Didn't get the mark you wanted or needed on your Alberta diploma exam? Have you been out of school for a while and didn't write a diploma exam or take the course you need for post-secondary admission? Don't want to take or retake the entire course? We can help.
NorQuest College offers you the ability to challenge a High School (Grade 12) equivalency course by writing an exam that tests you on the content of the entire course. Your final grade is recorded on a NorQuest College transcript which you can use as proof of admission requirements at Alberta and Canadian universities, colleges, and technical institutes.
*Note: Some institutions may not accept high school equivalency courses for admission to certain programs. Review the admission requirements of the program to which you plan to apply.
The Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT), which oversees Alberta transfer agreements between post-secondary institutions recognizes and publishes all high school equivalency courses annually (see links below), which are used as guides by admission offices in Alberta and Canadian institutions to evaluate your transcript. For more information about courses offered by Alberta post-secondary institutions which are accepted for admission purposes in lieu of Alberta Education courses, view the following documents:
Challenge exams allow you to write a single exam on a high school equivalency subject and receive a single final grade based on the score of the exam. We do not combine coursework grades like Alberta Education courses. The final grade on your NorQuest transcript will be the mark you receive on your challenge exam.
You should consider taking a challenge exam if you:
You should consider taking a course or review instead of the challenge exam if:
Many of the Alberta Education courses have changed in the past 5 – 10 years and you may not be familiar with the new curriculum or standards of excellence. See our Courses section for the specific courses you can take to upgrade.
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