Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
Each year, Alberta Education tests all children in the core subjects in Grade 3, 6, and 9 to ensure our education system maintains a high standard. Please check your school’s calendar for specific testing dates.
The purpose of the achievement tests is to determine how well students are learning, to compare their achievements to provincial standards and to assist school communities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning. The tests are administered on specific dates, usually in January, May, and June once a subject grade level has been completed. Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher for specific dates.
Parent Guides for students in Grade 3, 6, and 9 are available on the provincial website. These guides provide parent information on Achievement Tests and curriculum details for each subject area.
Diploma Examinations (Dips)
The Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program, established in 1984, has 3 main purposes:
- 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
To receive a high school diploma, students are required to write at least 2 diploma exams; English and Social Studies. Please check your school’s calendar for specific examination dates.
For more information contact:
Learning Services Department