Alberta Education informed school boards on October 13, that October/November 2020 Diploma Exams are optional for some students, and the decision to write will be made by students and their parents.  Diploma Exams scheduled for January, April or June continue to be mandatory at this time.

The exemption to write applies only to students currently taking the Diploma course and who will receive a school-awarded mark for the first quarter (September - November) courses.  Those students who tool a Diploma course before the 2020-21 school year who have registered to write one or more exams in October/November must still write the exam.  However, they may choose to defer the exam writing to January, April or June (message from Chief Superintendent of Schools on October 14, 2020).  

Alberta Education has clarified that any student who finished a diploma course and received a school-awarded mark after the August writing of diplomas and before the November writing, is also exempt from writing the November exams.

Exam Schedule

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Final Examination Regulations

  • All students must be in attendance for final exams (in class exams included) or else a ZERO GRADE will result. In the case of illness a completed and signed doctor's certificate must be submitted.
  • All students must be prepared to provide identification to write exams. This is a PROVINCIAL requirement.  Students must have your Student ID Card.
  • Electronic devices (except approved calculators), including cellular telephones, mp3 players and other listening devices, PDAs, electronic dictionaries or translators are not allowed in the examination area. If caught, you will be escorted out of the exam area and a zero will be assigned to your exam.
  • Course materials (e.g. texts) should be turned in BEFORE the beginning of an exam.
  • All students must be in attendance for IN-CLASS final exams or else a ZERO GRADE will result. A Doctor's certificate is necessary in the case of illness.
  • Students must be present 30 MINUTES PRIOR to the scheduled starting time.
  • Special provisions (reader, scribe, additional writing time, etc.) must have been arranged in advance by the Learning Strategist or ELL team.
  • Students who arrive after 60 minutes have elapsed will NOT be allowed to write the exam.  Extra time is not given to students who arrive late.  Students must stay in their assigned test area for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Students must initial the attendance register.
  • All students can take up to twice the official time limit to write the diploma exam, if needed. Students do not need to declare the use of this provision before writing a diploma exam.
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