Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)

Provincial Achievement Test (PATs) are administered annually to all Alberta students in grades 6 and 9. These tests are written in all four core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Grade 6 and 9 students are required to write PATs in 2021/22.

Why are PATs important?

Assessing student progress is an important part of learning and instruction. PATs measure knowledge and skills in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies and show a common provincial achievement standard for students in a grade. They are based on what students are expected to know and be able to do according to the Programs of Study. Knowledge about our students’ current level of achievement is essential for planning learning activities to meet the student’s learning needs.

The number of students who achieve the acceptable standard and the standard of excellence are reported to help understand local school results and to enable comparisons of these results to provincial and local school division targets. These are important for school and school division improvement.

For more information on PATs, visit the Alberta Government Provincial Achievement Tests webpage.

When and where will students write their PATs?

The current schedule for PATs with Vista Virtual School is:

Grade 6

  • May 18 – Grade 6 Language Arts Part A: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 14 – Grade 6 Language Arts Part B: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • June 15 – Grade 6 Math Part A and B: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • June 16 – Grade 6 Science: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • June 17 – Grade 6 Social Studies: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grade 9

  • May 16 – Grade 9 Language Arts Part A: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 17 – Grade 9 Math Part A and B: 9 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
  • June 20 – Grade 9 Language Arts Part B: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • June 22 – Grade 9 Social Studies: 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
  • June 23 – Grade 9 Science: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Writing Locations


For Grade 6 and 9 students living in Calgary and area (i.e. Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, Langdon, Okotoks, Irricana, Turner Valley, Rocky View County etc.), the writing location will be:

Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
Calgary, AB  T2H 2B5
The tests at Hotel Blackfoot will be written in the lower level in the Sundance Room. There will be signage in and around the hotel.


For Grade 9 (only) students living in Edmonton and area (i.e. Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, Beaumont, Leduc etc.) the writing location will be:

Strathcona County Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB  T8A 5P7
May 16 – CH-Meeting Rooms 138 & 140 (combined) on the main floor of the County Hall.
All other dates are booked into CC-Meeting Room 2 on the main floor of the Community Centre (down the Artrium hallway from the Information/Security Desk).

Registration is not required.

Students living well outside of these writing-centre communities are not expected to travel hundreds of kilometers to write. These students should contact a local school to inquire about having them supervise their PATs, but those schools are not obligated to do so. Note: Other schools may have scheduled their PATs on different dates than listed above and they should be confirmed with that school.

Have questions?

Give us a call at 1-855-974-5333, x5317 or email