Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA Standardized Tests

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.

Testing Options

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

Ready to take an exam?

To schedule a testing time at USM please complete the USM registration form. This form is emailed directly to our Testing Associate, Vicki Meserve (vicki.meserve@maine.edu).  After receiving your form, Vicki will contact you by email or phone to set up a time for you to come in for your exam.

Visit the AP website for more information about obtaining your AP scores and the USM equivalencies for AP exams. If you have questions about your AP credits, please contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment. 

Visit the IB website for more information about obtaining your IB scores and the USM equivalencies for IB exams. If you have questions about your IB credits, please contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment. 

Visit the CLEP website for more information about obtaining your CLEP scores and the USM equivalencies for CLEP exams. If you have questions about your CLEP credits, please contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment. 

To schedule a testing time at USM please complete the USM registration form. This form is emailed directly to our Testing Associate, Vicki Meserve (vicki.meserve@maine.edu).  After receiving your form, Vicki will contact you by email or phone to set up a time for you to come in for your exam.

Visit the DSST website for more information about obtaining your DSST scores and the USM equivalencies for DSST exams. If you have questions about your DSST credits, please contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment.

To schedule a testing time at USM please complete the USM registration form. This form is emailed directly to our Testing Associate, Vicki Meserve (vicki.meserve@maine.edu).  After receiving your form, Vicki will contact you by email or phone to set up a time for you to come in for your exam.

Visit the UExcel website for more information about obtaining your UExcel scores and the USM equivalencies for UExcel exams. If you have questions about your UExcel credits, please contact the Office for Prior Learning Assessment. 

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