Three-Minute PLA Quiz

Are you a good candidate for prior learning credit?
Check all that is applicable to your experience :

I have had acquired training in the form of serious hobbies.

I have had acquired training in the form of casual hobbies.

I have had acquired training in the form of awards.

I have had acquired training in the form of honors.

I have had acquired training in the form of recognition at work.

I have had acquired training in the form of recognition in my community.

I have had acquired training in the form of independent study.

I have had acquired training in the form of on-the-job training in a specific skill area.

I have had acquired training in the form of generalized on the job training.

I have had acquired training in the form of previous work experience in a specific skill area.

I have been asked to demonstrate skills or train other employees at my workplace.

My employer knows that I am willing to learn new job skills to enhance my career opportunities.

I demonstrate leadership skills on the job and in outside activities whenever the opportunity presents itself.

I have taken a home study course, an online or traditional course, a certificate course, or other supplemental training during the last two years.

I believe I am responsible for my continuing career success or failure.

I would like to take advantage of PLA to jump start my educational pursuit and earn college credit for my experiential learning.

During my career, I have had the opportunity to acquire solid job skills or extensive job knowledge in specific job areas and I could have an employer verify this information.

As part of my own personal career plan, I read articles, books, etc related to my profession and I am aware of current job trends in my field.

I belong to professional organizations and/or volunteer activities that allow me opportunity to learn more about my profession.

As an employee I have acquired at least five years of extensive job knowledge in my specific field.

So, How Did You Score?

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See what your score tells you below

15-20 Yes Responses: High potential for exploring PLA.

You have obtained learning which can be described as "understanding" and "demonstrable skill" which is most likely to impress a PLA committee as worthy of college credit.

10-14 Yes Responses: Average potential for exploring PLA.

You have obtained learning which can be described as learning which lends itself as typically viewed by a PLA committee as credible.

0-9 Yes Responses: Still acquiring life experiences

You may still want to acquire additional job knowledge that increases your job skills as a result of your experience before pursuing PLA.

This site contains valuable information for you to review if you want to know more about prior learning assessment (PLA). Usually, prior learning assessment is offered to returning and adult students through several options including: Portfolio Assessment, Military Training, National Standardized Exams, Challenge Exams and CLEP Exam

Experiential learning is a term used to refer to the learning that has been acquired as a result of practical experience rather than through the traditional classroom. The PLA process enables adults the opportunity to be rewarded with credit by recognizing their past endeavors as being worthwhile.

To go to the Prior Learning Credit Center, click here.