Skip to Main Content

Literacy Test (OSSLT) @ Ross


2021 – 2022 Literacy Test @JFR Information

Updated January 2022

  1. All grade 10, 11, and non-graduating grade 12 studenets are required to write the OSSLT.
  2. Semester 1 English students have already completed the test. Congratulations!
  3. The test will be written in your English class between March 23 and May 18, 2022
  4. No information has been provided from EQAO or the Ministry of Education about what will happen to the OSSLT if classes remain online in semester two.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

School Year: 2021–2022

We are pleased to support planning by sharing tentative assessment administration dates for the 2021–2022 school year. Please note that these dates may vary slightly as the agency continues to respond to Ministry of Education and public health directives.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

  • Wednesday, October 13, to Wednesday, December 1, 2021, with individual student results reported by the end of January 2022.
  • Wednesday, March 23, to Wednesday, May 18, 2022, with individual student results reported by the end of June 2022.

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics

  • Friday, October 1, 2021, to Friday, June 24, 2022 
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.

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