Credit for Prior Learning Experiences

Adult learners returning or entering Medgar Evers College with prior knowledge now have an opportunity to translate their prior learning into college credits. Students can earn college credits for their prior knowledge in two ways:

  1. Take and pass a College Board CLEP exam
  2. Develop a Portfolio


College Board created the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to allow students to earn college credits for knowledge they possess, but could not measure otherwise. College Board offers 33 introductory college level subjects. Students can earn credits for what they already know. Medgar Evers College is a CLEP test center.
  1. CLEP exams are computerized.
  2. CLEP exams are 90 minutes long. However, College Composition is 120 minutes.
  3. CLEP exams contain mainly multiple-choice questions. College Composition may include essays.
  4. The recommended passing score is 50.
  5. An unofficial score report is available upon completion of each exam, excluding College Composition and College Composition Modular.
  6. The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes CLEP.
  7. Each CLEP exam cost $77. The administrative fee at Medgar Evers College is $30 for each exam.
Contact the Testing Center at 718-270-4835 for Test dates


A portfolio is a document presented by a student to the college requesting credits for knowledge about a subject that occurred outside the classroom. The portfolio must be well documented and organized. It is a collection of evidence to support the student’s claim for credit, through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. Students must align their knowledge with the course(s) they are petitioning. The respective academic department performing the assessment, will award credits for learning as it relates to the course rather than, solely on years of experience.


Medgar Evers College is CLEP Test Center. The exams are available to students enrolled at Medgar Evers College as well as individuals of the community. All students should consult their college or university before taking a CLEP exam. Medgar Evers College students must consult the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Coordinator before scheduling a CLEP exam.

Medgar Evers College Students Eligibility Requirement
  • Consult the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator (CPL) in the Testing Center.
  • Students must satisfy the University’s basic skills requirement in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time at Medgar Evers College.
  • A student must complete a minimum of 24 college credits before developing a portfolio.
  • Students must complete English 112 and English 150 before developing a portfolio.
  • Students are required to have a GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Students must satisfy the University’s basic skills requirement in reading, writing, and mathematics before developing a portfolio.
  • A student must consult the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator and the Chairperson of the department of his or her declared course of study.
  • Students must receive approval from the department Chairperson before developing a portfolio.
  • Students must register for a Portfolio Development Seminar.


The Testing Center staff administers CLEP exams twice a month on a walk-in basis from 10:00am-3:00pm. Exam candidates should contact the Testing Center at: 718-270-4835 for test dates.
  • All candidates will obtain, and complete the CLEP application from the Testing Center on the day of the exam.
  • The administrative fee is $30.00 per exam. The Testing Center staff request that students pay administrative fees with a USPS money order, a Bank money order, a Western Union or a Money Gram money order. Candidates must pay the administrative fee on the day of the exam.
  • College Board charges a $77.00 fee for each CLEP exam. Medgar Evers College test center only accepts credit or debit card payment for College Board’s fees. We do not accept money orders for College Board’s fees.
  • Exam fees are non-refundable.
  • Students must obtain an application from the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Coordinator in the Testing Center.
  • The department Chairperson must sign the application form.
  • Students must consult the CPL Coordinator to register for the CPL seminar.
  • Before submission of the portfolio for assessment, students must pay a non-refundable fee of $75.00 to the Bursar’s Office.


  • Please bring two forms of ID, at least one must be a government issued ID.
  • Candidates must arrive before 3:00pm. Testing Center staff will not allow any student into the testing laboratory after 3:00pm.
  • Candidates taking two CLEP exams on the same day must arrive no later that 2:00pm.
  • Examination candidates, must complete the CLEP application obtained from the Testing Center, and pay all fees.
  • Examination regulations, do NOT allow candidates to take books, notes, practice exams, calculators, cell phones, pagers, and watches with alarms, other electronic devices, food, and beverages into the testing laboratory.


If you have a disability and you require special accommodations for the CLEP exam, please inform the Testing Center staff before the day of the exam. All exam candidates requesting special accommodation must submit official, original, written documentation before the day of the exam. Please contact the Testing Center at 718-270-4835 for additional information.
1150 Carroll Street, Room 311
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone:   718-270-4835
Fax:  718-270-4845
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