Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT): 2022-2023

The OSSLT 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 requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). All students across the province write this test.

After writing the test at least once, if a student is still unable to pass the test, he/she can take OLC4O1: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course in their Grade 11 or 12 year to meet the literacy graduation requirements for an OSSD.

Grade 11 and 12 students who were previously eligible and identified as needing to complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will have the opportunity to write on Wednesday November 23, 2022.

St. Mary Grade 10 students will write in Spring 2023.  


Preparing for the OSSLT

St. Mary will be holding free prep classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm in room 111 starting on Monday October 31st. 

Please compete the permission form and return to Guidance to enrol in the OSSLT Fall prep classes. Paper copies of the form can be picked up in Guidance. 

Practice Test

Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the online test and its platform through EQAO’s online practice test. The online practice test comprises two sessions, which include content from previous tests. The practice test is equivalent to the two sessions students will be completing during the live test. In addition, the practice test includes an introductory session that allows students to become familiar with the new online platform’s tools and functions

OSSLT Previously Eligible Grade 11 and 12 Students - Wednesday November 23

Test Day Schedule
9:30 - 9:45am In-class instruction to start the test
9:45am – 10:45am First session will be written

10:45am - 12:05pm

Those who need extra time will keep writing. Those who have submitted session one will work independently on class work.
12:10 - 12:50pm Lunch
12:55 - 1:10pm In-class instruction to start session 2

1:10 - 2:10pm

Second session will be written

2:10 - 3:30pm

Those who need extra time will keep writing. Those who have submitted session two will work independently on class work.

Students will be excused from their classes for the day, but the onus is on the student to collect and complete missed classwork.


Vice-Principal, Mr. Shawnn O'Connor (x56004) 
Vice-Principal, Ms. Julie Simon (x56005)

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