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1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6210 or (800) 322-6282 (deaf/hh: use 711 relay)
FAX: (608) 243-4353
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HOURS:

Phone
Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In-person
Monday - Thursday: 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning = Demonstration of informal learning experiences


To earn experiential learning credit, you must complete an assessment of your knowledge and abilities. A non-refundable fee will be charged to your student account when you sign up for one of the following.

  • Challenge Exams: $50 per exam
  • Portfolio reviews: $90 per course request
  • Skills Demonstrations: $90 per course request
Challenge Exams

You can test out of a course using challenge exams. The type of exam varies depending on the course. 

To review classes that offer challenge exams:

  1. Go to Search Classes in myMadisonCollege.
  2. Select "CPL 99935001 Credit for Prior Learning Challenge Exam".
  3. Click View Sections and review the topic headings to see specific courses for which challenge exams exist. Select the option you are interested in.
  4. IMPORTANT: Review the Notes field to access the outline of instruction. This describes what you are expected to know to earn credit for the class. 

If you wish to take the challenge exam:

  1. Register and pay for the CPL class.
    • You must be logged into your student account to do this.
    • Be aware that some classes require instructor consent.
    • You cannot drop this class once you enroll. 
  2. Follow the instructions outlined in the class notes for next steps. 
  3. If you have questions, contact the instructor.
  4. Complete the challenge exam when scheduled.
  5. Check your grades in your student account for pass/fail results on the CPL course. These are typically provided within five days of exam completion. 
  6. If successful, your Degree Progress Report will show credit earned within two weeks of exam completion.
Portfolio

You can get credit for a class by completing a portfolio. The type of portfolio varies depending on the course. 

To review classes that offer a portfolio review:

  1. Go to Search Classes in myMadisonCollege.
  2. Select "CPL 99935002 Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio".
  3. Click View Sections and review the topic headings to see specific classes. Select the option you are interested in.
  4. IMPORTANT: Review the Notes field to access the outline of instruction. This describes what you are expected to know to earn credit for the class.

If you wish to perform a portfolio review:

  1. Register and pay for the CPL class.
    • You must be logged into your student account to do this.
    • Be aware that some classes require instructor consent.
    • You cannot drop this class once you enroll.
  2. Follow the instructions outlined in the class notes for next steps.
  3. If you have questions, contact the instructor.
  4. Complete the portfolio review when scheduled.
  5. Check your grades in your student account for pass/fail results on the CPL course. These are typically provided within five days of portfolio completion.
  6. If successful, your Degree Progress Report will show credit earned within two weeks of portfolio completion.
Skills Demo

You can get credit for a class by completing a skills demonstration. The type of skills demonstration varies depending on the course. 

To review classes that offer a skills demonstration:

  1. Go to Search Classes in myMadisonCollege.
  2. Select "CPL 99935003 Credit for Prior Learning Demonstration".
  3. Click View Sections and review the topic headings to see specific classes. Select the option you are interested in.
  4. IMPORTANT: Review the Notes field to access the outline of instruction. This describes what you are expected to know to earn credit for the class.

If you wish to perform a skills demonstration:

  1. Register and pay for the CPL class.
    • You must be logged into your student account to do this.
    • Be aware that some classes require instructor consent.
    • You cannot drop this class once you enroll.
  2. Follow the instructions outlined in the class notes for next steps.
  3. If you have questions, contact the instructor.
  4. Complete the skills demonstration when scheduled.
  5. Check your grades in your student account for pass/fail results on the CPL course. These are typically provided within five days of demonstration completion.
  6. If successful, your Degree Progress Report will show credit earned within two weeks of demonstration completion.

If you do not see the course for which you want to earn experiential credit, please contact creditforpriorlearning@madisoncollege.edu to begin the process.