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.

Step 1 Request

Complete the request for Advanced Standing - Challenge Exam form. Use only one 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.

Step 2 Payment

Pay required Challenge Exam fees to the Student Services Office on campus. This form must be signed to show proof of payment in order for the Coordinator to process your request.

Step 3 Visit Program Coordinator

Bring the completed Advanced Standing Challenge Exam Form, with completed payment section to the Program Coordinator.

Step 4 Exam

The Program Coordinator will schedule an exam date.

What happens now?

  • 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.

Please note: If you are receiving funding through OSAP and wish to retain your full-time status, remember: OSAP requires you attend 70% of your classes at Northern. This may affect how many transfer credits you wish to apply for.

Attention Northern College & Laurentian University Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) students:
The Collaborative BScN program does 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.