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The North Carolina Final Exams (NCFEs) serve several purposes. In 2011, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted to require an annual evaluation for every teacher in North Carolina. According to State Board policy TCP-C-004, “the intended purpose of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process is to assess the teacher’s performance in relation to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and to design a plan for professional growth. The principal or a designee (hereinafter “principal”) will conduct the evaluation process in which the teacher will actively participate through the use of self-assessment, reflection, presentation of artifacts, and classroom demonstration(s).” The NCFEs are considered standardized artifacts reflective of student growth for teachers and school growth for participants in the teacher evaluation process. Additionally, SBE policy TEST-016 requires public schools to use the course-specific operational assessments as the only final exams for specific courses and to use the results from all course-specific operational assessments as a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the student's final grade for each respective course.


North Carolina Final Exams Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 378kb)
This resource provides answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the NC Final Exams.

Test Administrator's Guides
The Test Administrator's Guides for the NC Final Exams provides test administrators with detailed information on the preparation for and the administration of the NC Final Exams.


2017-2018 NC Final Exams Materials List (pdf, 87kb)
This resource provides a complete list of the NC Final Exams offered during the 2017-18 school year and includes the test materials required for each test administration.


Course Codes that Align with the NC Final Exams (pdf, 206kb)


Procedural Guidelines for Implementing Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (August 2016)
(pdf, 401kb)


Reference Materials for Select NC Final Exams
Students should have access to the following reference tables when taking the Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science NC Final Exams.

Students should have access to the following formula sheet when taking the Advanced Functions and Modeling (AFM), Discrete Mathematics, and Pre-Calculus NC Final Exams.

  • AFM, Discrete Mathmatics, and Pre-Calculus Formula Sheet ( pdf, 68kb )


Sample Constructed Response Area for Student Marks Answers in Test Book NC Final Exam Test Administrations
Students with the Student Marks Answers in Test Book accommodation do not receive an answer sheet during testing. Therefore, in order to provide them with equitable access to the demands of the constructed response items, schools may provide these students with the sample response space during testing.  This document should be printed locally and treated as secure test materials once printed for testing purposes.  The document may be enlarged locally for students who require large print materials.

Teachers may also use this document before testing day as a resource to prepare students for testing.  The document does not need to be considered secure under these circumstances.

NC Final Exams Assessment Specifications
Assessment specifications files for English, mathematics, science, and social studies North Carolina Final Exams provide greater detail on the assessments, including background information, the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes.


Released Test Items
Released test items of the NC Final Exams may be used by schools, students, parents, and the general public to gain a greater understanding of how the State-adopted curriculum standards are measured.