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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), sometimes called experiential learning, is the knowledge that can be obtained outside a traditional university setting either prior to enrolling or while in college. You can complete standardized tests, challenge courses, or complete a prior learning portfolio. Boise State University does not award credit for experience alone. Credit may be awarded for verifiable learning gained through experience—not for the experience itself.

Timeline of Credits Posting

If you are currently attending Boise State, test credit is entered when it is received by the Registrar’s Office. If you have never attended, test credit is posted after the 10th day of classes of your first semester. If you did not pass the exam, no entry is made on your transcript.


Total Credits for Graduation: you may earn up to one-third (1/3) of your total credits required for graduation through credit for prior learning. No more than one quarter (1/4) may be earned in portfolio credit.


Credits earned through any form of experiential learning will not count toward the graduation residency requirement.

Repeating Graded Courses

Credit for prior learning cannot be used to repeat a class that was previously graded.

Exam Credit


Advanced Placement


College Level Examination Program

ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 Test Credit

See if you can get credit for ENGL 101 or ENGL 102


International Baccalaureate


Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

GED College Ready+Credit


Other Credit for Prior Learning

ACE Program

American Council on Education (ACE) Programs

Military Training Credit

Joint Services Transcripts (JST) and Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
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