Diploma Exams

Note: Alberta Education has announced that Fall (October-November) 2020 Provincial Diploma Exams will be optional. Read more about the announcement here.

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.

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.

Note: These exams will not be mandatory for the October-November 2020 sittings due to COVID-19.

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 sitting they would like to write their diploma exam.

High school summer students enrolled in 30-level diploma courses who intend write the August diploma exam must have a final course mark prior to August 5.

This means students should plan to complete their coursework two weeks ahead of a diploma exam to allow time for marking, feedback, and studying. Teachers will provide guidance on completion dates.

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

Where do I write my diploma exam?

Students may register to write a Diploma Exam at their local school or a Provincial Writing Centre:

  • Calgary Provincial Writing Centre [S.9996]
  • Edmonton Provincial Writing Centre [S.1223]

The location of the Provincial Writing Centres will be determined by Alberta Education and emailed to registered students closer to the exam date.

Only students enrolled in a VVS course and require extensive exam accommodations can write their diploma exam at the Edmonton or Calgary VVS campus. If this applies to you, please contact VVS Support for approval, before you register for your exam.

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

How do I register for my diploma exam?

You need to register for your diploma exam through Alberta Education’s myPass.

Here students can select the appropriate writing centre and diploma exam session.

Sign-up 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 then 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.

All students are permitted to use extra time (double time) for diploma exams without applying for special accommodations or making a request beforehand.

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