Transcript OSSLT

The OSSLT is a provincial test of the reading and writing skills students have acquired by Grade 10. It is based on the reading and writing skills expected in

The Ontario Curriculum

across all subject areas up to the end of Grade 9.

O VERVIEW  Test Date:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 Test Materials :  Two test booklets –  Reading and writing tasks in both booklets One Student Answer Sheet  Duration:  Each booklet takes 1¼ hours –  Total test time: 2½ hours Extended time for Spec Ed and ESL is 5 hours (double per booklet)  Student Questionnaire:  Questions at the end of the test about you, your computer use, and your reading and writing habits  Not marked, but answer honestly and respectfully


 Test set by EQAO  Education Quality and Accountability Office  Your OSSLT is evaluated by teachers    Teachers are assigned ONE question to mark for the duration of the marking period (about 6 days) Each question is marked by at least 2 teachers Teachers are fully trained & become experts on responses  Students are not identified by name or by school  You must be successful in order to receive an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma)   You need a mark of 300 to pass the OSSLT No record of number of attempts  Results:  Successful OR Unsuccessful (tell you where you need to improve)

A total of FIVE selections found in both test booklets.

 2 Informational Texts (225 to 250 words) ◦ Includes a single paragraph ◦ and a news report  Presents ideas and information on a topic

 ◦ ◦ 2 Narrative Texts Includes a dialogue or conversation (225 to 250 words) and a real life account (about 600 words)

 ◦ 1 Graphical Text (fewer than 150 words) May be a diagram, photograph, drawing, sketch, pattern, timetable, map, chart or table  Presents ideas and information visually but will include fewer than 150 words

T YPES OF Q UESTIONS Read each question fully and carefully.

 Multiple Choice – 5 potential marks each  Accompanies each reading text   Each question has four options Students select the best or most correct answer  Answer each question - NO blanks!!!

T YPES OF Q UESTIONS Read each question fully and carefully.

 Open Response – 30 potential marks each   Accompanies the information paragraph, news report and dialogue Responses are based on the reading selection (HINT! Use the

question in your answer)

 Use the space provided as a guide to length (six lines – usually requires 4 sentences)   Answer each question – NO blanks!!!

Write legibly or your answer will not receive marks

State a main idea of this selection and provide one specific detail from the selection that supports it.

SIX types of writing tasks and questions:    Long writing tasks – 100 potential marks each › News report (1 page) › Series of paragraphs supporting an opinion (2 pages) Short writing tasks – 50 potential marks each › Six lines each, based on a prompt or question (unrelated to any reading selections) Multiple-choice – 5 potential marks each › Organization of ideas › › Sentence and paragraph structure Language conventions: capitalization and punctuation  Answer each question – NO blanks!!!

 Write legibly or your answer will not receive marks

Writing a Series of Paragraphs Supporting an Opinion

Task: Give an opinion on a topic in a minimum of 3 paragraphs

Writing the News Report

Task: To inform readers of a newspaper about an event

Write using your knowledge & personal experiences.

 Semester 1: Write the Mock Literacy Test in class! Get experience using former test materials.

 Semester 2: Try a practice test @

under Student Resources and look at the Scoring Materials to check your answers