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Standardized Exams: Students may take a standardized exam to show proficiency of college level learning.

Examples of Standardized testing includes:

Departmental Exams: Students may take a departmental exam in the form of an interview, oral presentation, a performance or demonstration, a written test, or a combination of formats. Departmental exams are developed and evaluated by faculty and/or Deans and Chairs. Exams should be taken prior to the student’s last semester of enrollment preceding graduation.

  • Complete the PLA application. On your application make sure you select Exam as your method of PLA.
  • Indicate on your application what department/course/exam you are seeking to acquire credit from.
  • PLA coordinator will connect you to the department you wish to earn PLA credit from.
  • PLA coordinator will help to assist you scheduling your departmental exam.
  • The student who wishes to take a departmental challenge examination must pay a $50 non-refundable fee prior to taking each examination. An official form, “Request for Credit by Examination,” may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.
  • If applicant takes and successfully passes an exam, they will be awarded credit to their A-State transcript.