Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

A prior learning assessment system is designed to allow you to earn credit toward a degree based on knowledge you've acquired through work, training or classes.

Options to Assess your Previous Learning

Transfer Credit

Official transcripts from high school and colleges you attended can be evaluated for the potential of transfer into your Pace University program.

Challenge Exams (Credit by Examination)

You may be able to obtain college credit by passing a "challenge examination".

Military Training

Obtain college credit for certain successfully completed military training programs. For more information about military training transcripts, visit the American Council on Education

Standardized National Exams

The College Board has developed exams that are part of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES (for military training). Learn more.


Through an instructor-led course (either face to face or online) an adult student can develop a portfolio that demonstrates past learning experiences and outcomes. The student portfolio is then evaluated by faculty members and recommendations are made about the amount and content area of credit to be awarded.

Prior Learning Assessment Resources

Pace University Resources

Information on Prior Learning and Competency Assessment

Predict Your College Credit

Predict your college credit with the Credit Predictor

Articles and Publications

Check out Prior Learning Assessment publications

Your Learning Counts

Why take - and pay for - classes in subjects you have already mastered? Check out LearningCounts.org

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