Reminder: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is on Thursday, March 26!

posted Mar 24, 2015, 6:04 AM by Karen Handley

Mock Sitting and the New Test Format
All students writing the OSSLT on Thursday, March 26 participated in a "mock sitting" today during period 2 to help familiarize them with the set-up for the test. Students were also shown the new test booklet format. Please use the following links to check out the new test format:

Letter Sent Home

An individualized copy of the following letter was distributed today in homeroom. It outlines the schedule of the test day, as well as providing other helpful hints for preparing for the test.

Looking for Preparation Activities?

If you're looking for prep. activities, check out these resources:

1. Read, Write, Rock!

Read, Write, Rock! is a free educational video game for grades 9-12. The game encourages students to develop and practice their literacy skills, while participating as part of a virtual rock band. Read, Write, Rock! was developed by five English teachers in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board with funding from The Ontario Ministry of Education`s Teacher Leadership and Learning Program.

To access Read, Write, Rock!, go to

2. The EQAO website

  1. Go to and select English.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, select “Student Resources” or “Parent Resources”.
  3. Scroll down the page to select “Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test”.
  4. A variety of support materials will be listed, including the “Getting Ready Guide”, “Planning and Preparation Guide” and “Sample Test Materials” which include test questions with sample student answers and an example test booklet. 
  5. The Parent Resources also include suggestions on how parents can help their children prepare for the test.