​​​​​​Diploma Exams

Alberta Education directs the Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program. You may have questions regarding this program for the remainder of the 2021- 22 school year, given that January Diploma Examinations were cancelled by the Minister of Education.

As of March 3, 2022, the Alberta Education Diploma exams webpage states:

  • Diploma exams are expected to be administered for the rest of the school year (April, June and August 2022). The situation will continue to be monitored and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health will inform final decisions.

  • Due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the weighting of diploma exams will be temporarily reduced to 10% for the 2021/22 school year only.

For more information on each of these bullets, please refer to this webpage​.

Provincial tests are part of a balanced, broad-based program of student assessment. The results provide some of the information that guides our educators as they set targets for student achievement and track the results of school improvement initiatives. Visit the CBE website for more information on our students’ provincial testing​​.​​​

For the 2021-22 school year only, diploma exams will comprise 10 per cent of a student's overall mark in the course. Diploma exams are mandatory and will be offered for every diploma exam course listed below in November, January, April, June and August:​

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • English Language Arts 30-2
  • French Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Social Studies 30-2

More information on Diploma Exams can be found on the Alberta Education website​.

Exams & Graduation

Requirements for Alberta High School Diploma

To obtain an Alberta High School Diploma, a student must earn 100 credits, including:

  • English Language Arts [English 30-1 or 30-2]; 
  • Social Studies [Social Studies 30-1 or Social Studies 30-2]; 
  • Mathematics [Mathematics 20-2, 20-1, or 20-3]; 
  • Science [Science 20 or 24, or Biology 20, or Chemistry 20, or Physics 20]; 
  • Physical Education [Physical Education 10]; 
  • Career and Life Management [CALM 20] 
  • 10 credits in any 30-level courses [excluding English and Social Studies]; and 
  • 10 credits in CTS, Fine Arts, Second Languages courses, Physical Education 20 and/or 30

Requirements for a Certificate Of School Completion

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, a student must earn 80 credits including: 

  • English Languare Arts [English 20-2 or 30-4]; 
  • Mathematics [Mathematics 10-3 or 20-4]; 
  • Science [Science 14 or 20-4]; 
  • Social Studies [Social Studies 10-2 or 20-4]; 
  • Physical Education [Physical Education 10 ~ 3 credits] ;
  • Career and Life Management [CALM 20 ~ 3 credits]; 
  • 5 credits in
    • 30 level CTS, 
    • 30 level Knowledge and Employability Workplace; 
    • 30 level Work Experience; 
    • 30 level Green Certificate; 
    • or 5 credits in a 30 level Registered Apprenticeship Program course.
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