EQAO/OSSLT Information

EQAO assesses how well Ontario’s public education system is developing students’ reading, writing and math skills. EQAO provides reliable and useful information that is used to help improve student achievement and ensure the accountability of school boards.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test - 2021/2022

This year the OSSLT will be administered in both a fall and spring session.

Grade 11's will have the opportunity to write in the fall while grade 10's will write in the spring. Any grade 11 student that was not successful in the fall may attempt the test again in the spring session.

All grade 12s on track to graduate have been exempt by the Ministry of Education.

The fall session will be written between November 3 to December 1, 2021.

Students will receive communication from their period 1 teachers about the date, time and location of the test for their class.

Students who have a period 1 spare should contact Mrs. Christina Williams williamsch@hdsb.ca for more information.

Below is a list of resources for students to access in preparation for the test:

Literacy Lessons

OSSLT Practice Test

Student Tips Sheet

Slideshow-Preparing and Supporting Students for the OSSLT

For further inquiries please contact Christina Williams, Literacy Lead at williamsch@hdsb.ca or Andrea Dailey, Vice-Principal at daileya@hdsb.ca.

Message sent October 7, 2021:

Upcoming EQAO/OSSLT Assessment

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects. This year, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is employing a computer-based online OSSLT to eligible students across the province. Successful completion of this literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (a requirement for graduation).

Students in grade 10 or 11, or a grade 12 student who does not plan to graduate in June 2022, are currently eligible to complete the OSSLT. Eligible senior students (grade 11/12) will write the Literacy Test in semester one. Students in grade 10 will write the Literacy Test in semester two. For grade 11 or 12 students who are not successful in semester one, an opportunity will be given for them to write the test again in semester two. The assessment must be completed in person.

Senior students will be writing the test during their period one class in November, 2021. Once we have a specific schedule we will share this with students. Please note that students in grade 12 not planning to graduate in June 2022, as well as grade 11 students who do not have a grade 11 class during the scheduled dates/times above will be contacted to schedule an opportunity to participate in the writing of the OSSLT. Once again, the sitting for grade 10 students will take place in Spring 2022.

Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the online test and its platform through EQAO’s online practice test. For more information about EQAO and to view the full practice test, you are encouraged to visit EQAO’s website www.eqao.com. There will be an opportunity in class for students to become familiar with the actual look and feel of the test, including learning how to use the helpful tools that are now available.

Students will complete the assessment in two sessions (Session A and Session B). Each session is designed to be completed in 60 minutes, and students will complete both sessions in one sitting. Additional time can be provided for any students who require it. After completing both sessions, students will also be presented with a questionnaire that asks them about their experiences, attitudes and perceptions with respect to literacy.

Individual student results from the Fall sitting will be reported by the end of January 2022. An Individual Student Report will be generated for students after the scoring of the assessment.

For more information about EQAO and to view a full practice test, you are encouraged to visit EQAO’s website.


Andrea Dailey
Vice Principal

Christina Williams
Nelson Literacy Lead