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Finish your degree faster, for less

Whether it be a second (or first) language, skills you acquired on the job or through military service, or ways you’ve grown from engaging with your community, demonstrating this prior learning could save you time and money as you earn your degree.  

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Take a CPL exam

Our Portland campus is a public testing center for CLEP, DSST, and BYU FLATS Language exams.

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For Current Students

Are you a current University of Southern Maine student wanting to submit credentials for review, develop an academic portfolio, or take a challenge exam?

“As a non-traditional student I am immensely grateful for USM’s Credit for Prior Learning program, which has allowed me to earn college credit for my previous work experience through a combination CLEP testing and portfolio assessment. Thanks to the CPL program, I am now on track to complete my degree a year earlier than I had anticipated.”
— Jenny Siler, Liberal Studies Humanities major