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Approved Materials for Part A Diploma Exams

For English Language Arts 30–1 and 30–2

For Part A Diploma Exams only, all students may use a print dictionary, a thesaurus and an authorized writing handbook.

  • A Canadian Writer’s Guide (J. Finnbogason and A. Valleau), second edition (only)
  • A Canadian Writer’s Reference (D. Hacker)
  • Checkmate: A Writing Reference for Canadians (J. Buckley)
  • English Language Arts Handbook for Secondary Students (Alberta Education)
  • Fit to Print: The Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing (J. Buckley)
  • The St. Martin’s Handbook for Canadians (Andrea Lunsford, Robert Connors, and Judy Z. Segal)
  • The Writing Process (Quentin L. Gehle and Duncan J. Rollo)

Social Studies 30–1 and 30–2

For Part A Diploma Exams only, all students may use a print dictionary, a thesaurus, and an authorized writing handbook. Any dictionary, thesaurus, writing handbook, or book of verb forms/tenses used must not contain appendices that include Social Studies content (e.g., historical time-lines, structure of the Government of Canada, Canada’s court system, structure of international organizations such as the UN or NATO, etc). The list of writing handbooks authorized are limited to the following:

  • Checkmate: A Writing Reference for Canadians (J. Buckley)
  • English Language Arts Handbook for Secondary Students (Alberta Education)
  • Fit to Print: The Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing (J. Buckley)
  • The St. Martin’s Handbook for Canadians (Andrea Lunsford, Robert Connors, and Judy Z. Segal)
  • The Writing Process (Quentin L. Gehle and Duncan J. Rollo)

The following dictionaries are also appropriate for use when writing Part A of all Social Studies Diploma Exams:

  • Collins Paperback English Dictionary
  • Gage Canadian Dictionary
  • Merriam-Webster’s School Dictionary
  • The Canadian Oxford High School Dictionary
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary
  • The Houghton Mifflin Canadian Dictionary of the English Language
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Current English

Please Note

This information is subject to change by Alberta Education at any time. Please refer to Diploma Exam Administration (Alberta Education).

 

 

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