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Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Credit is defined as credit awarded for demonstrated college-level learning gained through work, traditional and nontraditional educational experiences, and other life experiences. The learning must be relevant to the student’s selected course of study at Triton College. Prior Learning Credit may be awarded through one or more of the following means:

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Level Examination Program
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests
  • Military Experience
  • Portfolio Evaluations
  • Proficiency Examinations
  • Transfer Credit
  • State Seal of Bilteracy
  • International Baccalaureate

Advanced Placement
Students may be granted college credit through successful performance on any of the advanced placement tests of the College Board. Students are responsible for submitting the scores to the Record Evaluator’s Office and for petitions requesting the granting of such credit. Credit awarded in this manner will be added to the semester hours earned but not the semester hours attempted or the grade points. Students must score the required score set by the department.

Students planning to transfer as part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) should note that passing scores on appropriate AP exams may be used to fulfill general education core requirements for students only if an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree is earned prior to transfer.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Triton College follows the guidelines of the Illinois Community College Board in accepting credit from the general examinations of College Level Examination Program.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
The DSST Program is an extensive series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends three semester hours of credit per test. Acceptance of DSST credit is subject to departmental approval.

Military Experience
The college follows the recommendation of ACE in granting four semester hours of undergraduate credit in physical education and two semester hours of credit for health education received in basic training. In addition, courses completed in training may also be accepted for college credit.

Proficiency Exams
Academic credit or advanced placement may be granted following either a review of the content of specific courses or a proficiency examination in compliance with individual departmental policies. All credits or advanced placement awarded are subject to approval by the department chairperson and the appropriate dean. Students should contact the department to determine if a proficiency exam is available in the area of study.

Portfolio Evaluations
Students with work experience, military experience, academic experience or certification that translates into having mastered the content of a Triton course may apply to receive credit in accordance with departmental policy.

Transfer Credit
Students may be allowed to transfer courses taken at a Higher Learning Commission or other regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a grade of “C” or above. Students interested in transferring a grade of “D” should contact the Records Department for additional information. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Records Department for evaluation.

State Seal of Biliteracy
Students earning the State Seal of Biliteracy, the equivalent of two years of foreign language coursework taken during high school, are eligible to receive prior learning credit. Students interested in earning academic credit for this distinction must make this request to Triton College within three years after graduating from an approved high school. Click here for Triton College course equivalencies.  

International Baccalaureate
Students may be granted college credit through successful performance on International Baccalaureate exams. Students are responsible for submitting the scores to the Record Evaluator’s Office and for petitions requesting the granting of such credit. Credit awarded in this manner will be added to the semester hours earned but not the semester hours attempted or the grade points. Students must score the required score set by the department. Click here for Triton College course equivalencies

 

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