Earn High School Credit via Challenge Exams

High school credit can be earned for certain high school courses by taking and passing a challenge exam. This option is available to students in grades 8-12, with testing occurring annually in May at the Prairie High School Media Center. This is not the same as recovering an unearned credit. For information on credit recovery, please reach out to your school counselor.

Courses that are eligible for credit via challenge exams are:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • English 9
  • English 10
  • Biology
  • Washington State History

The window for applying for a challenge exam is currently closed. Information on testing will become available in February 2023 and will be communicated through this website, the district newsletter, and high school counselors.

  • The assessment fee is $25.00 per .5 semester credit course and fees are non-refundable. Allow a minimum of 2 hours per exam. Students may take multiple exams but must pay for each .5 semester credit course they wish to challenge by the testing date.
  • English 9 and English 10 include a written performance task within each .5 credit course. The challenge exam and the written performance task may require more than 2 hours to complete. An exam may not be started within the last hour of each session.
  • Grades of B- through A must be earned in order to receive credit for a challenged course. The student/parent must initiate the process in order to have credits and grades posted to the student’s high school transcript. Be aware that credit or grade transfer may negatively impact the student’s grade point average and subsequent class rank.
  • Students may attempt the exams more than once on an annual basis, however a $25 fee is required for each .5 semester credit course attempted.

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