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Credit for Prior Learning


Did you Know You Can Earn Up to 30 Credits for Prior Learning?

Georgian Court University students may earn up to 30 credits for prior learning through a variety of methods, including credit by standardized exam, challenge exams, credits via military service, credits via police or fire academy training, and portfolio review through designated academic courses.

Transcripts for credits already earned may be sent to for review.

For credits that have not yet been earned, students must obtain written approval from the major advisor and the registrar prior to taking any of these examinations. Transfer Credit forms are available on the Office of the Registrar’s web page at Credit will be given only if credit has not already been awarded or earned for the related course content.

Additional information can be found in the Academic Catalog.

Credit by Examination, such as CLEP

A student who achieves a successful score on any approved general area examination or on any subject examinations may be able to receive college credit. Students must first complete the Permission to Transfer Credit Form. To award credit, an official score report must be sent to the Office of the Registrar at CLEP credit is granted only if the related course content has not been previously completed. The CLEP science examinations do not fulfill the general education requirement if taken after acceptance to Georgian Court.

Credit for Language

Students may consider other means of college credit such as DSST (formerly DANTES), Excelsior College UExcel examinationsThomas Edison State University Credit-by-Examination Program examinationsACE College Credit Recommendations ServiceBrigham Young University (BYU) Foreign Language Testing Achievement Services (FLATS) exams (GCU will award up to 6 credits), NYU Language Proficiency exams (12-point exam; GCU will award up to 6 credits), and Columbia University Language Resource Center. To receive credit, students must earn a minimum of a C or its equivalent (or, for an exam graded only pass/fail, students must earn a passing grade). Students who wish to take a challenge examination for a specific course should contact the department chair for consideration (see Policy for Credit for Prior Learning for Undergraduate Coursework).

Credit by Examination, such as Challenge Exam

A challenge exam is a comprehensive style examination in which students demonstrate their content knowledge in a specific course.

The department chair and school dean will determine if a challenge exam/portfolio assessment option can be taken for a particular course. Challenge examinations/portfolio assessments, in other words, may be offered upon request by a student, if the department chair and the dean approve it.

Credit by Portfolio to Show Prior Learning

Sign Up for BU454 to develop the required tools to assess prior learning and see if it qualifies for university credit.

Military Experience

Students with military experience and training should have an official copy of their Joint Services (military) transcript, showing American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations, sent to

Police and Fire Academy

Students who have completed police or fire academy training should have an official copy of their transcript sent from the academy to

Professional/Workplace Training or Apprenticeships, such as EMT

Provide copies of credits earned in training to become an EMT to