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Literacy Test (OSSLT) @ Ross

 

2022 – 2023 Literacy Test @JFR Information

Updated October 2022

  1. All grade 10 students are required to write the OSSLT. Students must complete the literacy requirement to graduate.
  2. Students will write the OSSLT in their English classes between Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 in semester 1 and March 1 – April 26 in semester 2.
  3. The newest version of the OSSLT is 100% digital. You will complete all sections online, on a school chrome book, over two separate 75 minute sessions.
  4. Practice materials are available from EQAO here. They are an excellent preview of the actual test!

Please direct any questions to Ms. Aalbers, head of literacy and Teacher-Librarian at John F. Ross: [email protected]

 

 

 

The following information is from the EQAO website about testing for the 2021-2022 school year:

“The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

The literacy graduation requirement has been restored beginning with students graduating in the 2022–2023 school year. Students graduating in 2022–2023 are required to meet the literacy graduation requirement. All students in Grades 10 and 11 and non-graduating students, including those who are learning remotely, must also work toward the literacy graduation requirement by participating in the OSSLT or completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC).

To provide maximum flexibility for students to acquire the literacy graduation requirement, particularly for students enrolled in remote learning, students can be enrolled in the OSSLC without having attempted the OSSLT in 2022–2023. As of the 2022–2023 school year, the eligibility criteria for the adjudication process for the literacy graduation requirement will revert to the policy outlined in Ontario Schools: Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 (pp. 65–66).

The administration of the OSSLT will take place from

  • Wednesday, November 2, to Wednesday, December 7, 2022, with individual student results reported by end of January 2023.
  • Wednesday, March 1, to Wednesday, April 26, 2023, with individual student results reported by mid-June 2023.”
Administration of the OSSLT

 

 

Information posted below relates to the pen and paper OSSLT, written prior to 2020. While formatting of the 2021-22 OSSLT remains reflective of the exercises listed below, be advised that the current test is written online. Practice materials for the online version are available here.

Practising for the Test

UGDSB Literacy Web Site – so many great resources here!

Literacy Slideshow from assembly on Oct. 23, 2019.

Acing the OSSLT – slideshow offering tips and info about data generated after mock test.

CLICK HERE for access to our online test prep site

Thanks to the St. Mary’s High School Student Success Team – Carol DeVrieze, David DiGiuseppe, Karen Drummond, Brandon Haynes and Jamie Rodrigue – for creating many of these materials and allowing us to use their work!

Practice Tests

practice test – booklet 1 – questions and answers
practice test – booklet 2 – questions and answers
practice test – booklet 1 – video feedback

practice test – booklet 2 – video feedback
practice test – booklet 1 – slideshow feedback
practice test – booklet 2 – slideshow feedback

Additional Practice Lessons at John F. Ross

 News Report – link to a Google doc
Opinion Essay – link to a Google doc
Short Answer Questions – link to a Google doc
Multiple Choice Questions – link to a Google doc

Remediation Resources

Still More Resources and Tips



Released OSSLT Materials

The following materials are sections of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test that have been released by EQAO to assist students in preparing for the literacy test. They are examples of the actual questions and tasks used in previous years.

Released OSSLT Materials – examples of actual questions from previous test booklets:

Accommodations and Deferrals

All Students: Extra Time
All students will be provided extra time to complete the test if it is needed.
ESL Students
ESL students write the test when they are ready, usually after they have completed ESL EO.
Students with IEPs
Students with IEPs are routinely provided with accommodations in classrooms, the resource room, and for evaluations, to allow them better access to the curriculum. The list below reflects accommodations that apply for the OSSLT that appear on some IEPs.

Exemptions
Only students who are not working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are exempt from writing the test.