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Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired.
Credit may be earned in a variety of ways: for example, assessment of your previous life and work experiences, challenge exams, competency exams, and portfolio assessment. Credit may also be awarded through credentialing for certifications and trainings.
Students interested in any of the Credit for Prior Learning programs may contact academic advising to set up an appointment to discuss the best match between their prior learning and MassBay courses for credit.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
Credit for certain courses may be earned by scoring 3 or higher on the AP exam, which is administered by the College Board. Students have generally taken the exam prior to applying to MassBay.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit for certain courses may be earned by scoring 50 or higher on the CLEP exam, which is administered by the College Board. Students may have taken the exam prior to applying to MassBay, or during their time at MassBay.
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) helps service members and veterans pursue their educational goals and earn degrees or certifications both during and after their service. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), administered by Prometric, allow students the opportunity to receive college credit for prior learning. The cost of these exams may be subsidized for active service members.
College credit for prior leaning can be earned in some subject areas by passing a UEXCEL exam. UEXCEL is a credit by examination program offered in a computer-based format at many test centers.
- CHALLENGE EXAMS
Credit for certain courses may be earned by showing competency by passing a Departmental Challenge exam. MassBay currently offers Challenge Exams for Computers and Technology (CS 100) and Critical Thinking (CT 100). Students interested in taking the challenge exams should contact the Office of Academic Advising.
- CS 100 - Computers &Technology Fee: $50
- CT 100 - Critical Thinking Fee: $50
Contact the Divisional Academic Dean for the course you are interested in for information and the process.
CREDENTIALING - MILITARY SERVICE
MassBay is committed to veterans seeking postsecondary educational opportunities. In accordance with the VALOR ACT, Massachusetts Bay Community College evaluates credit earned for military education, training, experience, or coursework using the same standards as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. Students receive accurate and complete academic counseling from the Veterans’ Coordinator in collaboration with the Academic Advising Center. (Quicklink to http://www.massbay.edu/veterans/ )
- The Joint Services Transcript
The Joint Services Transcript (JST) provides veterans and active service members the opportunity to receive college credit for their relevant military experience. There is no cost for a MassBay evaluation of the official JST.
Important note when reviewing your transfer credits: not all courses accepted for transfer may be applicable to every program, or at every institution. If you have any questions
concerning credits that may or may not apply to a program, you may contact the advising center at 781-239-2775 or AdvisingCenter@massbay.edu