Office for Prior Learning Assessment

AP, IB, CLEP, DSST & UExcel Exams

***IMPORTANT UPDATE ON USM'S TESTING CENTER.  Due to public health concerns, the USM PLA office is unable to hold regular on-campus exam sessions at this time.  If you need to take an exam, please fill out the testing registration form and PLA staff will contact you for more information.*** 


The USM PLA Office posts credit for documented passing scores on several different standardized exam programs.  In addition, USM's Portland campus is a testing location for both the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST).  

Click on the following links to be taken to information specific to each testing program: 

Advanced Placement (AP)

International Baccalaureate (IB)





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

Students reporting exam scores to USM should be aware of the university policy regarding repeated courses.   


Accommodations and PLA Exams

The USM PLA Office is committed to helping students with documented disabilities gain equitable access to PLA exams. Students seeking accommodations on PLA exams should first contact Rusty Dolleman, Director of Prior Learning Assessment, at 207-780-5909 or  Students will be asked to provide documentation of any disability for assessment by USM Disability Services Center staff and, in many cases, the relevant testing company before any accommodations can be granted.  

Accommodations requests should be submitted as early as possible. As testing companies vary in their approach to granting accommodations, the USM PLA Office cannot guarantee that any particular accommodations request will be approved.