Prior learning refers to the knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience; through military training and experience; and through formal and informal education and training from in-state and out-of-state institutions. To award ACPL, the college must determine whether or not the knowledge, skills and abilities a student has gained through prior learning match the knowledge, skills and abilities a student would gain by completing a specific course. If outcomes of prior learning equal outcomes of a specific course, then credit for this non-traditional learning may be awarded.
The College supports as guidelines the principles of best practices published by Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (CTC), as well as the policies established by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The CTC system recognizes four categories of credit for non-traditional learning listed below.
Walla Walla Community College provides students who have taken a standardized test to obtain college credit. Currently we award credit for the following exams: Advanced Placement (AP); College-Level Examination Program (CLEP); DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST); International Baccalaureate (IB); and Cambridge International. Score and test requirements are listed below in each category along with the corresponding college credit that is granted. For further questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Registrar at 509.524.5168 or email [email protected].
Walla Walla Community College will award unrestricted elective credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official AP results, not transcript notation. For a full list of available credit through AP, click on the following link.
Walla Walla Community College will award unrestricted elective credit for an International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 4 on standard-level or higher-level IB exams. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official IB results, not transcript notation. For a full list of available credit through IB, click on the following link.
Walla Walla Community College will award unrestricted elective credit for a Cambridge (CI) score of E on A and AS level exams. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official CI results, not transcript notation. Credits granted for general education or major requirements are evaluated on a case by case basis in collaboration between the Instruction Office and the Office of Admissions and Registrar; otherwise, elective credit will be granted.
Walla Walla Community College will award credit for CLEP exams with scores of 50 or higher. Students can schedule CLEP exams on campus through our Testing Center by emailing [email protected] or call 509.527.4267. For a full list of available credit through CLEP, click on the following link.
Challenge exams are sufficiently comprehensive to determine that the student has the same knowledge and skills as those students who enroll in, and successfully complete, the course. A student should have previous training, private study, work experience or other bona fide qualifications indicating she/he has the knowledge or abilities equivalent to course completers. Ordinarily, students will not be allowed to challenge more than one course per quarter.
Knowledge and skills acquired outside the institution and objectively verified through industry certifications, such as the NCLEX-RN; industry recognized testing/training, such as that addressed by the American Council on Education (ACE), particularly for the military; and occupational crosswalks, such as those for police, firefighters, and AmeriCorps.
Knowledge and skills acquired through experience alone, evaluated by qualified faculty via evaluation of a compilation of work. All prior learning assessment credits in this category are awarded through a prior experiential learning portfolio review, as in the HS+ Program. For college-level students, a maximum of 25% of the credits needed for degree or certificate completion may be earned through prior experiential learning assessment. Students planning to transfer should check with the receiving institution on the number of credits earned through PLA that they will accept.