Because not all college-level learning takes place in the classroom, Bloomfield College accepts credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Portfolio Learning Assessment (PLA).
A maximum of 16 course units may be earned through CLEP exams (including College Board Placement examinations) and Portfolio Learning Assessment.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exam is offered to both Bloomfield College and non-Bloomfield College students who may have knowledge or professional experience in a particular subject.
Learn more about CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at The Test Center at Bloomfield College
Portfolio Learning Assessment (PLA)
Assessment of life learning experience is a flexible, efficient way of earning college credits for what you have learned outside the classroom. Awarding of credit for life experience operates on the belief that college-level learning, no matter how it is gained, deserves college credits. Therefore, nearly any type of experiential learning can gain college credit as long as:
- It is equivalent to a course or courses at Bloomfield College and
- You can prove your expertise.
A portfolio is a completion of documentation assembled in an approved format to demonstrate college-level knowledge for an award of credit. The portfolio you submit will serve as proof of your expertise and the value it has in the academic world. It can include knowledge or skills gained from a wide variety of sources, including but not limited to:
- Full or part time jobs Independent reading and study
- Training programs or in-service courses
- Volunteer work
- Cultural and artistic pursuits
- Hobbies and recreational pastimes
- Community or religious activities
- Military service Travel
Applying for PLA
To apply for portfolio assessment students must:
- Apply for portfolio assessment through the Associate VP for Academic Affairs/Dean of Graduate Studies), 73 Oakland Avenue, ext. 1352. The fee for portfolio assessment is $500 per portfolio, to be paid at the time a portfolio application is approved.
- Have completed a minimum of 6 course units at the College (4 course units for transfer students holding the AA or AS degree)
- Students may apply for portfolio assessment prior to completing 6 course units and credits will be recorded on the transcript once the 6 course units have been completed.
- Successful completion of a portfolio will be recorded on the student's transcript as a grade of “satisfactory” and will not be used in calculating the grade point average
There is a special portfolio review process if you test out of WRT106/Analytic Argumentative Writing through placement testing at Bloomfield College: