About the test All grade 10 students (and second time writers) will write the literacy test on March 27 You must pass the test in order to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma If you do not pass the test you can re-write the test or take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course Our goal is to prepare you well so that you will be successful on your first try- you need to take this seriously!
About the test continued The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) has reading and writing activities There are two booklets; you get a break in between The questions can be: multiple choice, short writing tasks and long writing tasks You will also write a News Report and Series of Paragraphs (an essay)
Key Words You will be asked to compare, define, describe, determine, explain, identify... etc. In this lesson we will review what these key words mean It is very important that you read the questions on the literacy test carefully to be sure you are doing what is asked
Compare means……. To identify what is the same To explain the difference between two or more things TIP: Include examples that show how the things are similar or different in one or more important ways
Describe means… Use words to create a mental picture of what is being described for the reader TIP: The response must give the characteristics and key features of what is being described in an organized manner