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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

College credit earned by currently enrolled students who successfully complete approved Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, CLEP and DANTES/DSST examinations will have credits recorded on their academic records without an additional fee. Credit will not be awarded for courses that are prerequisites to subsequent courses that have been completed, or for courses that have been failed or previously audited.

College Advanced Placement (High School Students)

Applicants who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school should request that the official scores be sent to Registrar's Office. Grades of 3, 4, or 5 on an Advanced Placement examination will be granted college credit for the appropriate courses.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES/DSST

Great Falls College MSU awards credit toward graduation for successful performance in certain subject examinations of the CLEP and DSST programs. Students may arrange to take these examinations at designated centers. Passing grades and the awarding of credit is determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations.

Great Falls College MSU test identification numbers:

  • CLEP 7691
  • DSST 9472
  • ACT 2432
  • SAT 4482

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Great Falls College MSU recognizes that learning occurs outside of the college setting. The outcome of this learning is often the acquisition of skills and/or knowledge that may be equivalent to learning at GFC MSU and other institutions of higher education. GFC MSU may award credit for this learning through the Great Falls College MSU PLA Policy 306.1, which is based on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Policy 2.3.  Additional Procedure information can be found at:  and the PLA form can be found at: