Exams & Graduation

Final Exams

Subject areas with a final exam:

  • Final exams will be held in all subjects leading to Diploma exams in the formal exam schedule.
  • Students should expect to write final exams in subjects not included in the final exam schedule in the week prior to scheduled exams.
  • Students should expect to write final exams at any time during the month of January and June.
  • Final exams must be written on the scheduled day at the scheduled time.

Alberta Diploma exams are worth 30% of a student’s final grade.

Exam regulations require that students write final exams on the specified date and time. Please make plans based on the final exam schedule posted on the school website. Students missing final exams for personal reasons, such as vacation, may forfeit the opportunity for a final assessment and receive a grade of zero. Please contact the Assistant Principal in charge of exams well in advance of the exam period regarding extenuating circumstances that may prevent a student from taking an exam. ie: surgery

Students who arrive one hour or more after the start of the exam may not be allowed to write the exam at that time. The Assistant Principal in charge of exams will deal with late arrivals.

If a final examination is not written, a parent/guardian must contact the Assistant Principal in charge of exams the morning of the examination explaining the reason for the absence and providing a medical certificate, where appropriate.

Please note: Student ID cards are required for admittance to any final exam.

Rewriting A Diploma Exam

General Application

  • All Diploma rewrites require online registration with Alberta Education. The fee of $26.25 is required even if you are repeating the course.

Coded Students

  • If you require special provisions, such as extra time, you must contact the Learning Strategist and complete the Application for Accommodations for Students with Special Diploma Examination Writing Needs by the deadline set by Alberta Education.

Computer

  • If you are rewriting ELA, Social Studies, or FLA and wish to use a computer to word-process, you must contact the assistant principal in charge of exams and apply. You may be granted use of a computer if space allows.

Appeals

A student has the right to appeal a final mark. The appeal process is as follows:

  1. Arrange a meeting with the teacher after final grades have been posted
  2. If not resolved, arrange for a meeting with the teacher and Learning Leader
  3. If still not resolved, make an appointment with the Assistant Principal/Principal
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​Diploma Exams

On Nov. 24, 2020, the Alberta government announced that diploma exams would be optional for the rest of the school year. The decision to write diploma exams resides with students and their families. Students will receive an exemption if they choose not to write an exam, however, if an exam is written it will continue to be worth 30 per cent of their final mark.

All students currently taking a diploma course, or planning to take a diploma course in the second semester are exempted from writing the diploma exam. Students must still complete all of the required course work and assignments and will receive a school-awarded mark.

Students who wrote one part of the English Language Arts, French Language Arts or Social Studies exams during the November 2020 diploma examination sitting, must write the other part in order to receive an official mark for the course.

Retroactive exemptions will not be provided to students who wrote diploma exams in previous school years.

Students may choose to write diploma exams in any of the January, April, June or August 2021 administrations if they:
  • have a school-awarded mark; or
  • wish to rewrite a diploma exam. 
Students choosing to write must inform the assistant principal of their school, ideally before the winter break, so the school knows how many students will be writing exams. If students choose not to write diploma exams, no action is required.  There is no penalty if students change their mind and choose not to write.  However, if they do change their minds, they must inform the school before the start of the examination.

All students who choose to write diploma exams will do so at the school where they are registered. Students will be required to wear masks and follow all other health measures while in the school.

If you have any questions, please contact your school.


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​.

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