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Diploma exams

Resources to help students prepare to write diploma exams and information for exam administrators.

2021/22 diploma exam update

  • Diploma exams are mandatory in the 2021/22 school year.
  • Due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the weighting of diploma exams will be temporarily reduced to 10% for the 2021/22 school year only.
  • Diploma exams will be offered for every diploma exam course in November, January, April, June and August administrations.


The Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program has 3 main purposes:

  • to certify the level of individual student achievement in selected Grade 12 courses
  • to ensure that provincewide standards of achievement are maintained
  • to report individual and group results

Find out more about Diploma exams.

2021/22 diploma exam weighting

Temporary weighting change information

Why the diploma exam weighting is being changed for the 2021/22 school year

Changing the weighting of diploma exams to 10% will help maintain provincial standards while addressing the learning disruptions that have occurred since March 2020.

When this change takes effect

This change will take effect immediately and will remain in place for the 2021/22 school year.

This means that diploma exams written in November 2021, January 2022, April 2022, June 2022 and August 2022 will be weighted at 10%.

Student marks for November 2021 may be delayed

Students will be notified on myPass when their marks are available.

The 10% diploma exam weighting is for the current school year only

This change is only temporary to address the learning disruptions that some students have experienced due to COVID-19.

This temporary change will not lower diploma exam standards

The expectation for what students must learn remains the same.

The same processes used to develop high-quality diploma exams worth 30% are being used to develop diploma exams worth 10%.

The teacher, as well as the diploma exam, address outcomes from the same program of studies and are both expected to apply appropriate achievement standards.

This will not affect adult students who want to challenge diploma exams

Adult students can still challenge the diploma exams and the process for this will not change.

Students should contact their prospective post-secondary institution about admission requirements

The Government of Alberta is working with post-secondary institutions to ensure admission decisions are sensitive to the unique circumstances of this school year.

Rewriting diploma exams or retaking a diploma exam course

This change in weighting may apply to students who opted-out of writing diploma exams for courses taken in 2020/21 and are now writing them in the 2021/22 school year.

If students are retaking a diploma exam course or rewriting a diploma exam in the 2021/22 school year, they may also be eligible for the temporary weighting in certain situations.

Read the Diploma Exam Weighting Overview (PDF, 317 KB) for examples of how this weighting change will be applied in certain situations.

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