PLA By External Challenge Examinations

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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. ACT
  2. AVANT - language placement exams must be taken before registering for an LSC foreign language course. Students submit an application for PLA credit after completing the designated placement course with a C or better.
  3. College Board - AP, CLEP & SAT
  4. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  5. International Baccalaureate (IB) 

External Challenge Exams by Subject

Arts & Music
Computer Science
Foreign Language
Math & Science
Social & Behavioral Science

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