Get Credit for What You Already Know!

Please review the different ways Moraine Valley assists students in obtaining college credit for knowledge and skills attained outside of the classroom.  Credit may be awarded through standardized exams, institutional assessment, professional training, industry certification or licensure.  Save money and attain a degree or certificate more quickly. See if any of the following options will work for you! 

Moraine Valley Community College student Michael Vazquez was honored with the League for Innovation in the Community College Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award.

Advanced Placement (AP)

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement AP is a program of classes developed by the College Board to give high school students an introduction to college-level classes and also gain college credit before even graduating high school. 


You are recognized and rewarded for what you know, no matter how or where you learned it. CLEP can help you get the college credits you need in order to reach your educational goals more quickly.  Moraine Valley is an open test site and offers all 33 CLEP exams to both students and the community at large.

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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International Baccalaureate – IB Exams

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International Baccalaureate – IB Exams

The International Baccalaureate (IB) exam assesses student work and measures students' academic, intercultural and basic skills. Moraine Valley determines how it will apply external examinations toward credit in the program of study.

Achieved Prior Learning (APL)

Achieved Prior Learning (APL) is a way to earn credit at Moraine Valley for what you already know from prior learning or work experience. It is designed to help students at Moraine Valley obtain college credit without repeating material. Faculty members assess your knowledge through written examinations, interviews and performance tests. 


Achieved Prior Learning

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Credit for Professional Training, Industry Certification or Licensure


Proficiency Credit

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Proficiency Credit

Credit by Proficiency offers an opportunity to gain credit for knowledge you have acquired in an occupation or educational environment outside of college, or through other life experiences, related to specific Moraine Valley courses.

Credit for Military Service

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Course Selection Benefits

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Veteran Support Services

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Prior Learning Policies:

Students must be currently enrolled and working toward a degree/certificate at Moraine Valley. Course credit must be used to fulfill degree/certificate requirements.

Credit cannot be used to replace a previous grade earned in a course or to complete a course.

All work assessed for prior learning must meet or exceed a grade of “C”. Minimum cut scores on standardized tests are set at a “C” grade level. 

No letter grade is assigned, and these hours will not count toward a student’s grade point average (GPA).

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Credit for Prior Learning

If you have questions about Prior Learning, please contact the Academic Outreach Office at (708) 974-5710 or send us your question using the form below.

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Konnor Parrish (Oak Lawn), shared his educational journey while on a panel for the Illinois Project Lead the Way meeting.


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