Diploma Exams

Diploma exams are offered in English and French for selected grade 12 courses:

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • English Language Arts 30-2
  • Français 30-1
  • French Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-2
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Social Studies 30-2

See the Alberta Education Diploma Exams – Overview for more information.

November 2021 Exams

Edmonton exams are being written at the Lynwood Community League Hall (15525 – 84 Ave.). This location does not allow for the use of computers, therefore the Part As of the English Language Arts and Social Studies exams will be hand written. Students with profound special needs or accommodations need to contact us to make arrangements within Pembina Hills for a writing location.

Calgary exams are being written in the VVS campus, with the exception of English Language Arts 30-1 and 30-2 which are being written at the Windsor Park Community Centre (5304 – 6 St. SW) and also hand written. Students with profound special needs or accommodations need to contact us to make other arrangements.

Are diploma exams the same as course final exams?

No, they are two different exams. Vista Virtual School requires students to write a supervised course final exam in addition to the diploma exam.

You can schedule your course final exam once you have completed all of your assignments (see our exams page), but you must register for your diploma exam for a specific date and time.

Do I need to write a diploma exam?

Yes, diploma exams are mandatory for all students registered in an eligible Alberta Education program even if you already have a high school diploma. Both the course mark and the diploma exam mark are required for a final mark to appear on your official transcript.

If you are upgrading your course mark and have already completed the diploma exam, you may be able to use your previous diploma exam mark.

When do I write my diploma exam?

Diploma exams are offered in January, April, June, August, and November (note: not all courses are offered at all five sessions). Students choose which session in which they would like to write their diploma exam.

Adult students can write a Diploma Exam during any of the Alberta Education scheduled sittings as they are able to challenge any exam (proper preparation recommended).

The deadline to register for the January 2022 Diploma Exams is November 1, 2021 at 3:00p.m.

See the Alberta Education diploma exam schedule for upcoming diploma exam dates and times.

Where do I write my diploma exam?

VVS students will be registering at either the Vista Virtual School – Calgary Writing Centre (school code 1558) or the Vista Virtual School – Edmonton Writing Centre (school code 1682). If you are distant from those cities, you can inquire about having your local school supervise those exams, but they are not required to do so. Note that these writing centres are for Vista Virtual School students only. Late registrations or walk-in students will not be accepted.

Students cannot write a diploma exam outside Alberta, and it must be written at an approved exam centre.

November 2021 Exams

Edmonton exams are being written at the Lynwood Community League Hall (15525 – 84 Ave.). This location does not allow for the use of computers, therefore the Part As of the English Language Arts and Social Studies exams will be hand written. Students with profound special needs or accommodations need to contact us to make arrangements within Pembina Hills for a writing location.

Calgary exams are being written in the VVS campus, with the exception of English Language Arts 30-1 and 30-2 which are being written at the Windsor Park Community Centre (5304 – 6 St. SW) and also hand written. Students with profound special needs or accommodations need to contact us to make other arrangements.

How do I register for my diploma exam?

You register for your diploma exam through Alberta Education’s myPass where you can then select the appropriate writing centre and diploma exam session. You may enter VVS Principal, Steven Kaplan, as the authorized member of our organization granting you permission to register for the exam with our school.

Adult students: there is a $50 non-refundable fee (per diploma exam) to access the VVS writing centre and adults registered with the school must write under the school’s supervision.

myPass Account Requirements:

  • An Education Account (current students can contact their school and former students can contact Alberta Education Student Records)
  • The student’s Alberta Student Number (ASN)
  • The student’s date of birth
  • A personal email address (do not use a school-assigned email address)

Contact vvsupport@pembinahills.ca to request your myPass account be set up today!

Are special accommodations available for diploma exams?

Yes. If you use special accommodations when writing course exams, you should be able to use them for your diploma exam. However, you must apply well in advance of the anticipated date of an Alberta Education Diploma Exam in order to receive special accommodations. In cases where students are not able to demonstrate that they have received special accommodations for previous school exams, Alberta Education may decline to provide such accommodations for diploma exams.

Students enrolled in a VVS course and require extensive exam accommodations can write their diploma exam at the Calgary VVS campus. 

Note: All students are permitted to use extra time (double time) for diploma exams without applying for special accommodations. 

To register for special accommodations for your diploma exam, please contact VVS Support.