(PLA) Prior Learning Assessment by External Challenge Exams

Lone Star College has established equivalent course credit for minimum passing scores on nationally-recognized college entrance and subject exams. Students are responsible for making arrangements for testing 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 the credit-granting process. PLA by exam credit is automated for assessments that do not require course completion or additional assessment. With the 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

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
History of ArtAP College BoardARTS 13033
MusicIB (SL or HL)MUSI 13063
Music TheoryAP College BoardMUSI 1211, 12163
Studio Art1AP College BoardARTS 1311 OR 13163
Theater ArtsIB (SL or HL)DRAM 13103
Visual ArtsIB (SL or HL)ARTS 1301 OR 1311 OR 13163
Footnotes (Arts & Music)

The following footnote refers to activities which must take place on campus. Please see a campus advisor for further instruction.

1Portfolio review is required to receive credit. Please see an advisor to submit an application and portfolio for faculty review. Students who take the Design-Studio Art exam can apply for credit for ARTS 1311, and those who take Drawing-Studio Art exam can apply for credit for ARTS 1316.

 Business

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
Business Law IIDSSTBUSI 230153
Business & ManagementIBBUSI 13013
Financial AccountingCLEPACCT 240152
Principles of Financial AccountingDSSTACCT 240152
Personal FinanceDSSTBUSI 1307430
Principles of SupervisionDSSTBMGT 1301419

 Computer Science

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
Computer Science AAP College BoardCOSC 1336 and 13373

 English

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
American LiteratureCLEPENGL 2327, 232846
English LanguageIB (SL)ENGL 1301 & 13024
English LanguageIB (HL)ENGL 1301, 1302 & 23324
English UsageACTENGL 130131
English Language & CompositionAP College BoardENGL 13013
English Literature & CompositionAP College BoardENGL 13023
English LiteratureCLEPENGL 2322, 232346
WritingSAT (prior to 3/5/2016)ENGL 1301690-800

 Foreign Language

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
Arabic (Upon completion of ARAB 1412)AVANTARAB 14112.2-3.5
Arabic (Upon completion of ARAB 2311)AVANTARAB 1411, 14123.6-5.1
Arabic (Upon completion of ARAB 2312)AVANTARAB 1411, 1412, 23115.2-6
Chinese (Upon completion of CHIN 1412)AVANTCHIN 14112.2-3.5
Chinese (Upon completion of CHIN 2311)AVANTCHIN 1411, 14123.6-5.1
Chinese (Upon completion of CHIN 2312)AVANTCHIN 1411, 1412, 23115.1-6
French (Upon completion of FREN 1412)AVANTFREN 14112.2-3.5
French (Upon completion of FREN 2311)AVANTFREN 1411, 14123.6-5.1
French (Upon completion of FREN 2312)AVANTFREN 1411, 1412, 23115.2-6
Italian (Upon completion of ITAL 1412)AVANTITAL 14112.2-3.5
Italian (Upon completion of ITAL 2311)AVANTITAL 1411, 14123.6-5.1
Italian (Upon completion of ITAL 2312)AVANTITAL 1411, 1412, 23115.2-6
Japanese (Upon completion of JAPN 1412)AVANTJAPN 14112.2-3.5
Japanese (Upon completion of JAPN 2311)AVANTJAPN 1411, 14123.6-5.1
Japanese (Upon completion of JAPN 2312)AVANTJAPN 1411, 1412, 23115.2-6
Spanish (Upon completion of SPAN 1412AVANTSPAN 14112.2-3.5
Spanish (Upon completion of SPAN 2311 or 2313)AVANTSPAN 1411, 14123.6-5.1
Spanish (Upon completion of SPAN 2312 or 2315)AVANTSPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311 (or) 23135.2-6
FrenchIB (AB)FREN 14114
FrenchIB (B) (SL)FREN 1411, 14124
FrenchIB (B) (HL)FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 13124
French Level ICLEPFREN 1411, 141250
Spanish Level ICLEPSPAN 1411, 141250
German Level ICLEPGERM 1411, 141250
GermanIB (AB)GERM 14114
GermanIB (B) (SL)GERM 1411, 14124
GermanIB (HL)GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 23124
Spanish LanguageAP College BoardSPAN 1411, 14123
Spanish LanguageAP College BoardSPAN 1411, 1412, 23114
Spanish LanguageAP College BoardSPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 23125
SpanishIB (AB)SPAN 14114
SpanishIB (B) (SL)SPAN 1411, 14124
SpanishIB (HL)SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 23124
French LanguageAP College BoardFREN 1411, 14123
French LanguageAP College BoardFREN 1411, 1412, 23114
French LanguageAP College BoardFREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 23125
German LanguageAP College BoardGERM 1411, 14123
German LanguageAP College BoardGERM 1411, 1412, 23114
German LanguageAP College BoardGERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 23125
Italian LanguageAP College BoardITAL 1411, 14123
Italian LanguageAP College BoardITAL 1411, 1412, 23114
Italian LanguageAP College BoardITAL 1411, 1412, 2311, 23125
ItalianIB (AB)ITAL14114
ItalianIB (B)(SL)ITAL 1411, 14124
ItalianIB (HL)ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311, 23124

