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Earn Credit for Prior Learning

Do you speak Spanish or another language? Are you proficient with computers and software? Do you have career or military experience? Then you may be able to earn college credit for your knowledge and skills. With NECC’s Credit for Life Learning, you can save money, move through the sequence of courses at a faster pace, and graduate quicker!

Ways to Earn Credit for Life Experience

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

The College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides participating high schools the opportunity to offer college-level coursework to students in a variety of subject areas. Upon completion of an AP course, the high school student may take an AP examination. AP scores range from 1 to 5 points. AP scores of 3, 4, and 5 are commonly acceptable as the equivalent of college-level course work. MORE about 'CLEP & DSST Exams'

CLEP & DSST Testing

CLEP & DSST Testing

Taking a CLEP or DSST exam is a great way to get a head start on or fast track your college credits. You can earn credit for what you already know, earn up to 12 college credits toward your degree, (nine credits for foreign language exams), and transfer these credits just about anywhere!
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) offer exams in areas such as foreign languages, business, composition and literature, history and social sciences, science and math. MORE about 'CLEP & DSST Exams'

Challenge Examinations

Challenge Examinations

If you feel that your background, education, and experience have given you sufficient knowledge in a subject area, you may challenge certain courses. By passing an exam in a certain subject area, you earn college credits. Challenge exams are not available as an option if other proficiency examinations (such as CLEP) are available. MORE about 'Challenge Exam Overview'.

Evaluation by Portfolio

Evaluation by Portfolio

A portfolio evaluation is an in-depth document you prepare showing how your experience meets with a particular course’s objectives. To find out if you are eligible, check with an Academic Placement & Testing Center staff member. MORE about 'Credit Portfolio Evaluation'.

Evaluation by Credential

Evaluation by Credential

If you have had training or received certifications through your professional work, you may able to have your experiences evaluated for college credit. To find out if you are eligible, check with an Academic Placement & Testing Center staff member. MORE about 'Credit Credential Evaluation'.

Language Proficiency Testing

Language Proficiency Testing

Measure your Proficiency of a Foreign Language through the language testing services offered at the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU) & Brigham Young University Foreign Language Achievement Tests ( BYU FLATS). The test is offered in more than 50 languages and can be used by universities to grant academic credit or to grant you advanced placement in your language of study. The test also may be used for professional purposes, such as teacher certification or to establish linguistic competence for business objectives. MORE about 'Language Proficiency Testing'.

Military Evaluations

Military Evaluations

We are pleased to offer college credit for your military experience. Earn academic credit for your military experience. MORE about 'Military Evaluation'.

Credit for Prior Learning Requirements and Costs

Requirements

Requirements

  • You must have matriculated into a program of study.
  • You should understand that the awarding of credit is based on knowledge, not simply on experience.
  • You must be able to demonstrate, in a verifiable manner, that you have acquired the same level of academic knowledge that would be obtained by taking the NECC course.

The standards for issuing credit are necessarily rigorous. The center relies heavily on the faculty’s expertise in evaluating the experiential learning for which the individual is seeking credit. The standards applied to the evaluation process must be consistent, documented, and meet guidelines developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) to assess experiential learning.

Cost

Cost

  • You need to pay a non-refundable $40 administrative fee, in advance, through our online FlexReg payment system, mail-in or walk-in. The fee for credit for prior learning portfolio review, credential evaluation, and the challenge exam is $50 per credit hour.  This information will be required when completing the Credit for Prior Learning Application.
  • For CLEP and DSST Exams, you will pay a non-refundable $40 NECC registration fee in advance to reserve a seat. You are also required to purchase the exam you would like to take for $85 through the College Board for CLEP and Prometric for DSST.
  • For Language Proficiency Exams, you will pay a $75 non-refundable proctored testing services fee to NECC in advance and will be required to  pay other applicable fees through NYU/BYU.

There is no fee for credits issued based on military experience.

Massachusetts Community Colleges – My Experience Counts

Contact

  • Donna Felisberto
    Coordinator of Student Assessment, Credit for Life Learning & HSE Chief Examiner
    978-556-3410
    dfelisberto@necc.mass.edu

 

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