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Prior Learning & Assessment Center

The Prior Learning and Assessment Center offers flexible, efficient ways to recognize the college-level knowledge you have gained through experiences outside the traditional college classroom. You have the opportunity to earn credit through several nontraditional methods and to save time and money by earning college credit for what you already know.

All credits earned through the Prior Learning and Assessment Center will be posted to the student’s transcript when the official score report or evaluation and credit recommendation is received. All fees associated with these credits will be due within 30 days. If these fees are not paid within 30 days, the student’s account will be placed on financial hold, which will prevent access to grades and transcript information. Once the fees have been posted, the student’s account will be adjusted accordingly.


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are nationally recognized testing programs that give you the opportunity to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college classroom. These programs make it easier for you to complete your degree program more quickly and at a reduced cost. We offer both CLEP and DSST examinations on our Overland Park campus.

Contact your academic advisor to determine which testing options are best for your degree completion plan. Once you and your advisor have determined which exam or exams are right for you, complete the appropriate online registration form. A seat will be reserved for you when we receive your registration form and TCF. If you are a DANTES-funded military service member or eligible spouse, you are not required to pay the test center fee.

Seating is limited and registrations are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. You are encouraged to register at least three weeks ahead of your preferred testing date. After your registration is confirmed, you will be sent an email confirmation within two business days of registering. If space is unavailable, you will be contacted as soon as possible to arrange an alternate date.

For questions regarding test scheduling, preparation, and makeup exams, please contact Ryan McElmurry at or 913.344.6025.

CLEP Study Resources

CLEP Exam Descriptions

The CLEP Official Study Guide contains descriptions of all CLEP exams, test-taking strategies and sample questions. Students may purchase the guide directly from CLEP or at a local bookstore. The cost is $24.99.

You may download individual subject study guides from the CLEP prep center. The cost is $10 each.

DSST Study Resources

Fact sheets for each exam outline the topics covered by the test and include a list of sample questions and a list of recommended references.

DSST test preparation guides for individual subjects and are available for $29.95 at

CLEP & DSST Exam Preparation

Both CLEP and DSST offer materials to assist in exam preparation. The items listed below are official test preparation resources produced by CLEP and DSST. Please be aware that other organizations market test-preparation materials. Although you are free to use any resource, we recommend that you use only the materials produced by CLEP and DSST.

In the PLA Center, we maintain lists of exam-preparation documents found at local libraries. Please ask us about this resource. If you live outside the Kansas City metropolitan area, you may use the interlibrary loan program through the Baker University library to obtain resources.

Keep in mind that only you can assess your readiness to take an examination. Preparation time varies widely from one person to another, and it depends on many factors.

Additional Credit Opportunities

College credit can be earned through several additional opportunities, including online FEMA courses, military training, professional licenses, professional development courses, and college-level learning essays and portfolios. If you are interested in earning college credit through one of these methods, contact your academic advisor for additional information.

Approved FEMA and License Lists


PLA Center
7301 College Blvd., Ste. 120
Overland Park, KS 66210
Office: Mabee Hall 310

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