Diploma Exams

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.​


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​​.​​​

Students taking specific Grade 12 core subjects write provincial Diploma Examinations at the completion of the course which count for 30% of the student’s final mark. These courses in the CBE are:

  • 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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