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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – General information 


Eligible students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test on

Tuesday April 10, 2018.


Only students writing the test should attend school on this day. If your child is writing the test this year, they will receive a letter providing them with further details about the test.


Students write the OSSLT in grade 10. If students are not successful on their first attempt they will be given an opportunity to re-write the test in grade 11.  Students who are not successful on a second attempt are encouraged to take the Grade 12 Literacy Course. Either successful completion of the test or the course is required for graduation.

  • The OSSTL measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of grade 9.
  • All students can also practice for the literacy test online at www.eqao.com

Common Questions and Answers about the OSSLT 

Click on this link Q and A about the OSSLT to read about common questions (and answers) about the OSSLT:


'Be Informed, Be Ready' - Getting Ready Guide for Students

Getting Ready Guide for Students


OSSLT Student Assessment and Scoring Guides from previous years

EQAO releases examples of actual questions from its previous test booklets to help students, parents and educators get familiar with the format of the test and the type of questions asked. EQAO provides scoring guides and sample student responses to show how the tests are scored and what student responses at each score code look like. The last five years of released test materials are available.


What Can You do to Help Your Child Succeed?

There is a wealth of resources on the Internet that can help both you and your child better understand why they need to take this test, and how to prepare for the test day.  Below are a few, select links that can provide more information about the test, and some great examples of exactly what to expect on test day.


Visit the following EQAO links for sample test and scoring materials:     

EQAO Parent Information

EQAO Student Information


For more information

Click on the link below to visit the Parents' section of the EQAO website:



Videos and Web links about the OSSLT


Tips on How to Respond to Different Types of Questions

Check out the following YouTube clips that explain how to do different types of questions on the test:



About Ontario's Province-Wide Tests

Click on the link below to watch a video that describes how Ontario's province-wide assessments are linked to The Ontario Curriculum and how the results are used to help improve learning for all students:

Video: About Ontario's Province-Wide Assessments



OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) Preparation


How to Write a Series of Paragraphs (SOP)




How to Write A News Report



News Report Quotations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9ULgYbtW_0


Multiple Choice




Graphic Texts






Click here to link to our Literacy Test Primer.

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