Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
for Mature Students Attending TDSB Night School
Who is a Mature Student?
A Mature Student is a student who is:
- at least 18 years old on or before December 31 of the school year;
- is enrolled in a secondary school credit program for the purpose of obtaining an OSSD;
- has been out of school for a period of at least one year before returning as a mature student.
What is PLAR for Mature Students?
PLAR is the process by which you can obtain credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma for
education, training and/or work experience that you have acquired outside of the Ontario secondary school
system. There are three parts to PLAR:
- Grade 9/10 individual assessment/equivalency;
- Grade 11/12 equivalency;
- Grade 11/12 challenge process.
How many credits can I obtain through PLAR?
up to a maximum of 16 grade 9/10 equivalent credits, and
up to a maximum of 10 grade 11/12 credits through the equivalency and/or challenge process.
How are credits granted through PLAR?
Your previous education, training, work experience, and volunteer experience will be compared to Ontario
curriculum expectations of specific related courses for equivalency purposes, based on the information you
submit in your application.
Grade 9 and 10 credits may be granted through assessment;
You can challenge for senior credits.
Who is eligible?
Mature students attending a TDSB secondary night school credit course can apply for PLAR through the
Continuing Education Department.
You must have completed, or be currently studying one of ENG 4U, ENG 4C or ENG 4E
You must have fewer than 26 credits.
Where do I get information on curriculum expectations?
Curriculum expectations are available at www.edu.gov.on.ca and www.curriculum.org.
How do I apply for PLAR?
Students are responsible for initiating the PLAR process, completing all required documents, and meeting
Continuing Education Department, 2 Trethewey Drive, 3rd Floor, Phone: 416.338.4000 Web site: www.tdsb.on.ca/coned
For grade 9/10 equivalent credits, you must submit a completed application package. Be sure to include all
documents listed in the package. You may be required to complete an assessment in English, Mathematics,
Science and/or Canadian Geography/History. If you are unable to produce documentation of your prior
learning, you may have to complete an assessment.
For grade 11/12 equivalent credits, you must submit a completed application package. Be sure to include all
documentation listed in the package. If you are unable to produce documentation of your prior learning, no
assessment will be given. You will need to successfully complete courses through night school, adult day
school, or another credit-granting venue.
For grade 11/12 challenge credits, please refer to the Fact Sheet included in the application package for
Completed application packages for equivalency credits (Grade 9/10 and/or 11/12) must be submitted
to your night school guidance counsellor by November 18, 2005 for Semester I or April 20, 2006 for
Semester I applications will be reviewed in mid-November 2005. Semester II applications will be
reviewed in July 2006. The Continuing Education Principal or designate will contact you with the
results or to outline further steps needed for assessment.
Applications for Grade 11/12 challenges will be available in February 2006.
Is this the same as Maturity Credits?
No. The PLAR process was put in place by the Ministry of Education effective February 2004 to replace
the Maturity Credits process.
Maturity Credits granted prior to the introduction of the PLAR process are still valid. If you were assessed
under the Maturity Credits process and believe you have fulfilled the requirements for your OSSD, you may
submit your documents to the Continuing Education Department at any time.
Is there a fee?
No. There is no fee to applicants.
How can I earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)?
You must have a minimum of 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits.
14 senior credits including grade 12 English are required. In addition, students must successfully complete
the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.
Mature students who have not successfully completed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test must
successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course. This course may be counted as one
of the 14 senior credits toward an OSSD.
You must earn your final 4 credits.
You must successfully complete all compulsory course requirements as determined by your equivalency
evaluation. One of these must be ENG 4U, ENG 4C, or ENG 4E. Your counsellor will help you choose the
appropriate courses to meet diploma requirements.
I have already earned 4 Senior Level credits, including the OSSLC. My most recent credit was earned in
a TDSB night school between February 2004 and June 2005, but I am not currently attending night
school. Can I be assessed?
Yes. You can pick up an application package from the Continuing Education office or from any of the
TDSB night school guidance offices. All key dates apply.
For more information and application forms, please see your night school guidance counsellor.