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Can ESLs use dictionary in IB exams?

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My IB coordinator told me that ESLs are allow to use dictionaries for exams except for A1 English exam.However, I didn't find anything about it online. I am suspicious, since we are the first IB group at my school.

Are dictionaries really allowed?

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http://xmltwo.ibo.org/publications/DP/Group0/d_0_dpyyy_vmx_0909_1/html/xmltwo.ibo.org/publications/DP/Group0/d_0_dpyyy_vmx_0909_1/pdf/section_i.pdf

11.8 Candidates may take to their desk/table the following items only:

- a translating dictionary for non-language examinations (the dictionary must not contain notes

of any kind and is only permitted if the response language of the examination is not the best

language of the candidate; an electronic dictionary is not permitted)

So if English isn't your first language and it isn't a language exam, then yes you can. So your IBC is right, you wouldn't be able to use one for your English A1 exam.

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