Alternative Sources of Credit

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students may receive credit in courses covered by the Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) if the score received is 3 or higher. Credit is granted by a faculty committee on the basis of recommendations by the CEEB.

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college-level credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any one of the CLEP exams. Students that desire to take the CLEP examinations should do so before enrolling for classes at the College. Credit earned through the CLEP examination shall count toward general education and graduation requirements only.

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Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

Lincoln College generally accepts Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) credit through the recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE) for accreditation of military service training and experience insofar as the credit is for coursework comparable with that offered at Lincoln College-Normal.

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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program is administered through the Accelerated (ABE) Program and follows guidelines recommended by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL.) Students with extensive documented work and/or life experiences may apply to receive up to 27 hours of college credit for prior learning. 

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Challenge by Exams

Exams have been developed by Lincoln College faculty which can be completed by students to earn credits for requirements of any degree or major. Students who wish to take a Challenge Exam are required to have experience in the subject area that they want to “challenge.” Exams are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis and are recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

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