Hand, Head, and Heart

If you can figure out what the OSSLT is trying to get you to say, then it's a lot easier to answer the questions!

Hand, Head, and Heart questions are three categories of question that you'll see on the OSSLT (and in your regular classes).

Once you learn to recognize these kinds of questions, you'll be able to figure out what kind of information the question is looking for. Once you know that, all you have to do is write out the answer!

Hand, Head, and Heart - Intro

Hand Questions

Hand questions are looking for explicitly stated information. The answers will be stated directly in the text.

You should be able to take your hand and 'point to' the answer

Head Questions

Head questions are looking for implicitly stated information. Some of the answer might be in the text, but not all of it.

You need to read between the lines and use your own ideas/logic to come up with the full answer

Heart Questions

Heart questions are looking for you to make a connection between the test/what you read and your own opinions or experience

You need to give your own opinion about a topic