Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby students may obtain credits for prior learning. Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. Students may have their knowledge and skills evaluated against the expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits towards the secondary school diploma. The PLAR process involves two components: "challenge" and "equivalency".
The "challenge" process is the process whereby students' prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting credit for a Grade 10, 11, or 12 course developed from a provincial curriculum policy document published in 1999 or later.
The "equivalency" process is the process of assessing credentials from other jurisdictions.
All credits granted through the PLAR process - that is, through either the challenge process or the equivalency process - must represent the same standards of achievement as credits granted to students who have taken the courses.
Challenge for Credit Info for Parents and Students
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