Exams and Preparation

Challenge Exam Courses

Course Exam Structure Writing Length Type of Exam

English 030-1 (ENGL3301)
English 030-2 (ENGL3302)

 

Part A
 

Part B

3 hours
 

3 hours

Written Response (you may choose to do your exam on computer or by hand)

Multiple Choice

Social Studies 030-1 (SOST3301)

Part A
 

Part B

3 hours
 

2.5 hours

Written Response (you may choose to do your exam on computer or by hand)

Multiple Choice

Social Studies 30-2 (SOST3302)

Part A
 

Part B

2.5 hours
 

2.5 hours

Written Response (you may choose to do your exam on computer or by hand)

Multiple Choice

English and Social Studies exams will be written on the same day with a 30 minute break between Part A and Part B.

Biology 030 (BIOL3300)
Chemistry 030 (CHEM3300)
Physics 030 (PHYS3300)
Math 31

Single Part

2.5 hours

Multiple Choice and Numeric Response

Math 030-1 (MATH3301)
Math 030-2 (MATH3302)
Single Part 3 hours Multiple Choice and Numeric Response

Preparing for your exam

The following strategies may assist you in maximizing your opportunity for success on the equivalency exam:

  • If you have finished your course(s), thoroughly review your class materials and notes
  • Consider using a study guide such as "The Key: (desired course), Diploma Study Guide", available at local bookstores or online at Castle Rock Research.
  • Ensure you get a good night's sleep before the exam, have a good breakfast, and arrive early.

What to expect on exam day

Exams are written on Saturdays at the downtown campus, main building, when regular college classes are not in session. Free parking is available in the lots north of the main building. When you enter the main doors (which face 108 Street), signage will direct you to the floor and classroom number of your writing session. Use the elevator to take you to the floor indicated.

When to arrive?

Exams are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before your scheduled writing time. Students will not be permitted to leave during the first hour of the exam. After 1 hour you may turn in your exam. Students will be permitted to enter the exam room up to 1 hour after the exam begins but no additional time will be permitted to write. No refunds or exam rescheduling will be considered due to lateness or inability to complete your challenge exam.

Picture ID required

You will be required to bring picture ID (School ID, passport, driver’s license) to verify your identity before you can write your exam.

What to bring to your exam

Course

Items to Bring

Items Provided to You By NorQuest During Exam

English 030-1 (ENGL3301)
English 030-2 (ENGL3302)
Social Studies 030-1 (SOST3301)
Social Studies 030-2 (SOST3302)

  • Pens and pencils
  • Authorized writing handbook* (Part A only)

 

  • English dictionary and/or French/English dictionary (Part A only)
  • Thesaurus (Part A only)
  • Scrap paper

Math 030-1 (MATH3301)
Math 030-2 (MATH3302)
Math 31

  • Pens and pencils

 

  • Alberta Education approved Formula Sheet
  • TI-84+
  • Scrap paper
Biology 030 (BIOL3300)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Formula/Data Sheet
  • T1-84+ or scientific calculator (student's choice if desired)
  • Scrap paper
Chemistry 030 (CHEM3300)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Chemistry Data Booklet
  • T1-84+ or scientific calculator (student's choice)
  • Scrap paper
Physics 030 (PHYS3300)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Formula/Data Sheet
  • T1-84+ or scientific calculator (student's choice)
  • Scrap paper

*The following are considered authorized writing handbooks only:

  • A Canadian Writer’s Reference (D. Hacker)

  • Checkmate: A Writing Reference for Canadians (J. Buckley)

  • English Language Arts Handbook for Secondary Students (Alberta Education)

  • Fit to Print: The Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing (J. Buckley)

  • The St. Martin’s Handbook for Canadians (A. Lunsford et al.)

  • The Writing Process (Q. Gehle et al.)

What NOT to bring to your exam

Please do not bring anything to the exam not listed on the table above under Items to Bring, including food, beverages, electronics, entertainment devices, communications devices, etc.
Note: no person will be granted access to the internet on any device, including computers on which exams are taken, mobile phones, personal computers, tablets, etc.

 

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar

 

Phone
780.644.6000

Toll-free
1.866.534.7218

E-mail
info@norquest.ca

In-person
Downtown Campus, Main Building, Main Floor

Hours
8:15am – 4:30pm
Monday - Friday


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