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Prior Learning Assessment is a means of obtaining college credits for knowledge gained on the job or through individual study.
Students at HCC can earn as many as 45 credits by examination. HCC students are encouraged to see an academic advisor to determine how prior learning assessment may fit into their programs of study. Please see the Credit by Examination table for a list of exams and respective scores for which HCC will award credit. These exams include the following:
The HCC-Test Center is an open center for CLEP and DSST examinations. Call 443-412-2352 to set an appointment for your CLEP and/or DSST exam or complete our online registration form. The Test Center offers CLEP and DSST for most days of the week except Saturday and Sunday.
Two separate payments are required for the CLEP/DSST exam:
To pay for CLEP exams, go to http://clep.collegeboard.org. You should create or log-in to your account. Registering for an exam on this site provides you with a payment receipt. Bring this payment receipt at the Test Center on your testing date together with two forms of valid photo ID.
Payment for DSST exams is payable using a credit card to DSST at the Test Center on the date of testing.
If you are taking a CLEP exam for which an optional essay is available (Freshman College Composition, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, American Literature or English Literature), you must know if your school requires the optional essay. After completing and passing the objective portion of the test, you will then pay an additional $10 fee and the essay portion of the exam will be ordered for you. You will write the essay at a later date.
Harford Community College faculty creates division examinations for certain courses. The cost per exam is $40 and most require prior approval. Please print and complete the steps in the Application for Credit by Division Exam Form. For more information about division exams, see the College Catalog.
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