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 in our Overland Park and Topeka offices. DSST exams are offered in Wichita by appointment.

After Academic Advising approves your exam or exams, 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.

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.

The Official DSST Test Preparation Guide covers the most popular DSST exams. The guide is available for $24.95 and is available at The guide includes sample examinations in the following subject areas: Introduction to World Religions, Here’s to Your Health, Principles of Statistics, Criminal Justice, Personal Finance, Management Information Systems, Ethics in America, Principles of Supervision, Introduction to Business, and Principles of Finance.

You may also download individual subject study guides from for $9.95.

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.

Prior Learning Assessment Life Experience Portfolio

Undergraduate business students may create a portfolio of life learning experiences to submit for credit evaluation. The portfolio process is online. If you are interested in submitting a portfolio or would like more information about the portfolio process, please email the PLA Center at to request access to the portfolio site.

1-Hour Online PLA Portfolio Course

This 1-credit-hour online course focuses on developing a PLA portfolio for college credit. You will learn how to write an experiential essay and document professional accomplishments in a portfolio to help fulfill degree requirements.

This course is offered multiple times throughout the year. Before enrolling, you must meet with a student services representative.

pdf Course Schedule & Registration


Hi, I’m Debra, and I will be your main contact for scheduling CLEP or DSST exams, as well as working with you through the Prior Learning and Assessment (PLA) Portfolio process. My job is to help you find nontraditional ways to complete your degree, like taking exams or submitting professional licenses or courses for college credit. There are many ways to complete your degree outside of taking classes, so please let me know if you have questions. | 913.344.6086

Debra Olberding | Learning Development & Assessment Coordinator

FEMA Courses

Baker University has approved many Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) independent-study courses for college credit. Students have the opportunity to take FEMA courses free of charge and apply them to a Baker undergraduate degree program. The courses are submitted online through the PLA portfolio. If you are interested in submitting FEMA courses for college credit or would like more information about the process, please email the PLA Center at to request access to the portfolio site.

pdf Procedure for Applying FEMA Credit to a Baker Degree Program

Military Training Credit

We accept American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for formal courses offered by the respective military services. The first step is to get an official transcript of your military training. In the event that you do not qualify for a transcript, we can evaluate your military records for possible credit.

Military Training Credit FAQ

Makeup Exams

Students are responsible for scheduling the examination and coordinating with the instructor to have the requisite materials sent to the Prior Learning Assessment Center. Please contact the PLA Center at at least three days in advance of your desired examination date. You will be required to show a photo ID before taking the exam. If you do not have a photo ID, please provide two forms of identification.

1. Who should schedule my makeup exam?
It is your responsibility to schedule the makeup exam through the PLA Center. You are also responsible for arranging for examination materials to be sent to the PLA Center. We will secure the materials and return them to the instructor after the exam is administered.
2. What if I can’t get off work during business hours to take an exam?
If it is impossible for you to come in during normal business hours, you may take a proctored paper-based makeup exam at our Northland campus in the evening. For available dates and times, contact the PLA Center at
3. Is there a charge for proctoring examinations?
We don’t charge a fee for current Baker University students who are taking exams for courses taught at Baker University. If you are a non-Baker student needing an exam proctored, the cost is $20 per exam for up to two hours.
4. Who arranges for external exam materials to be sent to the PLA Center and returned to the parent organization?
You are responsible for having examination materials sent to our PLA Center. We will return completed examinations in accordance with the policy established by the institution or organization that furnishes the examination. Any costs for postage or shipping must be paid in advance.
5. How do I schedule a makeup or external examination?
You may schedule makeup examinations for any of our courses by emailing the PLA Center at at least three days in advance of your desired examination date. Examinations should be scheduled during regular business hours. You are responsible for scheduling the examination and coordinating with the instructor to have the requisite materials sent to the PLA Center. If you are a current Baker student, you will not be charged for Baker course exams.


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