Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA Standardized Tests

Testing Options

The Office for Prior Learning Assessment offers several testing options for students. Whether you take your exam here or bring it from somewhere else, we will be happy to review your scores to determine whether they have been approved for academic credit.

Getting Started

We may offer credit that can be posted to your transcript free of charge for some high school testing.

Testing Option

Score Requirement

Contact Person

Advanced Placement (AP)

3 or better

USM AP Equivalencies

Prior Learning (priorlearningusm@maine.edu)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

5 or better

Prior Learning (priorlearningusm@maine.edu)

 Already knowledgeable in a college-level subject area? We offer three kinds of computerized tests where you can demonstrate your basic knowledge. Use a testing option to bypass a foundational course in favor of one that puts you closer to your degree.

Testing Option

Score Requirement

Contact Person

CLEP

50 or better

USM CLEP Equivalencies

To schedule a test:

David Vardeman (david.vardeman@maine.edu)

For more information:

Prior Learning (priorlearningusm@maine.edu)

DSST (formerly DANTES)

400 or better

USM DSST Equivalencies

To schedule a test:

David Vardeman (david.vardeman@maine.edu)

For more information:

Prior Learning (priorlearningusm@maine.edu)

UExcel (formerly Excelsior)

B or better

***NOT A TESTING LOCATION

For more information:

Prior Learning (priorlearningusm@maine.edu)

Test Transcript Submission

The Office for Prior Learning Assessment can accept official transcripts from any of the abovementioned testing services. Please have your official transcript sent to:  

Office for Prior Learning Assessment

253 Luther Bonney Hall

P.O. Box 9300

Portland, ME 04104-9300

RESOURCES

AP

IB

CLEP

DSST

UExcel