Exams & Graduation

Completion Centre

The Completion Centre allows students to complete any missed exams, assignments / homework, etc. 


  • Monday- Thursday | 3:30 - 5:15 PM in room 317 

There will be an information session for students on managing test stress on Thursday, January 9, at noon hour in room 222.

Final Exams

Contact: Mr. O. Steel via email or voicemail 2401.

Final Exam Policy

To preserve the integrity and security of the final exam process, students need to write their final exams at the scheduled times. Exceptions in the magnitude of a medical emergency, major illness, or funeral of an immediate relative/family member must be approved by a school administrator.

It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they are fully aware of the final exam schedule. Missed exams due to unfamiliarity with the exam schedule will not constitute a viable excuse.

Students with exam conflicts (i.e., two exams scheduled at the same time) should report those conflicts ahead of time to the Assistant Principal in charge of final exams.

Cell phones, IPODS, MP3 players, Smart Watches, or any other electronic device capable of recording, sending, or receiving information are not permitted in the exam rooms. Only approved calculators are permitted.

Grade 10 and 11

Students will only be excused for acute illness or other serious unavoidable emergencies as long as official documentation (e.g., doctor’s note) is provided. Family vacations are not considered to be an unavoidable emergency. Families are strongly encouraged not to schedule family holidays during scheduled final exams. If a student is excused on the date of an examination, it is his or her responsibility to meet with the teacher and schedule an alternate time to complete the final exam.

Grade 12 Diploma Exams

Alberta Education stipulates that, in order for students to receive a final course mark, they must write the diploma examination. Only Alberta Education grants exemptions and deferrals for diploma exams. The school and school administration is not authorized to make these decisions.

If you have a student who is taking a 30 level course (see below) and will be writing a diploma exam in January or June, please read the “Quick Facts” attachment, outlining the answers to commonly asked questions. 

Diploma Exam Quick Facts 

What are diploma exams?
Diploma exams are administered to students in select Grade 12 courses and have three main purposes:
• to certify the level of individual student achievement in selected Grade 12 courses;
• to ensure that province-wide standards of achievement are maintained;
• to report individual and group results.

When are diploma exams administered?
Diploma exams are administered annually in January, April, June, August, and November
according to the schedule posted in the General Information Bulletin at

Are there any practice questions available to students before writing diploma exams?

Yes. Students can try out the released questions from previous diploma exams that are located at https://questaplus.alberta.ca/. In addition, there are released items documents available for each diploma-examination subject on the Alberta Education website.

How will results from diploma exams be shared with students?

Approximately 3 weeks after the administration of diploma exams, student results are available on myPass at https://public.education.alberta.ca/PASI/myPass/welcome. For assistance with myPass, contact the Workforce Development Help Desk at 780-427-5318 (Dial 310-0000 to be connected toll-free from outside the Edmonton area.)

Want to know more?
More information and resources for diploma exams are available on the Alberta Education
website at https://www.alberta.ca/education.aspx.

The personal information collected in the Diploma Examination Program is collected pursuant to section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSA 2000, C. F-25). This information will be used for the purpose of administering the Diploma Examinations Program as well as support programs and policy evaluation and measurement.

Questions regarding the program and the collection, use and disclosure of information may
be directed to the Director, Diploma Programs, System Excellence, Alberta Education, 6th
Floor, 10044 -108 Street, 44 Capital Boulevard, Edmonton, AB T5J 5E6 or by telephone at
780‑422‑5160. (Dial 310-0000 to be connected toll-free from outside the Edmonton area.)

Requests for Exemptions from Diploma Exam(s)

Requests for exemption from a diploma exam must comply with Alberta Education Student Evaluation Regulations. For diploma exams, please contact Mr. Steel, Assistant Principal, as early as possible of any extenuating circumstances (e.g. a medical emergency) which may warrant a request for exemption and for assistance in preparing the required documentation to support and submit 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.

Request for Deferral of Diploma Exam(s)

When a diploma exam is deferred to a later date/the next writing session, 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.

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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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