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The minimum requirements for a student to attain an Alberta high school diploma include English Language Arts 30 level (30-1 or 30-2).
  • Students choosing 10-2 follow the 20-2 and 30-2 course stream through Grade 11 and Grade 12.
    *This course stream is ideal for students entering trades or the work force immediately after high school as well as for those students considering post-secondary studies at institutions offering two- and three-year diploma programs.

  • Students choosing 10-1 follow the 20-1 and 30-1 course stream through Grade 11 and Grade 12.
    *This stream is ideal for students considering post-secondary studies in most colleges and universities.

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) stream is designed for students who love reading. AP English students write the same final exams as the “-1” students with the additions of the AP English Language exam (in May of Grade 11) and the AP English Literature exam (May of Grade 12).
It is possible to switch between streams. Students who score 45% or higher in English 10-1 may cross into English 20-2. The same rule applies for students switching from English 20-1 to English 30-2. Students can cross into different streams after successful completion of the same grade level e.g. 30-2 to 30-1 without needing to complete 20-1. Students may switch into Advanced Placement with teacher and/or department head consultation.

Blended English 30: This full year course is for students currently taking English 20-1 who would like to complete English 30-1 but feel they could use more time. From September to November students take a condensed version of English 30-2 and write the English 30-2 Diploma Exam in November. From November to June they take the full English 30-1 course with approximately 50% more time to develop skills/complete units and write the English 30-1 Diploma Exam in June. Students must be pre-approved to take this course.

ALWAYS check information with the post-secondary institution and the program of your choice. Pre-requisites vary by institution and institutions occasionally review and change entrance requirements.


AP English Language and Literature Exam

Students who are taking English 20-1AP will be writing the Advanced Placement College Board English Language exam in May in their Grade 11 year. There is an excellent web page that offers student exemplars and the actual test questions from previous years.  You can also find information for the AP Literature exam that students write in May of their Grade 12 year.
English 20-1AP Language Exam
English 30-1AP Literature Exam
English 20-1AP
English 30-1AP
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