Administration and correction of ministerial examinations

Every year, the Ministère publishes an official timetable for the examination sessions. Educational institutions must fully respect this timetable. Educational institutions are responsible for administering the examinations and must provide the required premises and supervisory personnel. The Ministère provides the examination materials.

Examination sessions are slated for January, June and August of each year.

To be admitted to an examination set by the Minister, students must have been legally enrolled in a school, and must have taken the corresponding program or have received equivalent instruction at home following an exemption from school attendance.

Furthermore, an educational institution cannot refuse admission to an examination to a student on the grounds of too many absences or low marks.

Depending on the examination, the responsibility for correction is shared by the Ministère and the educational institutions according to the following procedures:

Secondary V French, language of instruction: centralized correction at the Ministère.

Mathematics, Secondary IV science and Secondary V French as a Second Language: the responsibility for correction is shared by the Ministère and the educational institutions. The multiple-choice part of these examinations is corrected by optical reader at the Ministère and the constructed-response part is corrected by the student’s teacher.

Other examinations, such as those for Secondary IV History and Citizenship Education and Secondary V English as a Second Language, are corrected entirely by the student’s teacher following a correction guide produced by the Ministère.