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Prior Learning Assessment



Not all learning is done in the classroom.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe learning gained outside of a traditional academic environment.

It is learning and knowledge that people acquire while living their lives: working, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service, participating in employer training programs and studying open source courseware. In short, PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual's life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training. GCC grants credit for learning which has taken place outside of educational institutions to enable students to complete degree and certificate programs more rapidly and without repetition when they have already acquired knowledge or skills relevant to their programs of study.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
GCC's Prior Learning Assessment evaluation processes include:
  • Departmental Challenge Exams
  • Transfer of credit from other institutions
  • Credit articulated through PLA

Prior Learning Assessment FEES
Fee Amount Comments
 Assessment Request $25.00 per request
CPL Credit Award 20% of prevailing resident tuition rate
Challenge Exams $75.00 per exam, for paper or computer-based exam
Practical Exam $100.00 per practical exam
Note: No charge for CLEP, AP, credit via formal agreements, or military credit.

In addition to PLA at GCC, a variety of practices exist for awarding credit for learning which has taken place outside of higher educational institutions. These include, but are not limited to:
For more information on Prior Learning Assessment at Guam Community College,
please contact the Office of the Registrar:
Phone: 735-5561