Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a way for students to receive credit for prior learning. In the past, other terms, such as testing out of classes or receiving credit by exam, were used to describe PLA options. At Missouri State, credit for prior learning may be granted through external examinations or through assessments developed and administered by departments.

External exams

Many departments grant credit for prior learning on the basis of the following external exams. To receive credit for prior learning using scores on  these exams, simply submit your official results to the Office of Admissions.

All courses with PLA options

PLA options exist for each of the courses listed below. The information below indicates whether course credit is awarded on the basis of an external exam (Advanced Placement, CLEP, or IB) or through a departmental assessment procedure. You can learn more about how to get credit by following the links for the available PLA options for each course.

Anthropology

  • ANT 100: IB
  • ANT 226: IB

Art

  • Drawing, 2D, 3D: AP | Departmental
  • Visual: IB
  • Art History: ART 271 waived: AP; ART 272 waived: AP

Biology

Chemistry

  • GEC 108: IB
  • CHM 116: AP
  • CHM 117: AP
  • CHM 160: AP | IB
  • CHM 161: AP
  • CHM 170: AP | IB
  • CHM 171: AP
  • CHM 175: IB

Computer Information Systems

  • CIS 260: Departmental

Computer Science

Economics

English

Literature

  • ENG 000: CLEP
  • ENG 184: Departmental
  • ENG 287: IB
  • ENG 386: Departmental

Composition

Environmental Science

  • GEC 108: AP
  • GRY 108: IP

Exercise Science

  • KIN 000: IB

Film Studies

  • MED 000: IB
  • MED 274: IB

Languages

Geography

  • GRY 100: IB
  • GRY 197: AP

Government/Politics

History

U.S.

World

  • HST 103: AP | IB
  • HST 104: AP

Mathematics

  • Algebra—MTH 135: IB
  • Geometry/Calculus—MTH 261: AP | IB; MTH 280: AP | IB
  • Math Studies—MTH 130: IB
  • Statistics—MTH 340: AP

Medical Terminology

Music

  • MUS 103: AP

Philosophy

  • PHI 110: IB

Physics

  • PHY 123: AP | IB
  • PHY 124: IB
  • PHY 203: AP

Psychology

  • PSY 000: IB
  • PSY 121: AP, IB

Theater

  • THE 101: IB