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NYIT's unique Prior Learning Evaluation Program was designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit for prior college-level learning relevant to their curricula. All matriculated and registered NYIT students maintaining a 2.0 average are eligible to apply for credit, although transfer students must also have their transcripts officially evaluated before applying for credit. Student knowledge gained outside the traditional college classroom may be evaluated by:

  • proficiency examinations
  • non-collegiate course evaluations, and
  • portfolio evaluations.
  • Note: evaluation fees will be charged.

Proficiency Examinations

Credit for degree requirements and elective courses can be earned by attaining satisfactory scores on proficiency examinations. Excelsior College Examinations, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) are standardized testing programs that cover numerous academic areas. NYIT has developed its own challenge examinations in areas not covered by Excelsior, CLEP, or DSST. Challenge examination information is available in the registrar's office.

Quick Info on CLEP and DSST Exams

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST Subject Standardized Test (DSST) are nationally recognized proficiency exams that provide students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level knowledge and acquire applicable college credit toward completion of undergraduate degree requirements.

For a list of NYIT course equivalencies for these exams, please refer to the following PDF files:

Contact local test centers directly for information on exam schedules and testing fees.

  • $80 per exam
  • $80 per exam
  • 33 exams offered
  • 38 exams offered
  • NYIT Code: 2561
  • NYIT Code: 9248
  • Exams are computer-based.
  • Exams are either paper- or computer-based, depending on the test center.

Additional information about CLEP and DSST Exams:

  • Exams (without essay) are typically multiple-choice and timed for 1 ½ - 2 hours.   
  • When taking an exam, NYIT will receive an official score report if our college code is indicated as the “score recipient.”
  • Credit for CLEP and/or DSST is named as Proficiency Exam (PE) credit on NYIT transcripts. 
  • For academic year 2013-14, the fee is $65 per course to have PE credit posted to NYIT transcripts.
  • If you take a CLEP or DSST exam and do not pass, it will not be noted on your NYIT transcript.  However, you will have to wait three to six months to retake the same exam.
  • All prior learning policies outlined in the NYIT Catalog apply.

Please be sure to obtain academic advisement before taking proficiency exams.  For further assistance, you may contact:    

Katie Lyons
Office of Prior Learning
Room 217, Gerry House, OW Campus
Tel:  516.686.7914

Non-Collegiate Course Evaluations: The University of the State of New York's National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS and the American Council on Education (ACE National Guide Online evaluate and recommend credit for many non-collegiate courses. NYIT honors these recommendations for elective credit and may award prior learning credit for required courses on this basis. Courses that have not been reviewed by National CCRS or ACE but meet certain criteria will also be evaluated on an individual basis by the college. Credit for military coursework and Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) may be granted. ACE has evaluated much of this coursework, and credit toward electives is awarded based upon the ACE recommendation. Certificates of completion, official DD214 forms, and/or official AARTS or SMART transcripts should be sent to the evaluations office.

Portfolio Evaluation: Students may use the portfolio method of evaluation to have their knowledge of a certain course or academic area evaluated. This request for credit must fulfill an elective or course requirement in a student's degree program. Each portfolio consists of an essay explaining how the student acquired this knowledge and how it relates to course objectives. NYIT does require documentation of such learning, which may be in the form of work samples, detailed job descriptions, or licenses. A nonrefundable evaluation fee is charged for each portfolio. A Prior Learning Evaluation Guide with detailed information may be obtained from the Office of Prior Learning.

To get a copy or for more information, contact Katie Lyons in the Office of Prior Learning or call 516.686.7914.