Provincial Examinations

Grade 12 Provincial Examination Specifications

Principles of Mathematics 12

2010/11 Exam Specifications - Effective September 2010 through August 2011.


  • There are no changes for 2010/2011.


  • The Table of Specifications (PDF, 33KB) shows teachers and students how the Principles of Mathematics 12 curriculum will be tested on the provincial examinations. The Table of Specifications provides percentage weightings for each of the curriculum organizers and the relative weighting of each cognitive level.

    A detailed description of each curriculum organizer will be found in the Prescribed Learning Outcomes section of the Principles of Mathematics 10 to 12: Integrated Resource Package 2006 (PDF, 55KB)

It is expected that there will be a difference between school marks and provincial examination marks for individual students. Some students perform better on classroom assessments and others on provincial examinations. School assessments measure performance on all curricular outcomes, whereas provincial examinations may only evaluate performance on a sample of these outcomes.

The provincial examination represents 40% of the student’s final letter grade and the classroom mark represents 60%.

  • Description of the Provincial Examination (PDF, 40KB) provides a description of the examination.
  • Cognitive Levels (PDF, 30KB) provide a description of what each cognitive level means.
  • Curriculum Connections (PDF, 96KB) provide a list of the examinable Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs). The prescribed learning outcomes for Principles of Mathematics 12 have been coded for ease of reference for those compiling provincial examinations. Note that the intent of some of the PLOs has been clarified for the purpose of preparing items for the provincial examinations.
  • Student Reference (PDF, 58KB) provides a list of identities and formulae included as a reference for students in the Principles of Mathematics 12 Provincial examination.
  • The use of a calculator is required to answer some of the questions on the exam. Other than the approved type of calculator, students are not allowed to use any other electronic device.


  • Sample Questions (PDF, 3.38MB) and Sample Answer Key (PDF, 247KB) show a range of questions for the provincially examinable PLOs. The sample questions are intended to represent the PLOs and are not an exhaustive list of all possible examination questions.
  • Sample and Released Examinations show the format of an examination and the balance of questions across the curriculum organizers.

Please note that the 2010/11 exams will follow the content and the format of the Sample Examination for 2007/08. Older exams posted on our website are for reference only and are not necessarily representative of the exams for the 2010/11 school year.