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Credit For Prior Learning

AP – Advanced Placement Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) classes can be an important part of a student's college preparation plan. Classes are offered in most high schools throughout Minnesota and offer rigorous course content in many areas. Through AP exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.
AP Transfer Information

CLEP – College Level Examination Program

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) is a college board program that allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects. The College-Level Examination Program® provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. CLEP exams do not relate to a specifically designed college-level courses taught in high school. CLEP exams test mastery of college-level materials acquired in a variety of ways such as through general academic instruction, significant independent study, or extracurricular work.
CLEP Transfer Information

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program is an educational program taught in one of three languages - English, French, or Spanish - and is intended for students in their final two years of secondary school, often before entering university. The program, administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization, is one of the most widely recognized pre-university educational programs in the world.

Foreign/International Credentials/Transcripts

If you have completed college-level courses in another country and would like your foreign transcript reviewed for potential transfer credits, you must have your foreign transcript evaluated by one of the evaluation services listed below. Please be sure to request a course-by-course evaluation.

You must also provide course syllabi or outlines, translated to English, to have the courses considered for transfer credits. Please note that courses cannot be considered for transfer credits unless syllabi/outlines are provided.

Transcript Evaluation Services

High School Articulation

Students who enroll at HTC may request to have Minnesota High School Tech Prep College Credits entered on their HTC college transcript. A student has up to five years from the date the Minnesota High School Tech Prep College Credit course was completed, with a grade of B or better, to formally request college credit for the articulated course. Refer to the HTC website for the complete procedure for Transfer of Minnesota High School Tech Prep College Credits to Hennepin Technical College.


Educational opportunities exist to further your military career or prepare for a civilian career, whether you are active duty or retired, stateside, or abroad. You may be eligible to receive credit for your military training and prior learning experiences that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). College credit for prior military training and experience may be awarded. The standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards and current HTC transfer policy will be used to determine course transfer.

The Veterans Education Transfer System is an online application that helps past, present and future servicemen and servicewomen determine how their military training can count for credit at MN State colleges and universities. Additional Military transfer information can be found at Military Transfer. To order your Military Transcript click here.


The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) program is an extensive series of examinations in college subjects that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. ACE recommends three semester hours of credit per test. DANTES funds DSST testing for eligible service members and personnel at DANTES military test centers. The DSSTs are now also available for use by civilians at universities and colleges throughout the country. To see a list of the DSSTs go to the Get College Credit website.

Credit for Life/Work Experience

Competency-based education allows students to present nontraditional learning as competencies to be evaluated for credit by qualified faculty members toward their educational program. These competencies must be the equivalent of what would have been learned through college coursework.