Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are administered annually to all Alberta students in grades 6 and 9. These standardized tests reflect the essentials that all Alberta students are expected to achieve, regardless of school choice or location.
determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn
report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling
assist schools, authorities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning
The tests occur in January, May and June for English and Français/French language arts, math, science and social studies.
Some Grade 9 students write PATs in January of each year.
Grade 9 achievement tests based on the Knowledge and Employability programs of study in English language arts, math, science and social studies are also administered.
Student Learning Assessments (SLA)
SLAs are a beginning-of-the-year assessment. Information that teachers gain from SLAs helps inform the design of responsive learning experiences and support students’ next steps. Both CBE and Alberta Education encourage schools to complete administration as close as possible to the beginning of the year to maximize its value as formative assessment and as a component of the individual teacher’s initial assessment of their class. CBE has determined to leave the choice to administer SLAs up to individual teachers for the 2021-22 school year.
The Grade 3 SLA will be available to teachers as a tool to use at their discretion. Teachers may do one, some or all of the components of the SLAs.
The definitive guides to specific directives, guidelines and procedures for the SLAs are in the documents posted on the
Alberta Education SLA website.
Alberta Education directs the Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program. You may have questions regarding this program for the remainder of the 2021- 22 school year, given that January Diploma Examinations were cancelled by the Minister of Education.
As of March 3, 2022, the Alberta Education Diploma exams webpage states:
- Diploma exams are expected to be administered for the rest of the school year (April, June and August 2022). The situation will continue to be monitored and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health will inform final decisions.
- Due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the weighting of diploma exams will be temporarily reduced to 10% for the 2021/22 school year only.
For more information on each of these bullets, please refer to this webpage.
For the 2021-22 school year only, diploma exams will comprise 10 per cent of a student's overall mark in the course. Diploma exams are mandatory and will be offered for every diploma exam course listed below in November, January, April, June and August:
- 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
- Social Studies 30–2
Choose a school year from the Results listed on the left, to find the results by school, CBE and province.
View Student PAT and Diploma Exam Results
PAT and Diploma exam results are available online via myPass, Alberta Education’s secure self-service website.
myPass is an Alberta Education self-service website for students, parents and legal guardians to:
- view Provincial Achievement Test Results
- view diploma exam marks
- register to write or rewrite diploma exams with online payment
- view and print Detailed Academic Reports (DAR)
- view progress towards a credential (diploma or certificate)
- receive notifications for important messages
Click here for information on how to register for myPass.