OSSLT 101: Key InfO
- The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a standardized assessment that all Ontario students have to successfully complete in order to graduate from high school.
- The OSSLT is designed to test your reading skills, writing skills, and your ability to follow instructions.
- It's main purpose is to assess if you've met the requirements for literacy (i.e. reading and writing) as they're set out in the Ontario curriculum.
- You write the OSSLT in grade 10
- The test takes place during two 75-minute sessions in one morning (with a short break in between sessions). Everybody in Ontario writes at the same time
- The test is scored out of 400 points and you need at least 300/400 to pass
- The OSSLT does not count towards any marks on your report card
- There are three general types of questions: multiple choice, short answer, and long answer.
OSSLT Breakdown: At a Glance
Types of Texts you'll Read:
- Informative texts
- Information paragraph
- News Report
- Dialogue/Narrative texts
- Real-life narrative
- Graphic texts
Types of Questions You'll Answer:
- Multiple-choice questions
- Short answer questions
- Reading-based questions (questions that are related to a text you just read)
- Open-response questions
- Long answer questions
- News Report
- Opinion Essay (Series of Paragraphs)
The chart below from EQAO's Planning and Preparation Guide shows exactly what kinds of things you'll have to read and write on the OSSLT:
Skills You'll Be Tested On
According to EQAO's Planning and Preparation Guide, these are the skills that the OSSLT is focusing on for reading and writing:
- Understanding explicitly (directly) stated ideas and information
- Understanding implicitly (indirectly) stated ideas and information
- Making connections between information and ideas in a reading selection
- Developing a main idea with specific supporting details
- Organizing information and ideas in a coherent manner
- Using conventions (syntax, spelling, grammar, punctuation) in a manner that does not distract from clear communication.