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Downloadable Templates and Worksheets

Downloadable Templates and Worksheets for University Transfer (UT) Courses

Most UT courses will ask you to write an essay where you are taking a position/making an argument for or against something.

These PDF fill-in documents are designed to help you with the early stages of getting your essays started. Short essays are typically 3-4 pages, extended essays are 5+ pages, not including your References, Works Cited or Bibliography.

Not sure which worksheet is right? The first person to ask is your instructor!

Which style you use will depend on your subject matter and your personal writing style. For help selecting the right style, book an appointment with an Academic Writing and Humanities Specialist.

No matter what style of essay you are writing, remember to cite all your sources. See Citation Style Workshops on Canvas for help.

EAP Downloadable Templates and Worksheets

Downloadable Templates and Worksheets for English for Academic Purposes Courses

These resources were designed with EAP English courses in mind. The PDF fill-in documents can help you with the early stages of getting your essays started. Short essays are typically 3-4 pages, not including your Works Cited.

Before you use any of these PDF fill-in forms, check with your instructor so that you are using the appropriate worksheet.

Citation Workshops

As one of the requirements for some courses at Alexander College, students may have to officially complete a Citations Workshop. The workshop is designed for self-study, and the Exit Quiz will determine if you pass.

If you need to pass the citations workshop, your instructor must add the citation module to their Canvas course page. Access the Exit Quiz from your Canvas course page directly—only do so when you’ve studied. Complete this before the deadline!

Even if it’s not part of your course requirement, we still recommend checking out the Citations Workshop course, as learning how to properly cite sources for assignments, papers and general projects can help you avoid getting into trouble for plagiarism.

How to prepare for Exit Quiz

Download a citations style guide from the Canvas course page or from the Writing & Learning Centre webpage. Study the PowerPoints and take the Practice Quizzes. A humanities tutor from the WLC will be coming into your class to give an Introduction to Citations Session. This session will cover the basics of citations and answer any questions you may have about the testing process.

Citations Workshop

The Exit Quiz is open book – this means you can use your style guide to help you!

When you’re ready, take the Exit Quiz. The Exit Quiz is split into three parts and cover each different aspects of citations. You have 3 attempts to pass the Exit Quiz.

Please make sure you’ve studied on your own before trying it!

Again, make sure you pass your test before the deadline. Each term will have a different deadline. To find out when the deadline is, check the date marked in the Exit Quiz.

Citations Workshop

What if I failed all 3 attempts?

That’s ok, as long as it’s before the deadline. Sign up for a Citations Test Review with the Writing & Learning Centre. To book a spot, go to schedule 05. ONLINE Citations Test Review. Starting from Fall 2020, please DO NOT book an individual appointment for a review!

With a small group of other students, you will meet with one of our Humanities specialists and have the opportunity to ask questions and go over different citation scenarios. At the end of the session, you will be signed up for the WLC’s retest module.

Citations Workshop

The WLC can get very, very busy close to the deadline. Be smart and book your appointment early!

How will I know if I have passed the Exit Quiz?

You must pass all three parts to pass, and passing grades are listed below:
7 out of 9
8 out of 10
9 out of 11
10 out of 12

If you have taken the quiz via your course’s Canvas, your instructor can see your results. You don’t need a report from the WLC.

If you have taken the test from the retest module, and have passed all 3 parts, you will be issued a report from the WLC.

Please note, during busy periods right before the deadline, you may have to wait a few business days to receive a report. To avoid this delay, take the test early!

What happens if I missed the deadline or didn’t manage to pass the Exit Quiz by then?

If you have missed the deadline, your test will be considered a fail. You will have to speak with your instructor to see if they can make alternate arrangements with you.
The WLC can’t make exceptions for you and their deadline is firm.

What if I already passed the test last term?

If you’ve already taken a paper test in previous terms, please speak with your instructor to see if they will accept the results.

Please note that if you have taken a paper test for APA 6th Edition (before Winter 2020), the results are no longer accepted as APA has been updated to the 7th Edition.
We have made some modifications to the citations style guides and the questions. The new online Exit Quiz will take less than an hour, so we encourage you to try it!

Here is a flowchart that sums up Citation testing process

Citations Workshop

Questions? Contact the WLC!

Please contact us:
Phone: (604) 435-5815 (Press 4)
Email: writingcentre@alexandercollege.ca

Citation Style Guides

Our newly revised citation style guides have been updated and re-organized to make them easier to use. Want to know what an ‘APA’, ‘CMS’, or ‘MLA’ style paper looks like? These sample papers were written by an Alexander College student (we changed the name to protect the author’s identity). It’s the same essay in each example, but the citation style has been changed.

AAA Citation Style Guide
APA Citation Style Guide

CMS (Chicago) Citation Style Guides

MLA Citation Style Guides