Credit by Examination

A student may earn a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit by examination, including Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), advanced standing credit, advanced placement credit, International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, and DANTES. For more information about credit by examination, go to

Advanced Standing Credit

Credit by examination (Advanced Standing) for Mayville State courses is available in some programs. Interested students should consult with the discipline faculty involved to determine if this option is available. The last day to register for credit by examination is the same as the last day to register or add a class.

Advanced Placement Credit

Students who have completed certain College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) advanced placement courses in high school and who have earned a minimum score of 3 on the Advanced Placement Examinations will be awarded college credit as follows:

CEEB should forward examination scores directly to the Office of Academic Records.

CLEP Credit

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is one of the accepted means by which a student may establish college credit. It is a national program that affords the student an opportunity to obtain college recognition for his/her formal or informal preparation prior to attending college. Generally, colleges and universities accept CLEP credit; however, students who plan to transfer to another institution should first check to see what the limitations of the receiving school might be.

A student must be enrolled at Mayville State University to receive CLEP credit. Students may not take CLEP subject exams after enrolling in that course.

Contact the Office of Academic Records in Old Main 114 for additional information about CLEP.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Students who have achieved a significant degree of educational growth in disciplines offered by Mayville State University through professional, cultural, or community activities may seek to be granted credit for prior learning. A student may earn a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit by examination, including Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), CLEP credit, advanced-standing credit, etc. Students who believe they are eligible for PLA must complete an application form available at the Office of Academic Records who will assist in identifying the appropriate academic discipline and a faculty member representing that area. The student and faculty advisor work to develop the validating documentation. This evidence is, in turn, reviewed by the discipline faculty and by the Curriculum Committee before a final decision is made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit awarded under this program is considered the same as transfer credit and may not be used to satisfy the 30-hour resident requirement. This credit will only be awarded with an “S” satisfactory grade and placed on the transcript when the student has successfully completed one semester of resident work. A student must be currently enrolled to receive prior learning credit. When credit is granted the transcript will be noted as ‘Prior Learning Credit.’