What is mPLAR?

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process through which mature students, who are enrolled in a secondary school program, may obtain credits for prior learning. Mature students may obtain credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for knowledge and skills that they have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. 

A mature student is one who is 18 years of age and has been out of school for ten consecutive months following their 18th birthday. 

The PLAR process involves:

a) Grade 9 and 10 individual assessment assessment/equivalency process
b) Grade 11 and 12 equivalency process
c) Grade 11 and 12 challenge process

In all cases, the knowledge and skills gained through education, work experience, and training must be directly related to the provincial curriculum expectations. 

By using this process, mature students may be granted up to 26 credits towards their OSSD by the principal of Adult Education.

For more information and details about how to apply, please contact the guidance office of the BWDSB Adult Education Program. 

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