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Credit for Prior Learning

The college may grant course credit on the basis of proficiency acquired through experience other than formal education. Students passing a nationally recognized examinationAdvanced Placement Exam (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Credit (IB), DSST Examinations, a college course challenge examination (Test Out), a college course competency demonstration examination (a Test Out of physical skills) or that have acquired military training or service that meets the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE)or the equivalent shall be granted college credit (students looking for other credit for prior learning opportunities may go to www.mnscu.edu). The following is a list of nationally recognized examinations that are acceptable for college credit transfer: 

Advanced Placement Exam (AP)

Advanced Placement is a program of the College Entrance Board through which a secondary student completes college-level courses in high schools that are designated as AP in high schools.  A student may earn college credits by demonstrating a specified level of performance on AP examinations.  The AP examinations, which are scored on a 5-point scale, can be taken by any student who feels prepared by independent study or other preparation as well as by students who complete AP courses.

  • The student must arrange for an official report of AP examination scores to be sent from The College Board to Southeast Technical in order to receive credit.
  • A score of 3 or higher is required for credit to be granted.
  • There is no limit on the course credits granted based on AP examination scores.
  • Credits will be granted based according to MnSCU Board Policy 3.15 Advanced Placement Credit, System Procedure 3.15.1.
  • Find AP course equivalencies.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College-Level Examination program (CLEP) is a testing program of The College Board designed to measure prior learning. A student may earn college credits by achieving a specified level of performance on a CLEP examination. 

  • The student must arrange for an official report of CLEP examination scores to be sent from The College Board to Southeast Technical in order to receive credit.
  • A score of 50 or higher on CLEP examinations, with the exception of Level 2 foreign-language examinations, for which a minimum score of 60 for German language, 59 for French language, and 63 for Spanish language is required for credit granted.
  • There is no limit on the course credits granted based on CLEP examination scores.
  • Credits will be granted based according to MnSCU Board Policy 3.33 College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit, System Procedure 3.33.1.
  • Find CLEP course equivalencies.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognized program through which a secondary student completes a comprehensive curriculum of rigorous study and demonstrates performance on IB examinations. A student may present a full IB diploma or a certificate recognizing specific higher level or standard level examination scores.

  • The student must arrange for an official report of IB examination scores to be sent from IB to Southeast Technical in order to receive credit.
  • A score of 4 or higher is required for credit granted on individual IB examinations.
  • There is no limit on the course credits granted based on AP examination scores.
  • Credits will be granted based according to MnSCU Board Policy 3.16 International Baccalaureate Credit, System Procedure 3.16.1.
  • Find IB course equivalencies.

DSST Examinations

DSST offers an extensive series of examinations available to anyone who is seeking college credit outside the traditional classroom in college subjects that are comparable to final or end-of-course examination in undergraduate courses.  

  • The student must arrange for an official report of DSST examination scores to be sent to Southeast Technical in order to receive credit.
  • Scores will be granted based on type of examination completed.
  • There is no limit on the course credits granted based on DSST examination scores.
  • Find DSST course equivalencies

College course challenge exams and competency demonstration exams must be completed within the first five (5) days of a term. Students may not Test Out of a course that they have previously failed or from which they have withdrawn. Students shall have one (1) opportunity to complete and pass the examination. Credits earned through this method are not considered residency credits. A per-credit fee is assessed for these examinations. 

The following is a list of college course challenge and competency demonstration examinations that are given at the college (see department faculty for possible other opportunities):

  • CHEM 1510 Fundamentals of Chemistry, 3 Credits
  • COMP 2515 Computers: Issues & Applications I, 3 Credits
  • MATH 1515, Introductory Algebra, 2 credits
  • MATH 1520 Geometry/Trigonometry 2 Credits
  • MATH 2515, Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits

Military Training

Students with military training or service shall receive credit in accordance with Minnesota Statute 197.775, Subdivision 2, if the training or service course meets the standards of the American Council on Education ACE or the equivalent. Further information can be found at the Veterans Education Transfer System.

  • The student must arrange for an official military transcript in order to receive credit.  
  • Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy:  Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans transcripts are available at Joint Services Transcript (JST).