About the OSSLT

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) must be taken by most students in grade 10.  In this case, you must pass the test (a score of 300 or more) to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  If you are unsuccessful on the test you have the option to rewrite the following year or defer the test and take a course instead.  This course would cover all expectations on the OSSLT.  You must receive a passing grade in the course to receive your OSSD.  

The test is typically divided into two sections.  These sections are usually divided according to time needed rather than reading and writing.  For example, you may be asked to complete your long answer response in one section and your newspaper article in the other.  There are various reading and writing tasks mixed into both sections.  

You will be given two blocks of 75 minutes to complete the test.

The test consists of:                                                                     
    -2 booklets
    -1 answer key

You will be asked to read any of the following:
    -Informational (250 words)
        -Non-fiction paragraph
        -Think science text book, magazine article

    -News Report
        -Like in Barrie Examiner

    -Narrative or story
        -Dialogue (250 words)
        -Talking between people (like a scripted conversation)
        -Real life story (like a history text book) (600 words)

At stated above, you must earn a score of 300 or more to be successful.  Don't concern yourself with trying to figure out the scoring system.  Instead focus on using formulas to write out your responses.  


If you'd like to learn more about the test check out the EQAO website.  

Taking the Test

You will be asked to answer questions two different ways: 
    -multiple choice answer key
    -written responses in each booklet

It is recommended that you use a pencil for your multiple choice response in case your need to change an answer.  Bring along a white eraser as well.  Check out the Multiple Choice Questionssection of this site for more tips.  

For your written responses, be sure to write in the space given ONLY.  Anything that is written outside the lined spaces will not be considered.  That is why it is strongly recommended that you use the 'rough notes' sections to plan out your longer answers.  Check out the written response sections of this site for more strategies: