Prior Learning Assessment
Credit by Exam
UMM grants credit for appropriate scores on the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Students earning the required scores on the exams indicated below will receive credit for the designated UMM courses and/or electives once their official score reports are received from the College Board.
|AP Exam||AP Score||UMM Course||Title||Credits|
|Art – Studio Drawing||4, 5||ART 101||2-D Fundamentals of Art||3|
|Biology||3||BIO 117||This is Life!||4|
|Biology||4, 5||BIO 117 &
|This is Life! &
|Calculus AB||3, 4, 5||MAT 126||Calculus I||4|
|Calculus BC||3, 4, 5||MAT 126 &
|Calculus I &
|Chemistry||3||CHY 101||Chemistry I||4|
|Chemistry||4, 5||CHY 101 &
|Chemistry I &
|Computer Science A||3, 4, 5||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3|
|Computer Science Principles||3, 4, 5||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3|
|English Language/Comp||3||ENG 101||Composition||3|
|English Language/Comp||4, 5||ENG 101 &
|English Literature/Comp||3||ENG 113||Intro to Humanities||3|
|English Literature/Comp||4, 5||ENG 101 &
Intro to Humanities
|European History||3, 4, 5||HTY 226||European History II||3|
|Environmental Science||3, 4, 5||ENV 112||Environmental Issue||3|
|Govt & Politics, US||3, 4, 5||POS 215||American National Govt||3|
|Govt & Politics, Comp||3, 4, 5||POS xxx||Political Science elective||3|
|Human Geography||3, 4, 5||GEO 101||Intro to Geography||3|
|Macroeconomics||3, 4, 5||ECO 201||Macroeconomics||3|
|Microeconomics||3, 4, 5||ECO 202||Microeconomics||3|
|Music Theory||3, 4, 5||MUS 119||Fundamentals of Music: Literacy||3|
|Physics 1||3, 4, 5||PHY 111||General Physics I||4|
|Physics 2||3, 4, 5||PHY 112||General Physics II||4|
|Physics B||3||PHY 111||General Physics I||4|
|Physics B||4, 5||PHY 111 &
|General Physics I &
General Physics II
|Physics C: Mechanics||3, 4, 5||PHY 111||General Physics I||4|
|Psychology||3, 4, 5||PSY 110||Psychology||3|
|Spanish Language||3||SPA 101||Elementary Spanish I||3|
|Spanish Language||4, 5||SPA 101 &
|Elementary Spanish I &
Elementary Spanish II
|Statistics||3, 4, 5||MAT 215||Applied Statistics||4|
|US History||3, 4, 5||HTY 103 &
|American History I &
American History II
|World History||3||HTY 115||World History I||3|
|World History||4, 5||HTY 115 &
|World History I &
World History II
UMM grants credit to degree-seeking students for appropriate scores on the College Board’s CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams. Students earning the required scores on the exams indicated below will receive credit for the designated UMM courses and/or electives.
|CLEP Exam||CLEP Score||UMM Course||Title||Credits|
|Accounting, Financial||50||ACC 201||Financial Accounting||3|
|American Government||50||POS 215||American National Government||3|
|American Literature||50||ENG 2xx||English elective||3|
|Analyzing/Interpreting Literature||50||ENG 118||Topics/Contemporary Literature||3|
|Biology||50||BIO 117||This is Life!||4|
|Business Law, Introductory||50||BUS 221||Business Law I||3|
|Calculus||50||MAT 126||Calculus I||4|
|Chemistry||50||CHY 101||General Chemistry I||4|
|College Algebra||50||MAT 102||Intermediate Algebra||3|
|College Composition||50||ENG 101||Composition||3|
|College Mathematics||50||MAT 1xx||MAT elective (college-level)||3|
|Educational Psychology, Intro||50||EDU 309||Educational Psychology||3|
|English Literature||50||ENG xxx||English elective||3|
|French, Level 1||50||FRE 101 &
|Elementary French I &
Elementary French II
|French, Level 2||62||FRE xxx||French electives||6|
|German, Level 1||50||FOL xxx||Foreign Language elective||6|
|German, Level 2||63||FOL xxx||Foreign Language elective||6|
|History of the United States I||50||HTY 103||American History I||3|
|History of the United States II||50||HTY 104||American History II||3|
|Human Growth & Development||50||PSY 201||Developmental Psychology||3|
|Humanities||50||FIA xxx||Fine Arts elective||3|
|Information Systems & Computer Applications||50||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3|
|Macroeconomics, Principles of||50||ECO 201||Macroeconomics||3|
|Management, Principles of||50||MAN 301||Management||3|
|Marketing, Principles of||50||MAR 101||Marketing||3|
|Microeconomics, Principles of||50||ECO 202||Microeconomics||3|
|Natural Sciences||50||SCI xxx||SCI elective||3|
|Psychology, Introductory||50||PSY 110||Intro to Psychology||3|
|Social Sciences & History||50||SSC xxx||Social Science elective||3|
|Sociology, Introductory||50||SOC 114||Intro to Sociology||3|
|Spanish, Level 1||50||SPA 101 &
|Elementary Spanish I &
Elementary Spanish II
|Spanish Level 2||66||SPA xxx||Spanish elective||6|
|Western Civilization I||50||HTY 225||European History I||3|
|Western Civilization II||50||HTY 226||European History II||3|
NYU Language Exams
The University of Southern Maine offers an array of foreign language proficiency exams developed by New York University. Students matriculated at the University of Maine at Machias may register for the exams for the cost specified by the USM Office of Prior Learning Assessment and ask that their scores be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at the University of Maine at Machias. Students seeking foreign language elective credit at UMM should take the Intermediate-level exam in the specified language (two-hour exam). The exam will test listening, reading and writing skills in the chosen language.
NYU language proficiency exams are available in the following languages:
Intermediate-level exams are worth a total of 12 points. Students scoring from 5 to 7 points will earn 3 credits of Foreign Language elective (FOL xxx). Students scoring from 8 to 12 points will earn 6 credits of Foreign Language elective (FOL xxx). Exams are scored off-site and take 6-8 weeks to be returned to the University of Southern Maine. Credit will be posted to the student’s UMM record only when the official scores are received directly from the University of Southern Maine’s Office of Prior Learning Assessment.
Students should contact USM’s Office of Prior Learning Assessment (http://usm.maine.edu/pla/pla-language or 780.4663) for more information about exam logistics.
UMM awards credit to students earning acceptable scores on any of the DSST exams (formerly Dantes). UMM follows the American Council on Education’s (ACE) recommendations for minimum scores.
|DSST Exam||Min Score||Max Score||UMM Course||Course Title||Cr||Test Taken
|Art of the Western World||48||80||ART xxx||Art elective||3|
|Business Ethics & Society||400||800||BUS xxx||Business elective||3|
|Business Law II||45||80||BUS xxx||Business elective||3|
|Business Math||48||80||BUS xxx||Business elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Business Math||400||800||BUS xxx||Business elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Civil War & Reconstruction||47||80||HTY 320||Topics in History||3|
|Criminal Justice||49||80||GEL xxx||General elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Criminal Justice||400||800||GEL xxx||General elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Ethics in America||46||80||PHI 201||Ethics||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Ethics in America||400||800||PHI 201||Ethics||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Foundations of Education||47||80||EDU xxx||Education elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Foundations of Education||400||800||EDU xxx||Education elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|General Anthropology||47||80||SSC xxx||Social Science elective||3|
|History of Vietnam War||45||80||HTY 320||Topics in History||3|
|Human Cultural Geography||48||80||GEO xxx||Geography elective||3|
|Human Resource Management||46||80||MAN xxx||Management elective||3|
|Intro Law Enforcement||45||80||GEL xxx||General elective||3|
|Intro to Modern Middle East||47||80||HTY 320||Topics in History||3|
|Intro World Religions||48||80||HUM xxx||Humanities elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Intro World Religions||400||800||HUM xxx||Humanities elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Introduction to Computing||45||80||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Introduction to Computing||400||800||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Introduction to Business||46||80||BUS xxx||Business elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Introduction to Business||400||800||BUS xxx||Business elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Life Span Developmental Psychology||46||80||PSY 201||Developmental Psych||3||through||6/07/2017|
|Life Span Developmental Psychology||400||800||PSY 201||Developmental Psych||3||6/08/2017||to present|
|Management Info Systems||46||80||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Management Info Systems||400||800||CSE xxx||Computer Studies elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Money and Banking||48||80||BUS xxx||Business elective||3|
|Organizational Behavior||48||80||MAN xxx||Management elective||3|
|Personal Finance||46||80||BUS xxx||Business elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Personal Finance||400||800||BUS xxx||Business elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Principles of Finance||46||80||MAN xxx||Management elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Principles of Finance||400||800||MAN xxx||Management elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Principles of Financial Accounting||47||80||ACC xxx||Accounting elective||3|
|Principles of Supervision||46||80||MAN xxx||Management elective||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Principles of Supervision||400||800||MAN xxx||Management elective||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Public Speaking||47||80||GEL xxx||General elective||3|
|Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union||45||80||HTY 320||Topics in History||3|
|Substance Abuse||49||80||PSY 327||Chemical Dependency||3||through||6/30/2008|
|Substance Abuse||400||800||PSY 327||Chemical Dependency||3||7/1/2008||to present|
|Western Europe since 1945||45||80||HTY 320||Topics in History||3|
UMM awards credit to students who earn a score of 5, 6 or 7 on a higher-level International Baccalaureate exam. A full list of exams and courses for which UMM will award credit will be posted at a later date.
Military Training & Experience
Veterans of US military service may receive credit for learning gained through documented military training and experience. Applicants with SMART, AARTS or USCG transcripts should submit official copies of same. Transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force should be sent directly from CCAF to the UMM Registrar’s Office for evaluation.
Credit is awarded based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education’s Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. To order copies of AARTS, SMART, USCG or CCAF transcripts, click on the appropriate link below:
When students submit the appropriate credential(s), UMM awards credit based on the recommendations in the American Council on Education’s National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training.
- What is Portfolio Assessment?
- What should my portfolio include?
- ePortfolio Template
- Portfolio Evaluation Process
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Portfolio Assessment?
Students interested in earning credit for college-level learning gained outside the classroom are invited to submit a portfolio to document the learning. A separate and unique application must be prepared for each course for which Portfolio Assessment credit is sought.
Students should first visit with an instructor who normally teaches the course(s) for which he/she hopes to earn credit to find out the specific learning objectives of the course. Students should obtain a detailed course syllabus and include as part of their portfolio. Students may find in reviewing the course learning objectives that they would benefit greatly from taking the course in question.
If, upon examination of the course syllabus, a student believes that he/she can demonstrate that he/she has met at least 70% or more of the course’s learning outcomes, he/she may decide to submit a Portfolio. If a CLEP exam is available in that subject, he/she may decide, alternatively, to attempt to earn credit through the CLEP examination process.
College credit is not awarded simply for experience or time spent on some task. Credit will only be awarded if the student can demonstrate in writing that he/she has mastered at least 70% of the desired learning outcomes of the course in question. In addition, the student must demonstrate that the learning which took place has applications outside the situation in which it originally occurred. For this reason, the narrative piece of the student’s Portfolio is particularly important. Failure to write a thorough and comprehensive narrative paper and/or submit appropriate professional portfolio in the fine arts, may result in denial of the requested credit. The narrative should also satisfy the rigorous standards of any college term paper, and may be rejected for reasons of form as well as content.
Demonstrating that 70% of the learning outcomes have been met does not GUARANTEE that credit for prior learning will be awarded. Students who do not think they will be able to meet even this minimum standard should consider alternate ways to satisfy the requirement(s) in question.
What should my portfolio include?
All portfolios must be submitted using UMM’s ePortfolio template and include the following elements:
- Letter of Intent
- Course Syllabus (for the course for which the student is seeking credit)
- Outcome/Objective Mapping (optional)
- Outcomes Narrative
- Supporting Documentation
Template for Online Portfolio Submissions Beginning July 1, 2016, students must use the online portfolio template.
Portfolio Evaluation Process
Your Portfolio must be submitted using the ePortfolio template described above. The Registrar will review the application for completeness and for compliance with the guidelines outlined below, then make the portfolio available to a committee of at least three faculty who teach in the relevant subject area. The faculty committee will review the portfolio and meet to discuss its merits. Faculty may also choose to arrange an interview with the applicant to discuss the details of the portfolio.
Each portfolio will be judged on the following four elements:
- Discipline or Content Knowledge. Students relate and analyze their professional knowledge and/or core competencies to the discipline of the portfolio in a logical and connective way. Students provide specific details as to how theoretical concepts from the discipline relate to and provide insight into their professional experiences.
- Appropriate Documentation. Students provide a personal narrative that offers an in-depth explanation of life and work experiences as they relate to the academic discipline. All documentation, narrative and supplemental, is coherent and logical, demonstrating significant learning in the discipline representing at least 70% content knowledge in the course(s).
