Final exams are scheduled at the end of each semester, in January and June, and May for IB. Exams include both diploma and non-diploma exams and are an assessment component of all academic courses. Alberta Education stipulates that, in order for students to receive a final course mark, they must write the diploma examination. Please note, Alberta Education fixes the dates of all diploma exams—these dates are non-negotiable.
Requests for Exemption from Exam(s)
Students may be exempted from diploma or non-diploma exams for extraordinary reasons or unforeseen circumstances. However, requests for exemption from a diploma exam must comply with Alberta Education Student Evaluation Regulations. For diploma exams, Administration must be notified as early as possible of any extenuating circumstances (e.g. a medical emergency) which may warrant a request for exemption and will assist students in preparing the required documentation to support such a request. In all but the most extraordinary circumstances, Alberta Education will defer diploma exams to a later date rather than exempt the student from an exam. For non-diploma exams, Administration will consult with the subject Learning Leader and consider such requests on a case by case basis.
Request for Deferral of Exam(s)
Non-diploma examinations include Grade 10 and 11 academic courses with a scheduled final exam. If a student anticipates missing a scheduled non-diploma exam(s) for non-emergency reasons (e.g. a family holiday) it is necessary to inform an administrator in advance and complete an Extended Absence Form. In the case of non-diploma exams, school administration works with students and teachers to find a solution and the student’s mark remains incomplete until such time as the exam has been completed in some cases, students may be required to write their exam in August.
- When an exam is deferred to a later date, the final course mark and credits are withheld until such time as the final exam is written and a combined school mark and final exam mark result in a passing final mark for the course.
- If a student defers a 20-level examination in January, for example, and is registered in a 30-level course in second semester, the student will not be able to take the 30-level course, as the pre- requisite 20-level course will not have been completed.