Challenge by Exam

Challenge by Exam

If you feel you have the required knowledge (through audit, informal or formal studies, OAC’s, or experience) to address Northern’s course outcomes, you may apply for Challenge by Exam.

Advanced Standing Challenge Exam Form

Challenge Exam Requests

To apply for Challenge by Exam, complete the request for Advanced Standing – Challenge Exam Form for each Challenge Exam you are requesting.

Please note that not all courses are eligible to be challenged by examination. Before submitting your request form and paying the fees, be sure to consult with the program coordinator to confirm that the course may be challenged by examination.

How to Submit Challenge Exam Request Form and Payment

Once you complete the Advanced Standing Challenge Exam form, payment is to be submitted online through your Northern College Student Account. Fees is $148.65 per challenge exam.

This form must be signed to show proof of payment in order for the Coordinator to process your request. Fees to process the request are non-refundable.

Then, you can submit your completed Advanced Standing Challenge Exam Form, with completed payment section, to the Program Coordinator who will schedule an exam date.

Completion of Exam

The grade achieved on the challenge exam shall be recorded on your student transcript.

If you fail a Challenge Exam you may not challenge the course again until one full academic semester has passed.

You may not challenge a course more than twice. If you are unsuccessful after two challenges you will have to retake the course.

Information for Students of BScN

Students of the collaborative BScN program do not have the option to PLAR for transfer credits and there are no challenge exams available. All incoming year 1 BScN students who may be eligible for transfer credits, will have transfer credits automatically assessed based on transcripts submitted at the time of application. Eligible students will be advised if any transfer credits are granted in late August, by the Program Coordinator. Students are not to contact Laurentian University regarding their transfer credit assessment.

Important for All Advanced Standing Requests

Students MUST continue to attend classes in the course until a decision has been made. The decisions and/or grades assessed by the Academic staff are final and are not subject to appeal. Should a student’s status drop from full-time to part-time, as a result of transfer credits, they are encouraged to meet with their program coordinator to select other courses (if possible) to add to their timetable. A change in status can affect funding from OSAP.

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