Mar 19, 2018  
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog 
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog

Recognition of Non-Traditional and Sponsored Learning

Recognition of Non-Traditional Learning

Credit-By-Examination College Sponsored Examinations

Credit-by-Examination (CBE) is available for some courses at Guam Community College. Interested students should contact the appropriate Dean or Department Chair to determine whether or not this option is available for any particular course. To be eligible to earn Credit-by-Examination, students must be registered in the College. Courses passed by examination do not carry grade or grade points. If credit is earned, the grade “CR” is recorded. An “NC” (unsatisfactory completion) will be recorded if a student fails to earn Credit-by-Examination. Credit-by-Examination is recorded on a student’s academic record for each course challenged through Credit-by-Examination. After an unsuccessful attempt at Credit-by-Examination, students must wait six months before making another attempt. Students are allowed no more than three attempts to receive Credit-by-Examination for any one course. For each attempt, all applicable fees must be paid, without exception.  No waivers will be allowed. College credit will only be awarded upon full payment of applicable cost. For further information, contact the Admissions & Registration Office located in the Student Services & Administration Building.

Credit-by-Examination does not fulfill the residency requirement of degree, certificate or diploma programs.

External Examinations Credit

External Examinations Credit-Granting Procedure

  1. The various forms of credit evaluation are available only to students currently registered at the College.
  2. Letter grades will not be granted for credits awarded through this program. Instead, “CR” will be used and will not be calculated into the GPA.
  3. Credits awarded through this program will be identified as such on the student’s academic record. They may not be accepted by other institutions.
  4. These credits may not be used to meet the last 12-credit residency requirement for degrees and certificates unless the requirement is waived by a departmental Dean.
  5. Credit may be granted for either electives or required courses.
  6. Credit will be granted only toward a student’s declared program and may require reevaluation if the program is changed.
  7. Evaluation of alternative learning experiences older than ten years, or any period of time designated by a department, may include review for currency.
  8. Evaluation resources such as the American Council on Education (ACE) guides will be consulted, but the College reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policies, which may differ from that of ACE or any other external resource.
  9. The number and type of credits awarded will be governed by the extent to which the knowledge and skills documented in the evaluation process are comparable to the competencies described in existing Guam Community College course documents.

External Examinations Credit is awarded by the College on the basis of the following examinations:

CLEP General Examinations - Credit Hours

Maximum Credit English Composition (with Essay) - 6
Humanities - 6
Mathematics - 6
Natural Sciences - 6
Social Sciences & History - 6

CLEP general examinations in English (with essay) will be accepted by the Guam Community College if the score reaches or exceeds the 35th percentile. If the English exam (with essay) reaches or exceeds the 35th percentile, the College will allow a transfer credit equivalent to EN 110  (3 credit hours).

Other External Exams

CLEP Subject Examinations
College Board Advanced Placement Exams
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
ACT Proficiency Examination Program (PEP)
USAFI Subject Standardized Tests (USSTs)
USAFI End-of-Course Examinations

A minimum score for credit is determined using the American Council of Education (ACE) recommendations. However, the College reserves the right to reject recommendations from such sources (refer to credit granting procedure above).

Credit for Prior Learning (also known as Prior Learning Assessment)

The College recognizes that students may have had prior learning experiences, which might translate to academic credit. The College adheres to the following standards for assessing such experience:

  • Credit should be awarded only for learning, and not for experience.
  • College credit should be awarded only for college-level learning.
  • Credit should be awarded only for learning that has a balance, is appropriate to the subject, and lies between the theory and practical application of the subject.
  • The determination of competence levels, and of credit awards must be made by appropriate subject matter and academic experts.
  • Credit should be appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted.

The College recognizes that students may have acquired learning through traditional college experiences as well as from work and life experience, independent reading and study, the mass media and participation in formal courses sponsored by associations, businesses, government, industry, the military, unions and learning reflected in various examinations.

The College will evaluate prior institutional or college learning as transfer credit and as a basis for advanced placement. The College will evaluate extra-institutional or non-college learning using the prior learning assessment process which includes but is not limited to departmental challenge exams or portfolio assessment. See also “Educational Credit for Training Programs.”

GCC’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) evaluation processes include the following:

  • Departmental Challenge Exams
  • Transfer of credit from other institutions
  • Credit articulated through PLA

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) FEES



Assessment Request

$25.00  per request

CPL Credit Award

20%  of prevailing resident tuition rate

Challenge Exams

$75.00  per exam, for paper or computer-based exam

Practical Exam

$100.00  per practical exam

Note: No charge for CLEP, AP, credit via formal agreements, or military credit.

In addition, a variety of practices exist for awarding credit for learning which has taken place outside of higher educational institutions. Sources of these practices include, but are not limited to:

  • The American Council on Education: Military and Corporate
  • National College Credit Recommendation Service
  • Standardized Examinations such as AP, CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior College Exams

For more information on Prior Learning Assessment at Guam Community College, please the contact Admissions & Registration Office, or visit

Recognition of Sponsored Learning

Military Education

Credit may be granted for armed services school and military experience only as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Educational Credit for Training Programs

The College awards credit for non-collegiate sponsored instruction as recommended by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) or the American Council on Education in The National Guide To Educational Credit For Training Programs. These credits do not fulfill the residency requirement of (ACE) degree, certificate and diploma programs. Nationally recognized training and certification programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Special Project Courses

Special courses are open-entry/open-exit courses; a student may register for a special course during any regular semester or summer session. To register for a special project course, a student must complete the Application to Take form. A student must work with either a counselor or an advisor as well as the supervising faculty member in preparing the Application to Take form. The number of credits to be earned must be specified on the form. A student must obtain the approval of the counselor or advisor, supervising faculty member, Department Chairperson, Dean and the Registrar in order to take a Special Project Course. All special project courses must be approved and start no later than two (2) weeks after the first day of classes for each semester for Fall and Spring, and one week prior to the start of Summer terms.