Students who bring authorized materials into the examination room are responsible for ensuring that these materials are completely free of notes or other prohibited material. The following materials may be used during the administration of a diploma examination:

English Language Arts 30–1, English Language Arts 30–2

For Part A only, all students may use a print dictionary (English and/or bilingual), a thesaurus, and an authorized writing handbook. The following seven writing handbooks are authorized by Learner Assessment to be used for this purpose. With the exception of A Canadian Writer’s Guide, any edition of these texts is acceptable for use:

  • 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)

Français 30, French Language Arts 30–1

For Partie A only, all students may use a print dictionary (French and/or French-English bilingual), a French thesaurus, and/or a book of verb forms/tenses. Two additional resources are authorized by Learner Assessment for use during the administration of Partie A:

  • Avec brio: Guide pratique de communication (Gladys Jean)
  • Référentiel pour la révision de textes (Éditions L’artichaut)

Social Studies 30, Social Studies 33

For Part(ie) A only, all students may use a print dictionary (single language or bilingual), a thesaurus, and an authorized writing handbook. In addition, students writing in French may use a book of verb forms/tenses. 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 for student use while completing Part A of the English Language Arts 30–1 and English Language Arts 30–2 examinations meet these conditions and may be used when writing a Social Studies diploma exam, with two exceptions. Students writing Part(ie) of the Social Studies 30 and Social Studies 33 examinations may not use A Canadian Writer’s Guide (J. Finnbogason and A. Valleau) or the first edition of A Canadian Writer’s Reference (D. Hacker). The following dictionaries are also appropriate for use when writing Part(ie) A of the Social Studies 30 and Social Studies 33 examinations:

  • Collins Paperback English Dictionary
  • Collins-Robert Paperback French Dictionary Gage Canadian Dictionary
  • Harper-Collins French Dictionary (French-English)
  • Le Petit Robert
  • 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

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Materials Allowed

Students who bring authorized materials into the examination room are responsible for ensuring that these materials are completely free of notes or other prohibited material. The following materials may be used during the administration of a diploma examination:

English Language Arts 30–1, English Language Arts 30–2

For Part A only, all students may use a print dictionary (English and/or bilingual), a thesaurus, and an authorized writing handbook. The following seven writing handbooks are authorized by Learner Assessment to be used for this purpose. With the exception of A Canadian Writer’s Guide, any edition of these texts is acceptable for use:

  • 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)

Français 30, French Language Arts 30–1

For Partie A only, all students may use a print dictionary (French and/or French-English bilingual), a French thesaurus, and/or a book of verb forms/tenses. Two additional resources are authorized by Learner Assessment for use during the administration of Partie A:

  • Avec brio: Guide pratique de communication (Gladys Jean)
  • Référentiel pour la révision de textes (Éditions L’artichaut)

Social Studies 30, Social Studies 33

For Part(ie) A only, all students may use a print dictionary (single language or bilingual), a thesaurus, and an authorized writing handbook. In addition, students writing in French may use a book of verb forms/tenses. 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 for student use while completing Part A of the English Language Arts 30–1 and English Language Arts 30–2 examinations meet these conditions and may be used when writing a Social Studies diploma exam, with two exceptions. Students writing Part(ie) of the Social Studies 30 and Social Studies 33 examinations may not use A Canadian Writer’s Guide (J. Finnbogason and A. Valleau) or the first edition of A Canadian Writer’s Reference (D. Hacker). The following dictionaries are also appropriate for use when writing Part(ie) A of the Social Studies 30 and Social Studies 33 examinations:

  • Collins Paperback English Dictionary
  • Collins-Robert Paperback French Dictionary Gage Canadian Dictionary
  • Harper-Collins French Dictionary (French-English)
  • Le Petit Robert
  • 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

Calculator Policy

Click here to view Alberta Education's calculator policy.