EQAO - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

What is the Literacy Test?

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a province-wide test that will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  The test is usually taken by students in Grade 10 or its equivalent (ESL E), and measures whether or not they 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 students must meet to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 

What's on the test?
The test is composed of reading selections with multiple-choice and open-response items, writing prompts with multiple choice writing items. The test is administered in one day in two 75-minute blocks. Individual accommodations can be provided to students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Also, special provisions and extra time are available to students new to English (ESL and former ESL students, as long as you did ESL in high school).


Check out the PowerPoint below for more detail about the test.

osslt presentation 2018 final by api-268796238


Check out material from previous tests by clicking on the button below. There is a lot of material you can practice with, and then check the answers underneath! You'll also find plus some extra material about how to do specific tasks. 

Please note: As of last year, there is a brand new format for the Literacy Test. There are separate reading and writing booklets. Check out the sample booklets and actual booklet from 2015 when you press the button below.

OSSLT Resources

Check out some of the useful links for the sites below:

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Preparation, Thames Valley District School Board

This is a comprehensive site with lots of great ideas for how to succeed. Just click on the tabs to see different activities. 


Check this out! Some awesome ideas for how to succeed on the OSSLT. :)

10 Tips for the OSSLT! A video from the Governor Simcoe Literacy Committee. (Niagara DSB)