On Wednesday, March 27, hundreds of Grade 10, 11 and 12 students in Ontario wrote the province’s Secondary School Literacy Test, more commonly known as the OSSLT.
The OSSLT, scheduled by and administered through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) once each year (usually in March) is a standardized test that identifies students who have demonstrated the required skills in literacy for future schooling, work, and life. Students usually take the OSSLT in the school year following the school year in which they enter Grade 9 unless a deferral is granted by their school principal. English Language Learners are usually among those who might benefit from deferral.
All students in Ontario are required to meet the secondary school literacy graduation requirement in order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). To meet this requirement, students are expected to take and successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in Grade 10, 11 or 12.
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For all of our full-time students, arrangements are made for the writing of the OSSLT. Students who live within 100 km of our Markham office are required to come to our location to write the test on the designated date. Students who reside far from the school, outside of the province or outside of Canada, will be writing the OSSLT at their location with special proctoring arrangements made for them prior to the date of the test.
We offer the literacy course (OLC4O) year-round in our Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semester to students who are eligible, that is students who have received a failing result in the OSSLT. The course has the following units of study:
OLC4O has a course cumulative project (e-portfolio) worth 10% and a final exam worth 20% of the final grade calculation. The final exam can be written in our Markham office or online through Proctor U.
If you are a Grade 12 student who has written the OSSLT recently and know that you will be failing the test, contact us today for registration.