Final Exams and Diploma Prep

This section contains information for students, parents, teachers, and administrators concerning Diploma Examinations for Grade 12 students.

Diploma General Information Bulletin

Diploma General Information Bulletin

This bulletin contains information on examination schedules and significant dates in the school year; policies and procedures on such things as security, registration on walk-in students, administration procedures, plus many more; forms and samples and registration information; and marks, results and appeals.  Information bulletins are produced in all the grade 12 diploma examination subjects. The purpose of information bulletins is to provide students and teachers with information about the diploma examinations scheduled for the school year. Please share the contents of these bulletins, particularly the sample questions, writing assignments, and scoring criteria, with students.


ExamBank is a powerful resource for Alberta students. They offer online study resources and practice exams in academic subject areas for all Skyhawks!  Ask Mrs. Bontus or your core subject teachers for the SACHS username and password and start writing your practice exams today. 

Additional Resources

Other Educational Links and Resources

Assessment Highlights
These reports, written by the Examination Managers, are intended to provide classroom teachers with information and commentary about student strengths and weaknesses at the provincial level, as demonstrated on the January and June diploma examinations. Assessment Highlights replace the former Examination Managers Reports and are best used in conjunction with school and/or school authority reports along with the classroom teacher’s knowledge of students’ abilities displayed during the school year. By reviewing students’ strengths and weaknesses on past diploma examinations, it may be possible for classroom teachers to modify their instructional programs for the purpose of fostering student learning.

Released Materials
In each document, the intended audience is identified, the source of the items is provided, and possible methods of use are described.

Examples of the Standards for Students' Writing
The written responses are examples of diploma examination writings. These example responses are taken from the Diploma Examinations. Along with the commentaries that accompany them, they should help you and your students to understand the standards for diploma examination writing in relation to the scoring criteria.

Guides for Students
The guides have been prepared by members of Alberta Education's Learner Assessment. These individuals develop the examinations and have first-hand experience assessing thousands of examinations written by high school students each year. The purpose of the guides is to provide students with information that will increase the likelihood of their success in the examination.

Diploma Exams - Information for Students
Are you planning to write a diploma exam and need more information? This bulletin provides details on registration, rewriting diploma exams, exam schedules and much more.

Diploma Exams - Information for Parents
Is your son or daughter writing a diploma exam soon? Here is some helpful information.

Initiative to Maintain Consistent Standards on Diploma Examinations
View information about Alberta Education's initiative to maintain consistent standards over time on diploma examinations.

Teacher Involvement
This section provides information about teacher participation in marking and other activities related to the diploma examinations.

Additional Resources

Data Booklets contain numerical and scientific data required for diploma examinations.

 Biology 30  Chemistry 30  Science 30 Physics 30  

Sample Questions and Exemplars

 Biology 30  Chemistry 30

Teachers may use these projects as part of the assessment of their students.


Diploma Exam Rewrites

How do I register to rewrite a diploma examination?

If you intend to rewrite a diploma examination for a course you are currently retaking through an accredited Alberta high school, your school will register you to rewrite the examination for that course. You will still be responsible for paying the rewrite fee prior to the examination at
If you intend to rewrite a diploma examination without retaking the course, you must register and pay the rewrite fee online at

Can I register and pay the rewrite fee by mail or in person?

The rewrite fee may be paid by mail in the form of a cheque or money order made payable to “Government of Alberta”. You may also come in person to the Transcript Unit, 2nd Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044–108 Street, Edmonton, where you can make payment using cash, debit card, cheque, money order, or major credit card. Payment must be submitted and received prior to the examination date.

Diploma Exam Registration/Rewrite Form.

Diploma Rewrite Form