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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is credit for prior learning?
  2. How much does it cost?
  3. Will credits earned with prior learning transfer?
  4. How do I submit my transcripts/documentation for evaluation?
  5. How do I check the status of my transcript evaluation?
  6. I completed the SDV 298 PLACE course. Who do I contact to submit a portfolio for evaluation?
  7. Where can I take an exam?
  8. Where can I find study materials for the CLEP/DSST exams?

What is credit for prior learning?

Credit for prior learning is a way for you to use the valuable, college-level learning you gained through your work and life experiences to earn college credit. NOVA offers several ways for you to demonstrate this learning, such as credit for evaluated training programs, credit by exam, credit for military training, and credit by portfolio challenge. You may choose to pursue one or several of these credit for prior learning options to earn credits toward your NOVA degree or certificate program.

NOVA also recognizes several credit for prior learning options available to high school students (AP, IB, Cambridge A Level, Abitur, SAT Subject exams).


How much does it cost?


NOVA Evaluation of Transcripts/Documentation

NOVA does not charge for the evaluation of transcripts or applying credits to a student’s record.

International Transcript Course-by-Course Evaluation

WES – http://www.wes.org/fees/schedule.asp  
IERF - www.IERF.org

CLEP / DSST Exams

Cost of exam (~$80) + NOVA testing fee ($75). No charge to transcript CLEP or DSST credit to your NOVA record.

ABLE Exams

No charge for exam or to apply credit to your record.

NYU Language Exams

  • 12-point exam - $300
  • Registration fee - $20
  • Off-site testing fee (if taking at a location other than NYU) - $20
  • NOVA testing fee (if taking at NOVA testing location) - $75

AP, IB, Cambridge A Level, Abitur, SAT Subject Exams

NOVA does not charge for the evaluation of transcripts or applying credits to your record.

ACE Transcripts

ACE - http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?page=transcripts

NCCRS Transcripts

Fee determined by organization that sponsored training. NCCRS does not issue transcripts.

SDV 298 Course

NOVA tuition for one credit.

PLACE Portfolio Evaluations

$175 per portfolio submitted for evaluation.


Will credits earned with prior learning transfer?

Each four-year school has its own policies on the acceptance of transfer credit earned through prior learning assessment. For example, some universities may offer their students credit for prior learning, but do not recognize similar credit articulated from another school. If you intend to transfer to another institution, it is best to check with the institutional and program representatives regarding their credit for prior learning policies.


How do I submit my transcripts/documentation for evaluation?

Submitting Transcripts: Submit an official copy of your transcript(s) or documentation to a NOVA Campus Student Services Center and complete the online Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form 125-049E. Please visit the College Records Office (CRO) website for more information about the evaluation process.

Air Force: Community College of the Air Force transcripts are evaluated by the College Records Office as a traditional college transcript. You can request a CCAF transcript at http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp to submit to a campus Student Services Center. You must also submit an online Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form 125-049E.

Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard: If you are or were in the Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard you need to request an official Joint Services Transcript from https://jst.doded.mil. You must send these transcripts electronically to the Office of Military Services and submit the online Military Evaluation Request Form 125-349E.

How do I check the status of my transcript evaluation?

Official transcript evaluations are completed by the College Records Office. Please contact AsktheCRO@nvcc.edu with questions about your evaluation. When emailing the CRO, please include your NOVA student ID# in the email.

Official Joint Services Transcript evaluations are completed by the Office of Military Services. Please contact militaryservices@nvcc.edu with questions about your evaluation.


I completed the SDV 298 PLACE course. Who do I contact to submit a portfolio for evaluation?

Please contact the Credit for Prior Learning Office at 703.425.5835 or pla@nvcc.edu.


Where can I take an exam?

You can take the SDV 100 ABLE exam at any of the NOVA Campus Testing Centers.

You can take the CLEP, DSST, NYU Language exams and others at the Annandale or Alexandria NOVA Workforce Professional Testing Centers.(hyperlink to purple text http://www.nvcc.edu/workforce/test-center.html) Please contact the testing center for registration and cost details.

Annandale Professional Test Center
Workforce Development Division
Center for Employee Development
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 503
Annandale, VA 22003
703.323.3437
Alexandria Professional Test Center
Workforce Development Division
Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf AA230
5000 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
703.845.6280

Where can I find study materials for the CLEP/DSST exams?

Visit the CLEP and DSST websites for detailed overviews of these exams and to purchase study guides, practice exams and view recommended study textbooks.

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