 History

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
World HistoryAP College BoardHIST 23213

 Math & Science

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
Math UsageACTMATH 131428
MathSAT (prior to 3/5/2016)MATH 1314640-800
Mathematical StudiesIB (SL)MATH 13324
Further MathematicsIB (SL)MATH 13324
College AlgebraCLEPMATH 131450
PrecalculusCLEPMATH 241250
Calculus with Elementary FunctionsCLEPMATH 241350
BiologyAP College BoardBIOL 1406, 14073
Math Calculus ABAP College BoardMATH 24133 (AB)
Math Calculus BCAP College BoardMATH 2413, 24144 (BC)
Math Calculus BCAP College BoardMATH 24133 (BC)
MathematicsIB (HL)MATH 13254
StatisticsAP College BoardMATH 13423
BiologyIB (SL)BIOL 14064
BiologyIB (HL)BIOL 1406, 14074
ChemistryAP College BoardCHEM 14053
ChemistryAP College BoardCHEM 1411, 14124
ChemistryIB (SL)CHEM 14114
ChemistryIB (HL)CHEM 1411, 14124
GeologyIB (SL)ENVR 1401 OR GEOL 14054
GeologyIB (HL)GEOG 13034
Physics 1AP College BoardPHYS 14013
Physics 2AP College BoardPHYS 14023
Physics C: MechanicsAP College BoardPHYS 14013
Physics C: MechanicsAP College BoardPHYS 1401, 24254
Physics C: Electricity and MagnetismAP College BoardPHYS 14023
Physics C: Electricity and MagnetismAP College BoardPHYS 1402, 24264
PhysicsIB (HL)PHYS 14014
Footnotes (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

The following footnote refers to activities which must take place on campus. Please see a campus advisor for further instruction.

1An essay is required to receive credit. Please meet with the department chair to make appropriate arrangements.

 Social & Behavioral Science

Subject AreaExaminationLSC CourseMin. Score
Fundamentals of CounselingDSSTDAAC 131145
American GovernmentCLEPGOVT 230550
U.S. Government and PoliticsAP College BoardGOVT 23053
U.S. History ICLEPHIST 130150
U.S. History IICLEPHIST 130250
U.S. HistoryAP College BoardHIST 1301 OR HIST 13023
World HistoryAP College BoardHIST 23213
Western Civilization ICLEPHIST 231146
Western Civilization IICLEPHIST 231247
HistoryIB (SL)HIST 2321 OR 23225
HistoryIB (HL)HIST 2321 OR 23224
Lifespan/Developmental PsychologyDSSTPSYC 231446
MacroeconomicsAP College BoardECON 23013
MicroeconomicsAP College BoardECON 23023
Intro to Psychology1CLEPPSYC 230155
PsychologyAP College BoardPSYC 23013
PsychologyIB (SL)PSYC 23015
PsychologyIB (HL)PSYC 23014
Social & Cultural AnthropologyIB (HL)ANTH 23464
Intro to PhilosophyIB (SL or HL)PHIL 13014
Intro to SociologyCLEPSOCI 130153
Substance AbuseDSSTDAAC 1319400
Footnotes (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

The following footnote refers to activities which must take place on campus. Please see a campus advisor for further instruction.

1An essay is required to receive credit. Please meet with the department chair to make appropriate arrangements.