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Diploma Exam and Provincial Achievement Test Update

October 29, 2021

On October 27, 2021, Alberta’s government announced that they would be changing the weighting of diploma exams from 30% to 10% for the 2021/22 school year. This change is in direct response to feedback from students, parents and education partners about stress and anxiety around academic achievement.


This change will help ensure provincial standards are maintained while taking into account the learning disruptions that have occurred since March 2020. The weighting of diploma exams will return to 30%, effective September 1, 2022. More information is posted online.

To further support grade 12 students whose learning has been impacted by COVID-19, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Advanced Education have sent a letter to the Presidents of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, asking them to consider this unprecedented experience when admitting students.


Students seeking support with preparing for diploma exams or post-secondary planning can contact the Career Counsellor at their school.

Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) will continue this school year, consistent with the 2021/22 school plan and as they would in any other school year.


Please see the following links for more information:


Alberta Education Diploma Exam Page

Diploma Exam Weighting Overview