Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA UExcel Exams

UExcel exams are standardized tests

These exams can help you enter the university at a higher level.  These examinations are computer-based. Maine has several UExcel testing sites. USM is NOT a testing site for UExcel exams.

Getting Started

While USM is not a testing site for UExcel exams, you can take exams at a variety of locations throughout the State of Maine.

UExcel offers a variety of exams, but only a few have been approved for USM credit.

Please note: A B or better is required on all UExcel exams that have been evaluated as appropriate for credit at USM.

UExcel: Subject & Exam

USM Course Equivalencies

Credit Awarded  

English Composition

ENG 100

3 credits

Abnormal Psychology

PSY 333

3 credits


BIO 281 and BIO 282

5 credits

Lifespan Development Psychology

PSY 220

3 credits

Anatomy and Physiology

BIO 111 and BIO 211

6 credits

Ethics: Theory and Practice


3 credits

Registering for a UExcel Exam

To register for Excelsior College UExcel exams, simply follow the step-by-step instructions on the UExcel Website. If you need guidance about the UExcel process or about the exam you want to take, please let us know. We would be happy to help!

Helpful Information for Exam Day

Before you get to your exam, be sure you take advantage of some of the great resources available to help you study and ultimately be successful on your exam.

The computerized tests generally last about 3 hours. You will receive your results immediately. For more information about exam procedures, including which type photo ID is appropriate, take a look at the Exam Guide

Posting UExcel Credit

Submit the official score report from Pearson VUE to USM to:

Ashley Collins, PhD
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300, Luther Bonney Hall 248
Portland, ME 04104

Once we have your official score report, your credits will be evaluated and posted to your USM academic transcript. You will be notified when we have evaluated and posted your credits.


UExcel Exam Equivalencies
Testing Locations
Registration Information
Exam Guide