Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
Posted on 11/17/2021

November 16, 2021

Re: Upcoming EQAO Assessment 2021–2022

Dear JMSS grade 11 students, parents and guardians:

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. This year, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will be offering the computer-based online OSSLT to eligible students across the province. Successful completion of this literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 

The OSSLT online test comprises two sessions (Session A (9:15 am to 10:15 am) and Session B (10:30 am to 11:30am) containing a total of 33 questions: 31 multiple-select questions (e.g., multiple-choice, drag and drop, drop-down menu, checklist, text selection) and two constructed open-response questions). Between November 22 and November 25, eligible JMSS grade 11 students who are learning in-person will be taking part in the OSSLT.

Each session (A & B)is designed to be completed in 60 minutes, and students will complete each session in one sitting, one the date indicated below. Additional time can be provided for any students who require it. After completing both sessions, students will be presented with a questionnaire that asks them about their experiences, attitudes and perceptions with respect to literacy.

Results will be released after the open-response questions have been scored. An Individual Student Report will be generated for each student after the scoring of the assessment.

Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the online test and its platform through EQAO’s online practice test.

For more information about EQAO and to view the full practice test, you are encouraged to visit EQAO’s website www.eqao.com.

Erin O’Grady

Principal - John McCrae Secondary School

OSSLT schedule by class

Click here for "The Guide to Preparing for the OSSLT"

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