Credit for Prior Learning

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CLEP Testing at Virginia Western

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam can now be taken at the VWCC Testing Center. 

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Prior Learning Questionnaire

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Credit for Prior Learning is the process of awarding a student credit for competency in subject matter that has been achieved through previous academic study or occupational experience. This may include, but is not limited to, credit for external advanced placement such as the Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), credit for non-traditional professional certifications, credit for educational/training programs (military, industry, state and federal government), credit for Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations with scores of C or better and portfolio assessment.

Click here to download the Credit for Prior Learning booklet. (PDF)

Credit for Prior Learning policies at Virginia Western are consistent with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) principles and with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy.

Virginia Western Community College may award credit for the following competencies:

General Information

Credit awarded for CLEP, AP, departmental challenge exams, and credit for work experience may satisfy VWCC program of study requirements, but will not necessarily transfer to another institution. Students desiring to transfer credit awarded via these methods should contact their four-year college of interest to determine its policy. However, appropriate credit, when awarded, will be listed on the student’s official VWCC transcript.

Students desiring to earn college credit through one of the above Credit for Prior Learning methods can request an appointment with an advisor. Click here to request an appointment with an advisor.

Contact Us

Cathy Ferguson
Credit for Prior Learning Specialist

Records Office
 Chapman Hall C107
Fax: 540-857-6102

Mailing Address:
3094 Colonial Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

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