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.

Exam Schedule

January 2021 Exam Schedule

Monday, January 11

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

English Language Arts 30–1 Part A*
English Language Arts 30–2 Part A*

Tuesday, January 12

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M.–11:30 A.M.

Social Studies 30–1 Part(ie) A*
Social Studies 30–2 Part(ie) A*

Wednesday, January 20

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Mathematics 30-1
Mathematics 30-2

Thursday, January 21

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

English Language Arts 30–1 Part B English Language Arts 30–2 Part B

Friday, January 22

9:00 A.M.–11:30 A.M.

Social Studies 30–1 Part(ie) B
Social Studies 30–2 Part(ie) B

Monday, January 25

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Biology 30

Tuesday, January 26

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Chemistry 30

Wednesday, January 27

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Physics 30

Thursday, January 28

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Science 30


Final Exam Reminders


  • Valid Photo ID (WAHS student ID card or driver's license)
  • Pen and pencil with good eraser
  • Approved calculator for Math & Science exams
  • Bottled water in clear plastic bottle with labels removed
  • Light snacks – remove from original packaging & bring in clear plastic bag


  • Personal electronic devices. These are not permitted in any exam room.
  • Purses, backpacks, and bags. Leave these at home or secured in your locker or vehicle.
  • Jackets & caps/headwear. Leave in your locker or vehicle.
  • Calculator cases and covers
  • Take-out food/meals (pizza, meals, etc.)

Personal Electronic Devices

Any personal electronic/digital device capable of sending/receiving information, audio recording, video recording, or accessing the internet is strictly forbidden in any final exam room. This includes:

  • Cell phones
  • MP3 players or I-pods and headsets
  • Smart Watches
  • Digital dictionaries and/or graphic organizers

Please leave all personal electronics secured in your locker/vehicle OR leave at home during your exam.

Anyone found in possession of, or having access to, any electronic digital device during any final exam will forfeit the exam.

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