Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning

College credits earned through alternative or nontraditional education experiences can be considered for transfer through the national standard guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Credit granted through AP, IB, and CLEP programs may be used for partial fulfillment of the general education distribution requirements for the AA, AS, and AAS degrees. A maximum of 24 credits obtained through advanced standing testing may be applied toward one of Itasca’s degree programs. Students intending to transfer to other institutions should be aware that the receiving institution determines the acceptability of AP, IB, and CLEP credits; these institutions may have different regulations from those of Itasca Community College.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Course Equivalencies at ICC

High School students who complete courses in high school designed to earn college credits by demonstrated a specified level of performance on AP exams. Students must have their official AP score report sent directly from the College Entrance Examination Board to Itasca Community College Student Services Office. An AP exam score of 3 or high on a 5 point scale will be considered for transfer. A complete list of AP exams and how they transfer is available through Transferology. The Advanced Placement Program is administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP Course Equivalencies at ICC

Students of any age have the opportunity to demonstrate college level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Students must have their official CLEP score report sent directly to Itasca Community College Student Services Office. A CLEP exam score of 50% or higher will be considered for transfer. The College Level Examination Program is administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Course Equivalencies at ICC

The International Baccalaureate Organization's (IBO) Diploma Program (DP) is a course for students age 16 to 19 that leads to examinations in various subjects. Students who participate in the full Diploma Program are required to study and take examinations in six different academic subjects. Exams with a score of 30 or higher and higher level exams with a cores of 4 or higher will be considered for transfer.


Veterans Education Transfer System (VETS)
VETS is an online application that helps past, present and future servicemen and servicewomen determine how their military training can count for credit at Minnesota State institutions.

Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services by ACE outlines military training credits considered for transfer. The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program sponsors a wide range of examination programs to assist military personnel in meeting their education goals. DANTES and DSST exam scores that meet ACE minimum score recommendations are consider for transfer. To determine course equivalencies for DANTES and DSST, please refer to Transferology.

Credit by Exam

College Level coursework recorded as "Credit By Examination" on a student's transcript from another college or university will be consider for transfer.