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Q: Do I Need to Write the Diploma Exam?

A: If you are in a Grade 12 Alberta Education credit course, you need to write the diploma examination to receive credit in the course. Diploma exams are available in early August, January and June.

If your course name ends with "30," then you are in an Alberta Education credit course. For example, Biology 30 and English 30-1 are Alberta Education credit courses. If your course name ends with "030," then you are in an Adult Equivalent course (sometimes called an "equivalency") and you do not need to write the diploma exam (you will need to write an "Equivalency Final Exam").

The Province will blend your class mark and your diploma exam mark to get your overall final mark. If your diploma mark is higher than your class mark, you may receive the diploma mark as your final mark. More information on how Alberta Education calculates your final mark can be found in the document "Diploma Exams - General Information for Students" that can be accessed from this web page:

http://education.alberta.ca/students/exams.aspx

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