Provincial Examinations

About Provincial Examinations

Mandatory provincial examinations are written in several key subjects at the Grade 10, 11 and 12 levels. All SMUS students write their provincial examinations at the end of June (except those taking AP English, for which exams are written in January). For provincially examinable courses, the exam mark represents up to 40% of a student’s final grade.

Grade 10-12 Provincial Performance

  • In the five provincially mandated exams (English 10, Mathematics 10, Science 10, Socials 11 and English 12), SMUS averages were 11%, 11%, 10%, 5% and 12% higher, respectively, than the averages for all schools in BC.
  • In the same five exams, the overall SMUS examination average in 2016 was 12%, 5%, 7%. 5% and 16% higher than the average for BC independent schools.
  • On the three Grade 10 exams, 81% of SMUS students received an A or a B, compared to 51% of students at independent schools and 42% of students in provincial high schools.
  • All SMUS students received a passing mark in Science 10, Math 10 and Grade 11 Socials. The pass rate for English 10 was 98% and 97% for English 12, compared to 85% across all independent schools.

Percentage of Passing Marks (2012)

Subject SMUS  Independent Province
Gr. 10 English 98% 82% 89%
Gr. 10 Math 99% 92% 86%
Gr. 10 Science 100% 95% 92%
Gr. 11 Socials 100% 95% 92%
Gr. 12 English 97% 85% 80%