Testing locations include Adult Basic Education programs, community and technical colleges, K12 schools, nonprofits, libraries, workforce centers, businesses and other organizations. These locations pay an annual fee which provides their own dedicated portal for Northstar, the ability to award certificates and digital badges, a database that includes the test results of all those accessing the assessments through their portal, online proctor trainings, and technical assistance.
Testing locations use Northstar in many ways. Workforce centers may use it to assess client skills, determining who needs to be referred to classes. Schools may use Northstar as pre- and post-tests to assess progress of students in technology classes. Nonprofits may use it as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of basic computer classes. Businesses may use it to identify employee skill gaps, so they can provide needed professional development. Libraries may use it to determine who needs assistance in using computers to search for information. Each location determines how Northstar can best meet their specific needs.
|Non-profit or workforce center||$300 per year*||$500 per year*|
|Library system with multiple branches; junior college; etc.||$1,000 per year*||$1,200 per year*|
|Larger organizations containing multiple locations||Contact us for custom pricing.|
Note to individuals: if you are wanting to take an assessment, Northstar is free to use. You can take assessments on our homepage, or alternatively take them through a participating testing location to earn a certificate.* — Annual fees allow for up to 3500 assessments per year. Above 3500 assessments, assessments cost $30 per 1000 assessments. For example, a testing location that has 5000 total assessments in 1 year will accrue $45 in additional fees.
Becoming a testing location has many tangible benefits, such as accessing data about your end-users' assessments and awarding certificates.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We regret that we are unable to provide phone support.
We first started looking at this when some of our participants were dropping out of training programs because they were unable to keep up with the technology demands with the training vendor. We began marketing the assessments and basic computer courses to promote employment success... we have less people dropping out of training programs, and we have good employment performance...