Prior Learning Assessment

CTU Prior Academic Assessment

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Colorado Technical University offers the opportunity for you to transfer credit through the completion of advanced standing options that satisfy established criteria for credential awarding.

What You Need to Know
When you’re enrolled in an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree program, you may be evaluated and advised on your eligibility to use advanced standing methods within your first session of coursework. We evaluate all official documentation to ensure established Prior Learning Assessment criteria and guidelines for transfer credit are met before granting advanced standing credit.

Advanced standing options must be completed no later than one session prior to the start date of the course(s) for which you wish to earn credit. Once you are in your last session of your degree program, no advanced standing credit will be awarded.

Additional Ways to Earn Credit
In addition to college credit earned at accredited postsecondary institutions, the following are eligible for evaluation toward academic credit through Colorado Technical University:

  1. Course Challenge Examinations
  2. Experiential Learning demonstrating subject matter mastery through documented work experience
  3. Military Credit for training or Military Occupational Specialty
  4. Professional Training/Certification credit
  5. Standardized Assessment score results (AP, CLEP, DSST)

Once you are accepted for admission to the University, you may consult with a Prior Learning Assessment Specialist to learn more about advanced standing requirements and to seek degree planning assistance. However, it should be noted that official transcripts and formal documents are required before evaluation of transfer credit can occur, and the source of credit must meet the established transfer credit criteria.

Earning Credit Through Standardized Assessments

You may be able to earn credit 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. If you achieve a qualifying score of a 3 or higher on the respective AP Examination, proficiency credit is awarded according to 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.

CLEP Examinations
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program of credit by examination to obtain recognition of college level achievement. Colorado Technical University is a registered CLEP credit granting institution and you should consult http://www.collegeboard.com to find a CLEP examination center in your area.

Colorado Technical University 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. In order to ensure that a CLEP examination is transferable into your degree program, you should consult with a Prior Learning Assessment Specialist. The total number of CLEP credits applied to a degree program may not exceed 45 session hours. Please note, you may be required to pay a fee directly to CLEP.

CLEP examinations are available in the following areas of study:

  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Physical Science
  • Applied Technology
  • Humanities

DSST Examinations
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) offer another option for you to demonstrate competencies for learning in non-traditional ways. Originally designed for military service members, DSST examinations are now available to both military and civilian learners. More information on study guides and examination options is available at http://www.getcollegecredit.com. 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.