Challenging Courses by Exam

  • Students who have completed 8th grade and those entering grades 9-12, who are currently enrolled in the FNSBSD, may challenge courses for high school credit. This option is designed to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery through exam. It is not a process for credit recovery or course retakes.  Students who have already taken a high school course are not allowed to take a challenge exam as a way to improve a grade or earn credit for a previously failed class. Students may not take a challenge exam for a course they have previously taken, and exams may not be taken more than once.

    Students may take up to two separate challenge exams each testing date.  Challenge exams are only available for core courses and some world languages. Please contact the Teaching & Learning department to inquire about specific course and challenge exam options.  For more information, such as the registration process, select an option from the menu.

    Exams will be administrated at the FNSBSD Administrative Center, 520 Fifth Avenue, under the Department of Teaching & Learning's oversight.  The special education coordinator, to assure the appropriate accommodations are met, will review a special education student’s request. If accommodations are needed, this must be indicated at the time of registration.

    Registration must by completed and the fee paid by the registration dates listed below in red. See below for registration directions.

Exam Schedule

  • Summer 2021
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, July 16, 2021
    Exam Date:  Friday, July 30, 2021
    Exam Start Time:  10:00 a.m.
    Location: FNSBSD Admin Center
    Check in at Teaching & Learning on the second floor
    520 Fifth Avenue
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
     
    Winter 2021
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, October 29, 2021
    Exam Date:  Saturday, November 13, 2021
    Exam Start Time:  10:00 a.m.
    Location: FNSBSD Admin Center
    Check in at Teaching & Learning on the second floor
    520 Fifth Avenue
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
     
    Spring 2022
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, May 20, 2022
    Exam Date:  Thursday, June 2, 2022
    Exam Start Time:  10:00 a.m.
    Location: FNSBSD Admin Center
    Check in at Teaching & Learning on the second floor
    520 Fifth Avenue
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
     

Transcripts

  • Scores of 80% or higher will earn high school credit. Exam scores of 80% - 89% will be designated a “B” and scores of 90% - 100% will be designated an “A.”  Credit will be reported on the student’s transcript as “Credit by Exam.”  If the student receives less than 80% on the exam, no record will be made on the transcript.

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) does not allow courses completed through credit-by-exam for eligibility purposes.

    Credit-by-exam may be used for Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) eligibility.

Registration & Fees

  • Please note that the registration fee of $85 is required for each exam at the time of registration. Semester 1 and semester 2 are two separate tests (e.g. if a student wishes to take an exam for both the first and second semesters of Spanish I, the total cost is $170.)  Please provide payment (cash, check, or money order) to FNSBSD, Dept. of Teaching & Learning/Attn: Flora Roddy, 520 Fifth Avenue (2nd floor, Suite D), Fairbanks, AK 99701.

     
    Registration Steps:
    1. Complete the online registration form and press "submit"
    2. Provide payment of the registration fee to:  FNSBSD, Dept. of Teaching & Learning/ Attn. Flora Roddy, 520 Fifth Avenue (2nd floor, Suite D), Fairbanks, AK 99701.
    3. Fill out the top portion of  the High School Credit by Exam Transcript Form. This form requires both the student's and parent/guardian's signature.
    4. Submit the High School Credit by Exam Transcript Form to jennifer.morgan@k12northstar.org.
     
     

Contact Information

High School Credit by Exam Transcript Form

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Process for Challenging Courses

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