PLAR

(Refer to this guide when completing the Senior PLAR Application to prevent delays in your assessment)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that you have acquired outside Ontario’s secondary schools. The formal evaluation and accreditation of your prior learning is known as Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

The PLAR process involves two components:

  • the challenge process whereby your prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting credit for a course. Assessment instruments include formal tests (70%) and other strategies (30%).
  • the equivalency process whereby credits are granted to students who transfer from non-inspected private schools or schools outside of Ontario.

Mature students are 18 years of age or over who are returning to school to earn a diploma after being out of high school for at least one year. Mature students must earn a minimum of four Grade 11 and 12 credits by taking courses through Wahsa as well as satisfy the diploma requirements with regard to the provincial literacy test and community involvement.

Up to sixteen Grade 9 and 10 credits may be granted to a mature student following individual assessment. Mature students may earn ten of the 14 remaining Grade 11 and 12 credits needed to meet diploma requirements in three ways:

  • They may demonstrate achievement if the required course expectations and receive credit through the challenge process.
  • They may present education and/or training credentials for assessment through the equivalency process.
  • They may take the course.

Grade 11 and 12 Equivalency Process

What is the grade 11 and 12 equivalency process?

Applicants who wish to participate in the grade 11 and 12 PLAR equivalency assessment process must:

  • be enrolled in a secondary school course;
  • carefully review the curriculum expectations for each course in which they wish to be granted credits;
  • complete the PLAR application for Grade 11 and 12 credits through the equivalency process
  • present credentials/documents that show evidence of learning that relates directly to the Ontario curriculum expectations for the specific courses.

Points to remember:

  • Mature students must earn a minimum of four Grade 11 and 12 credits (including Grade 12 English) by taking the necessary courses.
  •  It is recommended that principals delay granting Grade 11/12 equivalent credits until the above four courses have been successfully obtained.
  •  Students may obtain no more than 10 Grade 11/12 credits through the equivalency and challenge process combined.
  • Principals may grant half credits only for specific half-credit courses.

Grade 11 and 12 Challenge Process

What is the Grade11 and 12 challenge process?

The challenge process is an assessment process. Unlike the grades 11 and 12 equivalency process, a student who successfully challenges a credit receives an actual percentage grade recorded on the transcript.

Mature students may challenge for credit for up to 10 grades 11 and 12 courses. However, they may obtain no more than 10 grade 11 and 12 credits through the challenge and equivalency processes combined. There is no maximum on the number of credits that may be obtained in any one discipline.

Mature students may challenge a course for credit if they can provide reasonable evidence to the principal that they are likely to be successful in the challenge process.

Applicants who wish to participate in the grades 11 and 12 challenge process must:

  • be enrolled in a secondary school course;
  • carefully review the curriculum expectations for each subject which they want to challenge;
  • complete the challenge application form.