Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is used to describe the process of evaluating learning gained outside the college classroom. PLA has been an option for college students, especially returning adult learners and military personnel, to advance their degree-seeking goals. PLA has gained greater prominence recently as one key component in examining all alternative pathways to credentials. The three common methods of assessing prior learning include examinations, review of training, and portfolio assessment.



Students taking a test in a large room.