COVID-19 response:

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

Learn about returning to school for the 2020-21 school year.

Important dates

Guides for Students

The Alberta government creates and maintains the following guides to help students prepare to write diploma exams:

Exemplars, examples of students' writing and practice questions

Find practice questions on Quest A+.

Support documents

How to register

Registration for Alberta high school students

School staff will register students enrolled in diploma exams courses for the first time.

Students who retake courses will not automatically be registered. These students must register online using myPass or by filling out the Diploma Examination Registration/Rewrite Form. (PDF, 177 KB)

Students must contact a writing centre to request permission to write at that centre before self-registering.

Registration for mature students

Mature students may write diploma exams without taking diploma exam courses in the following sessions:

  • November
  • January
  • April
  • June
  • August

Mature students who want to write a diploma exam without taking the course must either register online with myPass or submit a completed Diploma Examination Registration/Rewrite Form to Alberta Education. (PDF, 177 KB)

They also must make arrangements to ensure that space and a diploma exam are available, either by speaking with the principal of the high school where they intend to write or a designated writing centre.

Definition of mature student status

A mature student is someone who, as of September 1 of the current school year, is either:

  • 19 years of age or older, or
  • the holder of a previously awarded high school diploma from Alberta or an equivalent high school diploma from a jurisdiction acceptable to the Minister of Education

Mature student status is granted effective September 1 for the following school year. If a student is uncertain about their status as a mature student, they can call the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) and Student Records at 780‑422‑9337 (toll-free 310-0000 within Alberta).


Carefully read the Diploma Exam Rules for Students (PDF, 26 KB) before writing your diploma exams.


Students must bring their own writing materials for all exams, including:

  • pens
  • HB pencils
  • calculators

To ensure equity and fairness to all students, only calculators that have been approved by Alberta Education may be used when writing diploma exams. Both scientific and graphing calculators, with no prohibited properties, may be used during a diploma exam. The calculator directives, expectations, criteria, and keystrokes required for clearing approved calculators can be found in the General Information Bulletin (PDF, 4.7 MB) under the Using Calculators section.

Tear-out pages for rough work are provided in each biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and science exam booklet.

Special provisions or accommodations

Accommodations and provisions are available for students with a special diploma exam writing need. This may include:

  • additional time to write the exam
  • audio versions of exams
  • large print
  • Braille

Talk to your principal or school counsellor for more information.


Talk to your principal or school counsellor if any of the following situations prevent you from writing a diploma exam you registered for:

  • illness
  • school closure
  • accident or death in your immediate family

You may be permitted to write at a Special Writing Centre if you are out of the province when diploma exams are administered. Speak with your principal for more information.


You may rewrite a diploma exam or ask to have it rescored if you believe that your diploma exam mark does not accurately reflect your level of achievement in a course.

To request a rescore of a diploma exam, apply online using myPass or submit the Diploma Examination Rescore Application Form. (PDF, 183 KB)

The deadline to request a rescore is provided on your Results Statement. Requests received after the deadline will not be granted.

The fee for rescoring each exam is $26.25 (including GST). This fee is refunded if your exam mark is raised by 5% or more as a result of a rescore.

Your most recent school-awarded mark will be blended with the rescore exam mark, and a new Results Statement will be available on myPass.

The mark resulting from rescoring becomes your final exam mark, even if it is lower than the original mark.

Rescoring the machine-scored section rarely changes the score. Refer to the written response raw score reported on your Results Statement to help you decide if you want your exam rescored.


Improving your mark

If a diploma exam has 2 parts, you must write (or rewrite) both parts of the diploma exam during the same diploma exam administration to earn credit for that diploma exam course. If this is impossible, talk to your principal or school counsellor.

You may repeat a diploma course without rewriting the diploma exam.

You may also rewrite a diploma exam without repeating the diploma course.

When you repeat a course or rewrite a diploma exam, your new Results Statement will list your most recently earned marks. Your new transcript, if you request one, will show only the highest diploma exam mark and highest school-awarded mark earned.

Rewrite fees

You must pay a rewrite fee for any diploma exam that you rewrite in the same diploma course any time since September 1, 2016.

If students are rewriting a diploma exam they must pay a rewrite fee of $26.25 (including GST) per exam. The rewrite fee for non‑funded visiting students is $50.00 (including GST) per exam.

The rewrite fee is non‑refundable and cannot be transferred to other diploma exams or other diploma exam administrations even if the diploma exam is not written.

Rewrite fees can be paid online using myPass or by cheque or money order in the mail made payable to the “Government of Alberta”.

Payment must be submitted and received prior to the exam date.

Diploma Exam Registration/Rewrite Form (PDF, 177 KB)


To contact us with questions about Results Statements or Mature Student Status:
Phone: 780-422-9337
Toll free: 310-0000 (before the phone number (in Alberta)

To contact us with questions about Transcripts, Rewrite Fees, Diploma Certificates, or Detailed Academic Reports:
Phone: 780‑427-5732
Toll free: 310-0000 (before the phone number (in Alberta)

To contact us with questions about Special Cases Inquiries:
Phone: 780‑492-1400
Toll free: 310-0000 (before the phone number (in Alberta)

To contact us with questions about Provincial Assessment Sector:
Phone: 780‑427‑0010
Toll free: 310-0000 (before the phone number (in Alberta)