Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment
Portfolio Assessment is a way for you to gain credit for existing college-level knowledge.
In a Prior Learning Portfolio, you identify a college course that matches what you
know and submit a portfolio that explains and documents your learning.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Do I have to be matriculated as a Charter Oak student to get portfolio credit?
- How many credits can I get through portfolio assessment?
- How long does it take to get portfolio credits?
- How much does it cost to get portfolio credits?
- What kind of courses can I get credit for through portfolio assessment?
- How will portfolio credit appear on my transcript?
- How can I tell if my learning from experience qualifies for college credit?
- Can I get blocks of credit for courses in the same area?
- If an evaluator asks for more information, how long do I have to provide it? What
happens if I don't?
- Can I get my portfolio copies back after the evaluation?
1. Do I have to be matriculated as a Charter Oak student to get portfolio credit?
No, it is not necessary to be accepted by the College in order to enroll in the portfolio
2. How many credits can I get through portfolio assessment?
COSC does not limit the number of portfolio credits that students can earn.
3. How long does it take to get portfolio credits?
The portfolio course takes eight weeks. After completing that, you are eligible to
submit additional portfolios for review at any time. From the time you submit your
portfolio, you should allow a minimum of 3-4 months to complete the review. If faculty
ask for additional information or materials, the review time will be longer.
4. How much does it cost to get portfolio credits?
The cost of portfolio assessment includes tuition for IDS102 (which includes a free
review of the portfolio developed during that course), plus a Per Credit Attempted
fee for each additional portfolio. Your tuition cost will depend on whether or not
you are a Connecticut resident. The Per Credit Attempted fee will depend on whether
or not you are matriculated - a degree candidate - at Charter Oak State College (see
Tuition - Portfolio Assessment on the Charter Oak web site).
5. What kind of courses can I get credit for through portfolio assessment?
You may request credit by challenging almost any college course. Types of courses
for which credit cannot be awarded include:
- English Composition (because these are prerequisites to enrolling in the portfolio
- Physical education courses (except theory-based)
- Graduate level courses
- Subjects in which acceptable examinations are available (such as French I, or Public
- Internship, practicum, or field experience courses
- Independent study courses
- Senior Thesis and Capstone-type courses
6. How will portfolio credit appear on my transcript?
Credit is posted by the name of the course challenged, at the level and for the number
of credits specified in the course description. Credit is identified as earned through
Portfolio Assessment and is listed as "Pass." Portfolio credit does not factor into
a student's Grade Point Average.
7. How can I tell if my learning from experience qualifies for college credit?
To qualify for portfolio assessment, your knowledge must be:
- Content that normally taught in a college.
- Applicable across multiple contexts - not relevant only to the specific context or
single incident in which you learned it.
- The result of a significant amount of experience: it must have been deep enough and
have lasted long enough to provide a real opportunity for you to have learned what
you claim to know.
- Able to be described and documented.
- Must contain a mix of theory and application appropriate to the course you are challenging.
- Must be something that is able to be assessed by experts.
You may find it helpful to compare your experiential learning against our Portfolio
8. Can I get blocks of credit for courses in the same area?
COSC does not grant block credit for portfolio assessment. Each course must be challenged
9. If an evaluator asks for more information, how long do I have to provide it? What
happens if I don't?
Requested revisions or additional information must be provided within 30 days of the
10. Can I get my portfolio copies back after the evaluation?
One copy of each portfolio is retained by COSC. You may request in that the other
two copies be returned. The minimum fee for return of extra copies is $25, with additional
charges for heavy or bulky packages.