Prior Learning Assessment

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Elms College helps adult learners earn college credits for life and/or work experience.

PLA requirements:

  • Adult learners who are 23 years of age or older
  • Matriculated undergraduate students with a minimum of 6 Elms credits
  • Grade of C or better in English Composition I

What are PLA options at Elms College?

  • Credit by examination: DSST/DANTES, CLEP, AP
  • Evaluation of transcript credit institutionally or by the American Council on Education (ACE) for professional, licensure, and training certificates
  • Evaluation of CCAF or joint services military transcripts
  • Portfolio Assessment (PLA) – document the college-level learning gained through work and other experience

Where to begin…

  • Complete PLA099 Introduction to PLA.
  • Register for PLA100 Prior Learning Assessment Seminar.
  • Create and submit the portfolio(s) for evaluation.