All students working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are required to write the OSSLT in Grade 10. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement. If you are not successful you can write the test again or take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course.
About the test All grade 10 students (and second time writers) will write the literacy test on Thursday March 26 @ 8:30 a.m. You must pass the test in order to graduate A 70% is required for a “pass” or Level 3 which is considered the provincial standard If you do not pass the test you can re-write the test or take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
About the test continued The OSSLT is a provincial test of literacy (reading and writing) skills students have acquired by Grade 10. It is based on the literacy skills expected in The Ontario Curriculum across all subject areas up to the end of Grade 9.
About the test continued The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) has reading and writing activities The questions can be: multiple choice, short writing tasks and long writing tasks You will also write a News Report and a Series of Paragraphs (an essay) There are two booklets Each booklet is 75 minutes long You will have a 15 minute break in between booklets We provide you with a drink and snack during the break!!
NEW LAYOUT for 2015 Each Booklet comes with a QUESTIONS book and a ANSWERS book You will record ALL your answers in the ANSWERS BOOKLET. Don’t write anything in the QUESTIONS book- it will not be marked! You have 75 minutes for Booklet 1 and then you will have a 15 minute break
*English Language Learner Students and Special Education students are entitled to extra time. The times for these students will be different.
What is on the test? Reading Selections Information Paragraph News Report Dialogue Real-life Narrative Graphic Text Types of Questions Multiple Choice Open Response (Six lines of writing)
What is on the test? Writing Selections Long Writing Tasks News Report (One page; a headline and photo will be given) Series of Paragraphs Expressing and Opinion (two pages, or 5 paragraphs). Example: Are famous people good role models for young people? Short Writing Tasks 6 lines of writing Multiple Choice Questions
Written Answers Write in Blue or Black ink. The lined space indicates the length of the writing expected. Write on every line. There is space for Rough Notes. Nothing you write in this space will be scored.
What to bring? 1. Pencil with an eraser (for Multiple Choice) 2. Black or Blue Pen or Pencil (for Written Answers) 3. Bottled water is permitted
What NOT to bring? 1. NO electronic devices (cell phone, ipod, etc.) 2. NO food or drink (only water) 3. NO dictionary or notes to help you with the test
CAUTION EQAO is an important assessment and ANY evidence of academic dishonest (cheating) is taken very seriously by the school and by the Ministry of Education EQAO looks for patterns of correct and incorrect answers- if your answers are very similar to another person it is possible that your results will be held back until an investigation is completed to determine if cheating occurred- don’t take any chances!
Results Your test is sent to the Ministry of Education’s EQAO office to be marked. Your result should be included in your June report card. Individual Student Report: “Successful or Unsuccessful”
Steps to Success 1. Read all the instructions carefully. 2. Underline key words so that you are clear on what is expected. 3. Answer all questions. 4. Stay on topic for written answers. 5. Write in complete sentences with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. 6. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t complete a question. Do your best and move on to another question.
You will not be allowed to ask any questions during the test.
Help Sessions Help sessions will be offered starting Tuesday March 10- March 25 in the Centennial Room during lunch and afterschool. Come and ask questions, have teachers review your practice answers... Etc.
TEST DAY Know your room location Your room location will be on a personalized letter you will receive tomorrow Test room locations will also be posted on the Literacy Board in front of the library. Arrive to school by 8:00 am. Bring a pencil and pen. No white-out. Use the time provided. You cannot leave early. Review your answers if time permits. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat breakfast.