Provincial Assessment

Diploma Exams

Diploma exams certify the level of individual student achievement in certain Grade 12 courses, ensure provincewide standards of achievement are maintained and report individual and group results.

Diploma exams are administered for the following courses in November, January, April, June and August:

  • 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

Apart from English Language Arts 30-1 and English Language Arts 30-2, all diploma exams are translated into French.

Although January 2022 diploma exams were cancelled, diploma exams will be administered for the rest of the school year (April, June and August 2022). Due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the weighting of diploma exams will be temporarily reduced to 10% for the 2021/22 school year only. See Administering Diploma Exams for more information. 

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are administered annually to all Alberta students in Grades 6 and 9. PATs help determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn, report how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling, and assist schools, authorities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning.

PATs occur in January, May and June for English and Français/French language arts, math, science and social studies. Some Grade 9 students write PATs in January of each year.

Grade 9 achievement tests based on the Knowledge and Employability programs of study in English language arts, math, science and social studies are also administered.

For this year's dates, check the revised PAT schedule.

Student Learning Assessments (SLAs)

Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) are digital tests administered to Grade 3 students at the beginning of the school year. They assess outcomes related to literacy and numeracy. The purpose of SLAs is to improve student learning and help parents and teachers identify strengths and areas for growth.

PAT and Diploma Exam Results

PAT and Diploma exam results are available online via myPass, Alberta Education’s secure self-service website for students, parents and guardians.