- Critical Reflection. Students provide a synthesized account of the impact of their previous learning experiences and articulate discipline-specific theoretical concepts as appropriate. Students note personal strengths and weaknesses revealed by the learning experiences, as well as the ways in which learning changed behavior. College-level learning is evident. Students offer ways in which present/past experiences have assisted in the development of future learning goals.
- Writing Competencies. Students address the topic of the portfolio course(s) and all required content (from template) fully, directly, explicitly, and logically. References to theoretical concepts are properly cited. All learning outcomes/competencies should be clearly addressed. The language of the document is targeted to the portfolio reviewer and represents appropriate grammar, sentence structure, syntax, and style generally accepted at the college level.
Once the committee has reviewed the portfolio, they will forward their decision to the Division Chair, who will return the evaluation to the Registrar. The committee can decide to accept the portfolio as is, make suggestions for improving the portfolio or vote to deny the awarding of credit. If the portfolio is accepted, the Registrar will post any approved credit to the student’s transcript. If the portfolio is rejected or suggestions are made for improvement, the Registrar will notify the student, and forward a copy of the faculty committee’s evaluation sheet, including their suggestions for improvement or reasons for the rejection of the portfolio.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may apply for credit through the Portfolio Assessment process?
Only students who are matriculated in UMM degree programs may apply for credit through the Portfolio Assessment process.
For what courses may a student submit a Portfolio?
Students may use the Portfolio Assessment process for all established UMM courses listed in the current UMM catalog with the exception of EDU 490 Student Teaching.* Students may not use the Portfolio Assessment process to apply for credit which is not defined by UMM course objectives.
Students may not submit a Portfolio for any course for which they have previously been graded at a regionally accredited institution. Learning experiences and/or documentation based on experiences gained in other college courses for which credit has already been received may not be used to support a Portfolio.
What kind of experiences will be considered for credit? What kinds will not?
Students may submit a Portfolio for any post-secondary experiences outside the military** from which they derived significant learning experiences which are comparable in quality to the expected learning outcomes of the UMM courses in question.
Credit will not be awarded for experiences which are part of any elementary or high school curriculum or extra-curricular activity. Students who participate in plays sponsored by UMM theatre faculty, but who do not register for THE 116 Play Production, may not apply using the Portfolio Assessment process. In order to receive credit for their experience, they must register retroactively for the course in question, pay for all tuition credit and be graded by the instructor of record.
Is there a maximum number of credits which may be earned through the Portfolio Assessment process?
There is no limit to the number of credits which may be earned through the Portfolio Assessment process.
Will credit earned through the Portfolio Assessment process count toward the UMM residency requirement?
Credit earned through the Portfolio Assessment process is posted as transfer credit on the UMM transcript and will NOT count toward the UMM residency requirement.
What is the cost of the Portfolio Assessment process?
Successful portfolios will be assessed a $50 per credit hour fee, which is the standard fee for successful portfolios in the University of Maine System.
This fee will be assessed once the Portfolio Assessment credit has been posted to the student’s transcript.
Will Portfolio Assessment credit transfer to other colleges?
Portfolio requirements are structured and evaluated differently at all schools. It will NOT automatically transfer to other schools and colleges. Students should review the Portfolio Assessment policies at the schools in question. If the school awards credit for student portfolios, it is likely that a new portfolio will need to be submitted and evaluated according to that school’s established procedures.
Are there other ways to earn credit or meet degree requirements besides the Portfolio Assessment process?
Students may earn credit for selected courses through the College Board’s CLEP examination program. Students must earn specific minimum scores in order to be eligible for the credit indicated (see attached schedule).
Challenge exams are available for some courses (i.e. ACC 201, ENG 101, SES 102, SES 103). Students who successfully complete a Challenge exam will not earn credit for the course in question, but an appropriate transcript note will be made, noting that the student has successfully met degree requirements in that area.
* This exclusion is related to the Maine State Teacher Certification requirments.
** Veterans of military service should refer to the section on Credit for Military Training & Experience under Veterans Services.
Reciprocity with Other University of Maine System Institutions
The University of Maine at Machias will also award credit to matriculated students for any test, military, credential or portfolio assessment credit awarded by another University of Maine System institution. Credit awarded will be the UMM equivalent to the course awarded at the other UMS institution, unless a closer review would give the student a better equivalent.