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Prior Learning Credit


Prior learning can be used to save you time and money in your quest to complete a college degree.  Prior Learning Credit can be earned at Clarion University through nationally standardized exams such as CLEP and Advanced Placement and from documentation of learning acquired through the military, workplace and training experiences.  Below are several types of prior learning assessment options that are available at Clarion.

Credit by Exam         Life Experience Credit          Military Service Credit          Corporate Training

Credit by Exam

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
    You can earn credit through qualifying AP Exam Scores.
    AP Courses & Scoring
  • The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    You can receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any CLEP examination.
    List of Exams
    Exam Test Dates
  • Credit by Examination
    Enrolled, degree-seeking students who appear to possess a proficiency equal to or greater than that required in a particular course may make application for such an examination in the Office of the Registrar.
  • International Baccalaureate Organization Credits (IB)
    Clarion recognizes the IB Diploma Programme which is an academically challenging program for students in their high school years.  Only certain high schools participate.  Participating students should refer to the IB chart to see what credits can be awarded.
    Learn more about the IB Diploma Programme  
    IB Course Equivalency Chart


Life Experience Credit

Credit for Life Experience
You can be awarded credits for life experiences that are directly related to courses of study.
Life Experience Form & Procedures



Military Service Credit

DANTES Military Evaluations Program
DSST - Get College Credit


ACE - The American Council on Education

Through ACE, you can take academic credit for most of the training you have received, including Basic Training. The ACE military evaluations program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and coordinated through DANTES.

  • Army
    The Army uses the AARTS system (New JST Joint Services Transcripts), which automatically captures your academic credits from military training, and standardized tests.
    AARTS (JST) Home Page
  • Navy and Marines
    The Navy and Marine Corps use the SMART system (New JST Joint Services Transcripts). This system automatically captures your training, experience and standardized test scores.
    SMART (JST) Home Page
  • Air Force
    The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) automatically captures your training, experience and standardized test scores.
    CCAF web site
  • Coast Guard
    The Coast Guard Institute (CGI) requires each service member to submit documentation of all training (except correspondence course records), along with an enrollment form, to receive a transcript.
    USCG Transcript Request
  • Veterans
    You will need to provide your Discharge Documents to receive credit or your experience.