PLA By External Challenge Examinations

Lone Star College has established equivalent course credit for minimum passing scores on nationally-recognized, college entrance and subject exams. Students are responsible for test arrangements and making sure official score reports are sent to Lone Star College. In addition to minimum passing scores, students may be required to complete a course or additional assessment before being eligible for credit.

Students must have an official score report sent to Lone Star College directly from the testing organization to initiate credit. PLA by exam credit is automated for assessments that do not require course completion or additional assessment. With exception of AVANT exams, PLA by exam credit applies to LSC graduation requirements only and will not transfer. Students are highly encouraged to discuss their academic goals with an advisor before registering for an assessment.

LSC accepts score reports for select exams administered through the following organizations:

  1. American College Testing (ACT)
  2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - CLEP examinations may be taken at Lone Star College–Tomball or area universities. Please contact the LSC-Tomball testing center for more information. Students may resubmit new CLEP foreign language scores for PLA every six months.
  3. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  4. AVANT Placement - course placement exams for native and non-native speakers of foreign languages. AVANT placement exams must be taken before registering for a foreign language course. Student submit an application for PLA credit after completing designated placement course with a C or better.
  5. Advanced Placement (AP) by College Board - Advanced Placement exams are offered at area high schools. For specific information on high schools offering this exam call (888) 225-5427 or visit the College Board website.
  6. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma exams: International Baccalaureate exams are given at specific high schools. For more information on IB Diplomas go to the International Baccalaureate website. For a list of courses that can be awarded by IB credit, review this document.

External Challenge Exams by Subject