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Credit for Prior Learning

Saint Paul College offers adult students with sufficient work, non-college credit and/or life experiences the opportunity to document competencies relevant to specific course offerings at the College for prior learning credit. Credits earned from prior learning must be applicable to the student’s program of study at Saint Paul College and are evaluated for credit by qualified faculty members.

Note: Credits earned through Credit for Prior Learning may not transfer to other colleges.

Credit for Life Work/Work Experience (Prior Learning)
Prior Learning (Competency-Based Education) allows students to present nontraditional learning as competencies to be evaluated for credit by qualified faculty members towards their educational program. These competencies must be the equivalent of what would have been achieved through college coursework. At Saint Paul College, Credit for Prior Learning offers, on a limited basis, students with sufficient work, non-college credit and/or life learning experiences, the opportunity to document competencies and theory learning relevant to specific courses offered at the College. Credits earned from prior learning must be applicable to the student’s program of study. The Credit for Prior Learning option may be available for a limited number of courses. Students interested in pursuing the option of earning credit for prior learning must discuss this option with the assigned Faculty Advisor and the Prior Learning Coordinator.

CLEP—College Level Examination Program
Saint Paul College will consider CLEP exam credits for students who want to test out of general education courses and selected business courses. A maximum of 30 credits may be applied toward an associate degree. No letter grades will be recorded on the transcript. Credit will be awarded based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Credit will not be given which repeats completed coursework.

Note: Colleges establish their own policies for accepting CLEP credit. Students should consult their transfer college’s CLEP policy to determine whether CLEP credits will transfer and/or how they will be accepted. Consult the College Board Web site (www.collegeboard.org) for testing locations, fees and exam information.

CLEP Table and Information

Note: CLEP exams have changed and there are no longer General Exams as distinguished from Subject Exams. Computer-based CLEP exams administered prior to July 1, 2001 have the same score scale and credit-granting score as its paper-based counterpart. All CLEP computer-based testing (CBT) exams administered after July 1, 2001 have a uniform ACE recommended credit-granting score of 50 for all subjects.

AP - Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement gives high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses in various subject areas. A score of 3 is the minimum for credit to be awarded. Grades of 3, 4 or 5 qualify students for credits and/or placement into advanced courses at Saint Paul College. Credit can be given for a specific college course if a test covers substantially similar material. If the test material does not match an existing course, students will be given elective credit Saint Paul College will grant credit for AP examinations according to the following: Students may petition for elective credits to meet certain general education requirements for an Associate Degree. There is no limit to the total number of credits a student can earn through AP courses and tests.

AP Exam course Equivalency Table

IB—International Baccalaureate (for High School Students)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is an internationally recognized program through which high school students complete a comprehensive curriculum of rigorous study and demonstrate performance on IB examinations. Students may present a full IB diploma or a certificate recognizing specific higher level or standard level test scores.

Students who attain an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma shall be granted six (6) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB examinations and two (2) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Standard Level IB examination.

You may search for the course equivalencies on the site www.transfer.org.

Tech Prep
Tech Prep affords high school students an opportunity to receive college credit in many subjects. Tech Prep programs effectively blend academic and technical education in a challenging and purposeful course of study that can lead to employment and credit toward further education. Since the workplace has changed significantly enough to require some training after high school, but not necessarily a full four-year degree, tech prep programs offer viable new options for high school students who want to connect learning with life. Tech Prep credit is awarded for high school classes in Business, Child Development, Culinary Arts, Carpentry, Automotive Service and many other subjects. Many programs are articulated between Saint Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul College. Consult a high school counselor for more information concerning Tech Prep.

International Transcripts
Saint Paul College does not evaluate international transcripts. Students who have completed courses in another country must have their transcripts evaluated by a third-party evaluation service. Colleges and universities differ in how they accept these courses. For more information contact the Transfer Center.