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Diploma Exams

COVID-19 Diploma Exam Update:

The November 2020, January 2021, April 2021, June 2021 and August 2021 diploma exams are optional due to COVID-19.

Students who complete a diploma exam course and have a school-awarded mark are eligible for an exemption. It doesn’t matter if they are registered for the diploma exam or not. If they choose not to write the diploma exam, they will be granted the exemption.

For further information see: Learning during COVID-19.


Students can write diploma exams at a Learning Centre in November and April as well as the standard January, June and August dates. Registrations deadlines and rewrite fees apply. Please contact your Learning Centre for more information regarding registering for and writing or rewriting a diploma examination.

Exam Schedule

All 30-level courses offered at the Learning Centres can be written in November, January, April and June. During the November and April sessions, all writers must be pre-registered to write or rewrite diploma examinations. 

The following diploma examinations can be written in November:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 and 30-2
  • Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Biology 30
  • Physics 30

The following diploma examinations can be written in April:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 and 30-2
  • Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2
  • Mathematics 30-1 
  • Mathematics 30-2*Digital Only
  • Chemistry 30
  • Biology 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30* Digital Only

70/30 Weighting

As of September 1, 2015, diploma exam weightings shifted from a 50/50 weighting to a 70/30 weighting, where school-awarded marks will be worth 70 per cent of the final grade. This weighting applies to first-time writers and students rewriting a diploma exam.

Students who would like to improve final marks for courses with diploma exams completed prior to September 1, 2015, may retake the course and/or rewrite the diploma exam. 

To learn more about the options available for writing or re-writing diploma exams and how the 70/30 weighting applies to your specific situation, please contact a Learning Centre.