AS OF THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR,  THESE ARE THE ONLY REQUIRED PROVINCIAL EXAMS:

  • ENGLISH 12
  • COMMUNICATIONS 12

It may seem like a long way off, but soon you will be looking at your first set of provincial exams, and EBUS will be there to help prepare you!

When are provincials this year?

Provincial exams have TWO main sessions – January/February and June.  January exams will be held between January 23-26.  June exams are scheduled between June 22-29.  The dates and times for these exams are set by the ministry and school where you are writing the exam; EBUS has no control over when they happen.

What provincials do I have in grade 12?

In grade 12, there is only one exam, for either English or Communications.  Regardless of the course, the exam is worth 40% of your final grade, so it is important to study and be prepared for the exams.  For the course to be completed and show up on your transcript, you need to complete the course work with your teacher at EBUS AND write the provincial exam.  The average of these two marks needs to be 50% or better.  Passing the provincial does not mean you have finished the course.

When do I have to write the provincial exam?

Students have THREE years to write the provincial after completing the course work, so there is no mad panic to write the provincial exam right away.  However it is recommended you write the exam while the course material is fresh in your mind.  If you finish a course part way between semesters, or in the summer, there are other, less common provincial exam sessions that might be a possibility.  Contact me to see what we can arrange.

How do I register for a provincial exam?

Next step is preparing for the exam.  If you want to write the January provincial, you need to aim to be 50% or more complete in your course work by DECEMBER 1.  For the June exams, you should be 50% or more by May 1.  Around these dates, your teacher and I will ask you to put in your request for EBUS to find a school, near to where you live, where you will write the exam.  EBUS will set up the exam location, and provide you an email with all of the info you will need for the arrangements.  In the meantime, you will need to complete the course work, as the expectation is that you will substantially complete your course work before you write the exam.

What if I can’t make my scheduled provincial exam for some reason?

No problemo!  But do give me a heads up so I can let the school know as they will be expecting you.  Missed exams are not counted against the student.

Ughhh…what if I fail the provincial exam?

Ultimately, you need to pass the COURSE, not necessarily the EXAM.  Your final grade in Language Arts is calculated with 60% coming from the course work and 40% from the exam.  When your final grade is calculated, it needs to be 50% or more.  If your overall grade is a failing grade, that mark does not show up on your transcript (only courses that are passed show up) and you can either re-write the provincial exam, or retake the course work to upgrade your learning and marks.

Where can I find the detailed provincial exam schedule?

Check out the schedule at provincial exam schedule

When do I sign up for my provincial exams?

You will be notified at the end of November and the end of April to sign up online.

What do I need for my provincial exam?

You will need your PEN number (found on your EBUS report cards, and it will be on your provincial exam email I will send you) along with picture id, like a student card or driver’s license.  If you need a student card, you can request one from EBUS by emailing Nancy

Easy peasy, right?

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me,

Chris

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