Diploma exams

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

Students who have been displaced from their communities due to wildfire evacuations and have missed 10 or more school days are automatically exempt from writing diploma exams this June. It will not count against their final grades and their school mark will count for 100% of their official mark. Students who wish to write the exams can still do so, either in June or August. Students or parents can contact their schools to make this arrangement. For questions about the impact of wildfires on diploma exam administration or student final mark calculations, contact [email protected].

Learn more: Wildfire emergency updates

2022/23 diploma exam update

Due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is taking a measured approach to returning to the 30% weighting of diploma exams. For the 2022-2023 school year, diploma exams will only count towards 20% of students’ final grades. The weighting of diploma exams will return to 30% effective September 1, 2023.

Students who wrote a diploma exam or completed a diploma exam course in 2021-2022 may still be eligible for the 10% weighting that applied last year. For more information about these special circumstances, see the Diploma exam weighting overview fact sheet (PDF, 189 KB).


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.

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