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College Credit through Nontraditional Means

College credit may be awarded through nontraditional means (i.e., credit awarded for prior learning from which the skills that comprise courses – terminal objectives – are mastered to an acceptable degree of proficiency). Credit awarded through nontraditional means for academic transfer courses may be awarded by examination, nationally recognized guidelines (AP, CLEP, ACT/PEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, ACE PONSI/CREDIT, ACE/MILITARY) or through other statewide programs identified by the Department.

The College will accept for credit a score of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement® subject examinations. Credit awarded through nontraditional means for nonacademic transfer courses may be awarded through portfolio review by a prior learning assessment specialist through Instructional Services, through statewide articulation agreement for career and technical students or other statewide programs identified by the Department. 

Not more than 25 percent of total credit required for any program may be awarded through nontraditional means. Credit awarded through nontraditional means is not applicable toward the minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours that must be completed at Lawson State Community College.

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