Challenge Exams for Spring 2020 Only

  • Due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, high school students may take a challenge exam during the spring of 2020 for a course in which they are currently enrolled, at no cost to the student.  These exams are only available in core content subjects only - English, Social Studies, Science, Math, World Languages – and for core classes. For example, challenge exams are available for English 9 & 10, but not Creative Writing or AP courses.  This provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of a subject area and raise their second semester grade to an A or B (only exam grades of B or higher are posted on transcripts).  For questions or to schedule an exam, contact your school counselor or Laurie.Beam@k12northstar.org.  

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

  • Exam #1
    The June challenge exam is cancelled due to COVID-19 and district closure. 
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, May 22, 2020
    Exam Date:  Thursday, June 4, 2020
    Exam Start Time:  10:00 a.m.
    Please note, depending on state and district guidelines for social distancing and closures, this exam may be canceled or postponed.
     
    Location: FNSBSD Admin Center
    Check in at Teaching & Learning on the second floor
    520 Fifth Avenue
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
     
     
    Exam #2
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, July 17, 2020
    Exam Date:  Friday, July 31, 2020
    Exam Start Time:  10:00 a.m.
    Please note, depending on state and district guidelines for social distancing and closures, this exam may be canceled or postponed.
     
    Location: FNSBSD Admin Center
    Check in at Teaching & Learning on the second floor
    520 Fifth Avenue
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
     
     
    Exam #3
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, October 30, 2020
    Exam Date:  Saturday, November 14, 2020
    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
     
     
    Exam #4
    Registration & Fee Submission Deadline:  Friday, May 21, 2021
    Exam Date:  Thursday, June 3, 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
     

Contact Information

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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.
     
     

High School Credit by Exam Transcript Form

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Process for Challenging Courses

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