Diploma Exam Preparation Strategies

Diploma Exam Preparation Strategies

  • Don’t cram the night before, space out your studying, and continually review class material.
  • Try to maintain a positive attitude and identify negative thoughts. Challenge those negative thoughts with facts, not fear! Instead of thinking, “I will fail.”
    • Try to say:
      • I know I can do this
      • Everyone experiences anxiety and stress during exam preparation
      • I can handle this
      • What is the worst that will happen?
  • Exercise, eat well, and try to get enough rest in the days before a test.
  • If you feel yourself getting anxious, take a few deep and slow breaths.
  • Read the questions slowly and carefully.
  • If you do not understand a question or answer, ask for help!
  • Write down any important facts, dates, names or other information on a scrap paper before you begin (Data Dump!)
  • If you can, answer the questions you know first. This will help build your confidence, and also ensure you get marks for those questions if you run out of time.
  • Eliminate the answers you know aren’t right.
  • Use information from previous questions to help answer others! You can find a lot of clues within the answers on multiple choice questions.
  • If you aren’t sure of an answer, flag it for review later. Maybe you will remember more information, or another question/answers will help jog your memory.


Diploma Exam Preparation: Social Studies 30 - Part A & B

Three Source Analysis

Reminders for Writing

  • Organize your response
  • Proofread your response
  • Written response should be organized as follows:

1st paragraph = interpret source 1, explain ideological its perspective, & discuss its links to principles of (source in question)

2nd paragraph = interpret source 2, explain ideological its perspective, & discuss its links to principles of (source in question)

3rd paragraph = interpret source 3, explain ideological its perspective, & discuss its links to principles of (source in question)

4th paragraph = identify and explain 1 or more of the relationships that exist among the three sources

Position Paper - Write an essay in which you:

  • Analyze the source and demonstrate an understanding of the ideological perspective reflected in the source
  • Establish and argue a position in response to the question presented
  • Support your position and arguments by using evidence from your knowledge and understanding of social studies 


Diploma Exam Preparation: English Language Arts 30

English Language Arts Diploma Exam - Part A

Written Exam:

1. Personal Response / Visual Response

            * what ideas and impressions are presented to you

            * come up with a theme word

            * connect personally to the story of choice


Critical: how is the theme presented in the image or text

Personal: how do you relate to the theme

Universal: moral OR lesson - why is the lesson important

2. Critical / Literary Essay

            * discuss how characters’ change

3. Persuasive Writing (30-2 Students Only)

            *firmly accept or reject the concept of your chosen writing

English Language Arts Diploma Exam - Part B


Strategies: The exam is designed for the written components to be read first, followed by answering the questions.

  1. READING:        

*Read first before answering the questions.

                        *Pieces are designed to make you think!

  1. Annotate:       

*Use a plot diagram to help sort your thoughts.

                        *Pick out three points.

                        *Highlight and number the supporting details.

                        *Read with the intention of finding the main idea.

  1. Drama/Play:

*Make a character map to help you find out how the characters relate to one another.

  1. Poems:

*How does the poem translate

*Use the acronym ‘SHPAMROD’ to assist you in identifying the style of poetry presented.