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.

Students should request that their scores be reported to Lincoln College–Normal’s Office of the Registrar. The code for Lincoln College is 1406.

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. CLEP credit is transfer credit, and therefore cannot duplicate credit already earned from another source. Lincoln College will accept up to 30 credit hours of CLEP credit. A minimum score of 50 (equivalent to a grade of “C”) is considered a passing score. Repeating an exam for a passing score can be done after six months of the initial testing date.

Students should get an official copy of test scores sent from the CLEP Office, by request of the student, directly to Lincoln College-Normal. Testing sites close to either Lincoln College campuses include Illinois Central College, Illinois State University, Illinois Valley Community College, and Lincoln Land Community College. The code for Lincoln College is 1406.

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.

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.  The Prior Learning Assessment Office (located in the Academic Building at the Normal campus) assists students in reviewing past work/life experiences to determine if college-level learning has been acquired.  If students are judged to have the potential for credit awards, the PLA Office works with the student to prepare and submit petitions, documentation, and portfolios outlining their experiences.

Other documentation and submission details may include:

  • US Corporate training records to be sent to the PLA Office from a Human Resources or training department on company letterhead. The letter must state the course title, course description and dates of attendance, and must be signed with the title, address, and phone number of the person signing. Students should include copies of any certificates earned.
  • US Military training certificates. All military basic training has been approved for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), along with many other types of military training.
  • Professional licenses and certificates from an approved program by the American Council of Education (ACE). A copy of the license or certificate and the standards, such as the testing or course work used in granting the credential, should be sent to the PLA Office.

Upon payment of appropriate assessment fees, these documents may be reviewed by certified assessors, faculty members, and outside experts to determine what credit may be awarded. If credit is awarded, the appropriate awards are forwarded to the Office of the Registrar for application to the student’s degree requirements.

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. Students who do not pass the Challenge Exam are not eligible to re-take the exam or petition for credit for the course through prior learning assessment.  A Challenge Exam fee is required and will be charged at $100 per credit hour not to exceed $300.00 per course challenged. Information for each exam may be obtained directly from academic advisors, the Office or the Registrar, or the Academic Affairs Office.