At the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, there are many ways to earn credit towards your degree program. Many adults take advantage of one or more of these methods to augment the credits earned in traditional college courses. In addition, many students also take courses over the web to use in their degree plans.
What are alternate ways to earn college credit?
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams
- Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
- Job-Related Credit
- Challenge Exams
The College-Level Examination Program® offers 34 exams that are administered during the academic year at the URI Providence Campus in Room 329. The exams allow people who have acquired knowledge outside the usual educational settings, such as through independent or prior study, on-the-job training, or cultural pursuits-to show they have learned college-level material so that they can bypass certain college courses. You can take examinations in a wide variety of topics to earn credit towards your degree. These exams cover material usually taught in the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Most exams cover approximately one semester of material, although there are some exams that cover 6 credits worth of material.
Why take CLEP exams?
Shorten time for degree
Earn credit for what you know
How do I earn credit by taking a CLEP exam?
If you earn a satisfactory score on the exam (as determined by the University of Rhode Island), you will earn credits for the course associated with that exam. The courses are computer-based, although no prior computer experience is necessary to take them. The scores are generated immediately after the end of the exam, so you will know whether you have achieved the minimum score required to earn credit.
How many credits can I earn through CLEP exams?
The General CLEP exams can earn you a maximum of 30 credits (if you pass all 5 general examinations). Additional credits can be earned through the Subject exams. Consult your academic advisor.
How do I register to take the CLEP exams?
Subject & General CLEP Exams will
be administered on the following dates from 9:00 am-1:00
pm in Room 329 unless otherwise indicated:
|All following dates are Fridays:|
|April 19||September 6|
|May 17||October 11|
|June 14||November 8|
|July 12||December 6|
Download Registration Form here and return to:
URI Providence Campus
80 Washington St., Room 208
Providence, RI 02903-1803
Attached to the registration form must be- 2 checks for 1 exam, or 3 checks for two exams. No more than two exams may be taken on any one testing date.
- A separate check of $80 payable to CLEP for each exam. (You also may pay this fee by credit card or check on the day of the exam*.) Exam fee is subject to change.
- A check payable to URI, which is a non-refundable fee. The charge is $20 for each exam and must be paid when you mail in your registration.
Registration forms MUST be received no later than one week prior to the examination date. Seating is limited.
CLEP exams begin promptly at 9:00 am on the dates indicated above, and no one will be admitted after that time. On the day of the exam, a photo ID must be presented by each individual taking a CLEP Exam.
* There is an additional fee of $10 for optional essays for Freshman College Composition, English Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, and American Literature. Please call Ken Jolicoeur at: 401-277-5057 for more information.
Should I study for a CLEP exam?
For the General CLEP exams, generally no. However, talk to the CLEP Advisor for more specific advice. Call Ken Jolicoeur at 401-277-5057 or email email@example.com with questions.
For the Subject CLEP exams, you might obtain a copy of the textbook used by your college for the corresponding course. Or use the CLEP Official Study Guide.
When should I take CLEP exams?
You must take the General CLEP exams before you accumulate
more than 45 credits.
Subject CLEPs can be taken at any time during a student's academic career.
How do I contact the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)?
CLEP Online at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html
At URI - call 401-277-5160 to make an appointment with the CLEP advisor.
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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - Frequently Asked Questions
What is prior learning assessment? (PLA)
The ability to earn credit for documented college-level learning you acquired outside a college classroom.
College-level learning - from where?
paid and/or volunteer work
travel or living in another culture
in-depth study of a topic of interest
Will the credit apply toward my degree?
Depending on your degree plan, the credits earned through Prior Learning Assessment will be able to be used toward your degree. Check with your academic advisor
How do I start?
Sign up for PLA 100 Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Development, a one-credit course. It is offered each semester. In this course you will develop a prior learning portfolio to submit to faculty for evaluation.
What is a portfolio?
A portfolio is a compilation of data, experiences, theory and applied knowledge that demonstrates college-level learning. It most usually is in written form, but might also be in pictures or another format that best demonstrates the learning you acquired.
Military Credit - Frequently Asked Questions
Is credit available for college-level military credit?
Credit is awarded for Basic Training (3 credits for most branches; 5 credits for the marines). Other credits possible for learning while in the military. See your academic advisor. Credits are not awarded for Army MOS's, etc. Check with your advisor.
Job-Related Credits - Frequently Asked Questions
Is credit available for employer training programs/ apprenticeships?
Some employer-sponsored training programs and/or apprenticeships are eligible for college credit. The American Council of Education (ACE) Guide is used to check these training experiences. Check with your advisor.
Challenge Exams - Frequently Asked Questions
What are Challenge Exams?
These exams test your knowledge of the subject matter of specific courses. They are administered by academic departments with prior approval of the department chairperson and the academic dean. They are not offered in all departments - see your advisor.