The Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program, established in 1984, has three
- to certify the level of individual student achievement in selected Grade 12 courses
- to ensure that province-wide standards of achievement are maintained
- to report individual and group results
The program provides examinations in selected Grade 12 courses: 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, and Social Studies 30–2.
To receive a high school diploma, students are required to write at least two diploma examinations, either English Language Arts 30–1 or English Language Arts 30–2 and either Social Studies 30–1 or Social Studies 30–2. Students in Francophone programs may take Français 30–1, which is a diploma examination course, or Français 30–2, which is not, to meet their French language arts diploma requirement. However, they must also take English Language Arts 30–1 or English Language Arts 30–2 and must write one of the social studies diploma exams (Études sociales 30–1 or Études sociales 30–2). Please refer to the Guide to Education, ECS to Grade 12, for information pertaining to students who entered Grade 10 prior to the 1995–96 school year.
Diploma Exam Schedule for the end of term writing sessions can be found at https://education.alberta.ca/media/3653376/schedules-significant-dates.pdf