review process.