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Alternative Ways of Earning College Credit

Standardized Examinations

Miami Dade College awards college credit for standardized examinations that document the required knowledge and competencies for one or more subject areas. Evaluations of examinations are made after the student has been admitted to the College. Official score reports must be sent directly from the testing agencies to the College’s Transcript Processing Services Office. Awarded credit based on the College’s approved course equivalents will appear on the student’s permanent record and on the student’s official College transcript as earned credit only. There will be no indication of grades or quality points and duplicate credit is not awarded (State Rule 6A-10.024 (8). Students may earn college credit based on obtaining a specified minimum score on nationally standardized examinations such as those listed below. Students may also earn credit for courses through Institutional (Departmental) Credit-by-Exam.

Industry Certification Exams

Students can earn credit for licenses and certifications in diverse number of subjects and industries. There are hundreds of industry certifications and licensure in areas as diverse as healthcare, the legal field, aviation and law enforcement which can be redeemed for college credit if they are current and valid.

For more information about how to apply for credit based on prior learning, please visit the Prior Learning Assessment website, or for more information regarding Industry Certifications and reimbursement please contact the College’s Industry Certification Coordinator, Lejla Szabo at 305-237-3122.


Miami Dade College uses the minimum scores, credits, and guidelines for awarding credit for exams established by the State of Florida's Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC). For additional information please review State Rule 6A-10.024 (8) and visit the Florida Department of Education - Articulation web page and click on the Articulation Coordinating Committee (PDF) link located in the Credit By Examination section. MDC employees may also access the ACC Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies Archive.

All exams for Credit-by-Exam are processed as transcripts. Below is the College’s contact information for processing transcripts.

Miami Dade College
Transcript Processing Services   
11011 S.W. 104 Street, Room R301 
Miami, Florida 33176-3393

Phone: (305) 237-2701
Fax: (305) 237-2796

For more details regarding testing policies and procedures, please visit the General Testing Information web page.

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
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