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You may be able to earn Penn State credit for what you already know.

We understand that students have prior knowledge, training, and work experiences that may be applicable to their degree requirements. Our goals are to:

  • Help you understand your options and PSU requirements
  • Answer your questions
  • Help you get started

The following are some options through which you may be able to earn Penn State credit.

  • You have taken College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams
  • Credit by Exam (earn a grade of C or higher on a comprehensive examination made available through the academic unit that offers the course.
  • You have taken DSST exams
  • We will review recommendations presented on official ACE transcripts for possible transfer credit.
  • Credit by Portfolioearn credit by documenting college-level learning acquired in a non-collegiate setting through portfolio assessment.


Penn State CLEP Requirements

Federal CLEP Site

Penn State DSST Requirements

Federal DSST Site

American Council on Education

For more information, contact Diane Chamberlin, Director of Enrollment Management, and the Mont Alto campus coordinator for prior learning assessment at 717-749-6140 or dmc39@psu.edu.