Ontario Secondary Student Literacy Test – Prep

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 

On APRIL 28th, 2022, all eligible Grade 10s and any Grade 11s who have not yet successfully completed the assessment, will be sitting for the OSSLT.

During our Daily Morning Announcements, Mrs. Orlando invested 4 days to review with all Grade 10s some key components of the OSSLT. Students are encouraged to review the videos below as they prepare for April 28th. In addition, students can access an OSSLT Learning Module on their D2L Brightspace accounts (https://hcdsb.elearningontario.ca/d2l/home/21161679). Finally, all in-person students were given an opportunity to practice their literacy skills on a sample OSSLT using the Chromebooks they will be logging into on April 28th. For virtual students, please see a sample OSSLT on the EQAO website (https://d1c1qqn86e6v14.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/osslt-assessment).

To review an OSSLT “Crash Course”, please review this resource: ACE the TEST!

If you have any questions, please connect with Mr. Brophy (Vice Principal).


Introduction to the OSSLT

Learning About Multiple Choice

Learning About Open Responses

Learning About Opinion Essays


More information will be shared to students and families in the coming weeks. Here are some key points:

  • Successful completion of the OSSLT is a requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
  • The OSSLT is a computer-based assessment comprised of two 60-minute sessions.
  • During the week of April 4th-April 8th, writing students will have an information session to learn about the OSSLT and the test format.
  • Between April 11th-April 14th, writing students will have an opportunity to complete a practice assessment of the OSSLT. A sample of the test can be found here.
  • Grade 10 students will be writing with their Period One cohorts.
  • Grade 11 students that did not write or were not successful on the fall sitting of the OSSLT will be contacted by the Guidance Department to schedule to their rewrite or sign up for the Ontario Literacy Course (OLC).
  • The OSSLT can only be written in-person.  Virtual Grade 10s and 11s are invited to write in-person. The Guidance Department will connect with those virtual students to prepare for the assessment – more information to come.
  • All writing students will complete the OSSLT on a school issued device.
  • On APRIL 28th, only OSSLT writers will be in-person and attending on-site at Corpus Christi.  All classes will be delivered virtually and asynchronously – those not writing the OSSLT will be accessing their learning from home.
  • Transportation for OSSLT writers is still running on April 28th. Students taking school transportation home will be supervised after the OSSLT and those students are expected to continue with their learning through the asynchronous materials posted to their virtual classrooms.
  • Accommodations will be made for English Language Learners and for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
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