Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) 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 Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
History of Art AP College Board ARTS 1303 3
Music IB (SL or HL) MUSI 1306 3
Music Theory AP College Board MUSI 1211, 1216 3
Studio Art1 AP College Board ARTS 1311 OR 1316 3
Theater Arts IB (SL or HL) DRAM 1310 3
Visual Arts IB (SL or HL) ARTS 1301 OR 1311 OR 1316 3
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 Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
Business Law II DSST BUSI 2301 53
Business & Management IB BUSI 1301 3
Financial Accounting CLEP ACCT 2401 52
Principles of Financial Accounting DSST ACCT 2401 52
Personal Finance DSST BUSI 1307 430
Principles of Supervision DSST BMGT 1301 419

 Computer Science

Subject Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
Computer Science A AP College Board COSC 1336 and 1337 3

 English

Subject Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
American Literature CLEP ENGL 2327, 2328 46
English Language IB (SL) ENGL 1301 & 1302 4
English Language IB (HL) ENGL 1301, 1302 & 2332 4
English Usage ACT ENGL 1301 31
English Language & Composition AP College Board ENGL 1301 3
English Literature & Composition AP College Board ENGL 1302 3
English Literature CLEP ENGL 2322, 2323 46
Writing SAT (prior to 3/5/2016) ENGL 1301 690-800

 Foreign Language

Subject Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
Arabic (Upon completion of ARAB 1412) AVANT ARAB 1411 2.2-3.5
Arabic (Upon completion of ARAB 2311) AVANT ARAB 1411, 1412 3.6-5.1
Arabic (Upon completion of ARAB 2312) AVANT ARAB 1411, 1412, 2311 5.2-6
Chinese (Upon completion of CHIN 1412) AVANT CHIN 1411 2.2-3.5
Chinese (Upon completion of CHIN 2311) AVANT CHIN 1411, 1412 3.6-5.1
Chinese (Upon completion of CHIN 2312) AVANT CHIN 1411, 1412, 2311 5.1-6
French (Upon completion of FREN 1412) AVANT FREN 1411 2.2-3.5
French (Upon completion of FREN 2311) AVANT FREN 1411, 1412 3.6-5.1
French (Upon completion of FREN 2312) AVANT FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 5.2-6
Italian (Upon completion of ITAL 1412) AVANT ITAL 1411 2.2-3.5
Italian (Upon completion of ITAL 2311) AVANT ITAL 1411, 1412 3.6-5.1
Italian (Upon completion of ITAL 2312) AVANT ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311 5.2-6
Japanese (Upon completion of JAPN 1412) AVANT JAPN 1411 2.2-3.5
Japanese (Upon completion of JAPN 2311) AVANT JAPN 1411, 1412 3.6-5.1
Japanese (Upon completion of JAPN 2312) AVANT JAPN 1411, 1412, 2311 5.2-6
Spanish (Upon completion of SPAN 1412 AVANT SPAN 1411 2.2-3.5
Spanish (Upon completion of SPAN 2311 or 2313) AVANT SPAN 1411, 1412 3.6-5.1
Spanish (Upon completion of SPAN 2312 or 2315) AVANT SPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311 (or) 2313 5.2-6
French IB (AB) FREN 1411 4
French IB (B) (SL) FREN 1411, 1412 4
French IB (B) (HL) FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 1312 4
French Level I CLEP FREN 1411, 1412 50
Spanish Level I CLEP SPAN 1411, 1412 50
German Level I CLEP GERM 1411, 1412 50
German IB (AB) GERM 1411 4
German IB (B) (SL) GERM 1411, 1412 4
German IB (HL) GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 4
Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412 3
Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 4
Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
Spanish IB (AB) SPAN 1411 4
Spanish IB (B) (SL) SPAN 1411, 1412 4
Spanish IB (HL) SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 4
French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412 3
French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 4
French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412 3
German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412, 2311 4
German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412 3
Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311 4
Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
Italian IB (AB) ITAL1411 4
Italian IB (B)(SL) ITAL 1411, 1412 4
Italian IB (HL) ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 4

 History

Subject Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
World History AP College Board HIST 2321 3

 Math & Science

Subject Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
Math Usage ACT MATH 1314 28
Math SAT (prior to 3/5/2016) MATH 1314 640-800
Mathematical Studies IB (SL) MATH 1332 4
Further Mathematics IB (SL) MATH 1332 4
College Algebra CLEP MATH 1314 50
Precalculus CLEP MATH 2412 50
Calculus with Elementary Functions CLEP MATH 2413 50
Biology AP College Board BIOL 1406, 1407 3
Math Calculus AB AP College Board MATH 2413 3 (AB)
Math Calculus BC AP College Board MATH 2413, 2414 4 (BC)
Math Calculus BC AP College Board MATH 2413 3 (BC)
Mathematics IB (HL) MATH 1325 4
Statistics AP College Board MATH 1342 3
Biology IB (SL) BIOL 1406 4
Biology IB (HL) BIOL 1406, 1407 4
Chemistry AP College Board CHEM 1405 3
Chemistry AP College Board CHEM 1411, 1412 4
Chemistry IB (SL) CHEM 1411 4
Chemistry IB (HL) CHEM 1411, 1412 4
Geology IB (SL) ENVR 1401 OR GEOL 1405 4
Geology IB (HL) GEOG 1303 4
Physics 1 AP College Board PHYS 1401 3
Physics 2 AP College Board PHYS 1402 3
Physics C: Mechanics AP College Board PHYS 1401 3
Physics C: Mechanics AP College Board PHYS 1401, 2425 4
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism AP College Board PHYS 1402 3
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism AP College Board PHYS 1402, 2426 4
Physics IB (HL) PHYS 1401 4
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 Area Examination LSC Course Min. Score
Fundamentals of Counseling DSST DAAC 1311 45
American Government CLEP GOVT 2305 50
U.S. Government and Politics AP College Board GOVT 2305 3
U.S. History I CLEP HIST 1301 50
U.S. History II CLEP HIST 1302 50
U.S. History AP College Board HIST 1301 OR HIST 1302 3
World History AP College Board HIST 2321 3
Western Civilization I CLEP HIST 2311 46
Western Civilization II CLEP HIST 2312 47
History IB (SL) HIST 2321 OR 2322 5
History IB (HL) HIST 2321 OR 2322 4
Lifespan/Developmental Psychology DSST PSYC 2314 46
Macroeconomics AP College Board ECON 2301 3
Microeconomics AP College Board ECON 2302 3
Intro to Psychology1 CLEP PSYC 2301 55
Psychology AP College Board PSYC 2301 3
Psychology IB (SL) PSYC 2301 5
Psychology IB (HL) PSYC 2301 4
Social & Cultural Anthropology IB (HL) ANTH 2346 4
Intro to Philosophy IB (SL or HL) PHIL 1301 4
Intro to Sociology CLEP SOCI 1301 53
Substance Abuse DSST DAAC 1319 400
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.