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Life Experience Credit

Suffolk County Community College recognizes that learning can take place in both formal and informal settings. We want to recognize your learning through life experience, and offer a variety of ways for you to get the credit you deserve.  There are several opportunities for adult learners to demonstrate proficiency for course learning and translate it into earned credits. Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment include

  1. Transfer Credit –Your transfer to Suffolk begins by applying online.

Request your official college transcript(s) be sent directly from your previous institution to or directly mailed to:

Suffolk County Community College
Transfer Credits
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784-2899

Please email for further information.

  1. College Level Examination Placement (CLEP)

The College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a credit-by-examination program. These exams allow individuals to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects while earning college credit. Individuals can earn credit by receiving qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations are administered on the Ammerman Campus in Selden, NY and Grant Campus in Brentwood, NY. For further information: College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  1. Challenge Exam

Challenge examinations provide an opportunity to demonstrate course learning outcomes through a college exam developed by faculty in the discipline. Credit is granted for successfully passing the exam. Challenge examinations are not available for all courses. Additional information is available in the Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs on each campus. To determine if you would be eligible to complete a challenge exam or to receive additional information contact the Office of Prior Learning Assessment. 

    1. Ammerman Campus Administration
    2. Eastern Campus Administration
    3. Michael J. Grant Campus Administration

  1. Portfolio Assessment

COL 120: Portfolio Preparation is a one credit course that supports the development of a written portfolio that demonstrates college-level learning accomplished in non-traditional ways such as:

    • Paid work experience
    • Volunteer work
    • Home management
    • Non-credited training
    • Travel
    • Independent study

Students are provided with the necessary information and techniques for choosing a degree program and preparing a portfolio that describes and verifies their learning. The portfolio may be presented to the faculty for evaluation and awarding of credit

Evaluation of the portfolio for academic credit is not part of the course and is subject to a separate assessment fee at the time the portfolio is submitted.

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities, complete the form below and a representative from the Office of Prior Learning Assessment will contact you to discuss your options.

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