School staff will register students enrolled in diploma exams courses for the first time.
Students who are retaking courses will not be automatically registered. Students may register themselves for diploma exams online using myPass or by paper using the Diploma Examination Registration/Rewrite Fee Payment Form. Students must contact the intended writing centre to request permission to write before self-registering.
Mature students may write diploma exams without taking diploma exam courses and may write these exams in the November, January, April, June, or August writing administrations.
Mature students who intend to write a diploma exam without taking the course must submit a completed Diploma Examination Registration/Rewrite Fee Payment Form to Alberta Education by the dates specified on the form or register online with myPass.
They also need to make arrangements with the principal of the high school where they intend to write or the designated writing centre so that space and a diploma exam will be available for them.
A mature student is someone who, as of September 1 of the current school year, is either:
Mature student status is granted effective September 1 for the subsequent school year. The above criteria must be satisfied prior to September 1. If a student is uncertain about their status as a mature student, they should call the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) and Student Records at 780‑422‑9337 (toll-free 310-0000 within Alberta).
If students are rewriting a diploma exam that they wrote in the current or two previous school years (since September 1, 2016), they are required to pay a rewrite fee of $26.25 (including GST) per exam. The rewrite fee for non‑funded visiting students is $50.00 (including GST) per exam.
The rewrite fee is non‑refundable and cannot be transferred to other diploma exams or other diploma exam administrations even if the diploma exam is not written.
The rewrite fee may be paid by mail in the form of a cheque or money order made payable to the “Government of Alberta”. They may also choose to pay online using the myPass account. Payment must be submitted and received prior to the exam date.
The deadlines to register to write or rewrite diploma exams are specific to the administration in which the diploma exams will be written. These deadlines are specified on the Diploma Examination Registration/Rewrite Fee Payment Form.