Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (iPLA)

Empire State University is committed to the idea that students should be awarded credit for verifiable college-level learning regardless of where or how it was acquired. Many students have gained knowledge from sources that are not validated through traditional course work or other forms of prior learning assessment (such as standardized examinations or evaluated professional learning). This learning can be evaluated through our individualized Prior Learning Assessment (iPLA) process.

The iPLA process enables students to explain and document their college-level learning and be assessed by an expert evaluator. Each year, more than 4,000 Empire State University students complete the iPLA process.

Our iPLA guide provides you with in-depth information on how to request credits through assessment of your prior learning and provides technical information needed to prepare for assessment by a qualified evaluator.

iPLA Guide (PDF 1,246kB)

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