Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA Standardized Tests

The Office for Prior Learning Assessment offers several standardized testing instruments which have been evaluated by the USM faculty and the PLA Advisory Board, as credit options.

  • The CLEP® (College Level Examination Program) can be scheduled through David Vardeman, Testing Associate, Prior Learning Assessment, at 207-780-4578 or dvardeman@usm.maine.edu in 240 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus. DSST® Examinations (Dantes) can be scheduled through the sameTesting Associate at 207-780-4578 or dvardeman@usm.maine.edu in Room 240 Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland Campus, where the tests are also given. PLA also accepts official score transcripts from the Educational Testing Service (ETS/CLEP) and Prometric (for DSST) if you have tested elsewhere. 
  • You may schedule exams through PLA for the Excelsior College Examination option, or transfer the official score transcripts for selected subjects into USM through PLA. 
  • If you are an incoming or prospective student, you will be interested to know that PLA/USM accepts official score transcripts for Advanced Placement Examinations you may have taken in high school. You must have achieved a 3 or higher on the exams.
  • You may have also taken courses and their exams in high school through the International Baccalaureate® organization. If you have taken exams at the Higher Level and have achieved a 5 or better, you may submit your official score transcripts to PLA/USM for evaluation and possible credit.