Note to individuals: if you are wanting to take an assessment, Northstar is free to use. You can take assessments on our homepage, or alternativey take them through a participating sponsor site to earn a certificate.
If you are a library, Adult Basic Education site, workforce center, nonprofit, college, or similar organization, you may want to complete the process to become an approved site. This will allow you to award the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates once the online assessments are satisfactorily completed at your site(s). It will also allow you to access detailed data about testing results at your site(s).
|Location of Organization|
|Within Minnesota, USA||Outside Minnesota, USA|
workforce center (up to 3 computer labs)
|Library system with multiple branches;
junior college; etc.
|Larger organizations containing
Contact us for custom pricing.
Also, see our sponsor-networks documentation.
* - Annual fees allow for up to 3500 assessments per year. Above 3500 assessments, assessments cost $30 per 1000 asssessments. For example, a sponsor site that has 5000 total assessments in 1 year will accrue $45 in additional fees.
Sponsor sites receive their own portal through which their clients can access the assessments, a database that includes the test results of all those accessing the assessments through the portal, online proctor training, the ability to award the Certificates, and technical assistance.
Currently, there are two kinds of sponsoring sites: those that award (proctor) the certificate, and those that don't. All sponsoring sites first complete a comprehensive application process and pay a small annual maintenance fee. Sponsoring sites that that award the certificate must also go through online proctoring training. For questions on applying to become a sponsor site not answered on this page, contact us at the email address below. If you're ready to sign up, click here to apply.
If you are an existing sponsoring site and need access to your learners' data, you will need to contact your site's coordinator. If you don't know who this is and would like assistance, please contact email@example.com.