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What is the OSSLT?

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, is a provincial assessment

which 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 graduation requirements to 

earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 

Please Note:

For the 2020-2021 school year the OSSLT has been cancelled. Cancellation of the 

OSSLT will NOT affect the eligibility of any member of the class of 2020-2021 to 


Letter from the Minister of Education

2020-2021 OSSLT Field Test

EQAO will be field testing the online OSSLT field test from March 2021 until May

2021. The field test will be available to students participating in in-person learning

and working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This will

allow the opportunity for students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating

Grade 12 students, to attempt the test and, if successful, have it counted on their


Because the Ministry of Education has waived the literacy graduation requirement 

for all students graduating during the 2020–2021 school year, graduating 

students do not need to take the OSSLT field test.

Please visit the EQAO website for resources and information Regarding the OSSLT​ by
clicking on the image above

Parent Information from Previous Administration of OSSLT



How to Prepare for the Test

The following test preparation materials are organized in a task-specific way. 

Students can prepare for the test by familiarizing themselves with the tasks that 

will be on the test.  Each section below contains tips, samples, scoring guides, 

and exemplars that can be used to practice for the OSSLT.


Reading Narrative Texts


Reading Information Texts


Reading Graphic Texts


Writing a News Report


Writing an Opinion Piece


Completing Short Writing Tasks