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Diploma exams

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

Services and information

General information about Grade 12 diploma exams, including information on marking, weighting, and how to get your results.

Guides, exemplars, rules, and other information to help students prepare for Grade 12 diploma exams.

Find forms and learn how the Alberta government works to ensure exam fairness and consistency.

COVID-19 response:

The November 2020, January 2021, April 2021, June 2021 and August 2021 diploma exams are optional due to COVID-19.

For further information see: Learning during COVID-19.


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 province-wide standards of achievement are maintained
  • to report individual and group results

Find out more about Diploma exams.

November 2020 diploma exams

The November 2020 diploma exams are optional due to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to talk to their teachers about writing diploma exams.

There are circumstances where students need to write diploma exams, including, but not limited to:

  • home education students if required by a post-secondary institution
  • adult students who can write an exam without taking a course
  • students who do not have a passing mark from their teacher
  • students who want to raise their mark, or are interested to have a diploma exam mark on their transcript