Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – 2022-2023 school year

For the 2022-2023 academic year, the EQAO will host the online OSSLT (literacy test) during the following two periods:

  • FALL – November 2, 2022 to December 7, 2022, with individual student results reported by the end of January 2023.
  • SPRING – March 1, 2023 to April 26, 2023, with individual student results reported by mid-June 2023.

The OSSLT @ St. Mary’s HS for the 2022-2023 school year

  • FALL – grade 11 and some grade 12 students:  in small groups, over a number of weeks
  • FALL – grade 10 students: will not write during the Fall
  • SPRING – grade 10, grade 11 and grade 12 students – most students will write on:  Wednesday, April 19, 2023,
    note:  some
    students will write in small groups in the weeks prior to Apr. 19th
  • All students expected to write the OSSLT in the Spring will receive a letter in their homeroom class on Monday, March 27th
    These letters will include the student’s date and location (room #) for writing the OSSLT
  • Students with questions are encouraged to come to Room 235 at lunch, before school, after school, during a spare period, or between classes.
  • SPRING – only students who are writing the OSSLT on April 19th are to attend school that day.

Who Writes the OSSLT / Who is Deferred?

  • Students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating Grade 12 students, working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) will write the OSSLT.
  • Students who have an IEP may write the test with the accommodations (e.g. extra time, assistive technology, breaks, prompts) listed in their IEP.
  • Students not working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) are exempt from writing the test.
  • Framework Document (from the EQAO) for the OSSLTclick here

Important Links

  • Practice (online OSSLT) Test – from the EQAO – click here
  • Format of the OSSLT – click here
  • Reading & Writing strategies, Multiple Select & Multiple Choice strategies, Things to Bring on test day, Things to Know for test day – click here
  • Tips: Reading Newspaper Articles, Information Paragraphs, and Real Life Narrativesclick here
  • Tips: Reading Dialogues, Answering Multiple Selection questions, Writing the Opinion Essayclick here
  • Tips: completing the OSSLT – click here
  • Info & built-in Tools for completing OSSLT – click here
  • How to find my OEN (Ontario Education Number) – needed to complete the OSSLT – click here

Schedule – Apr 19, 2023
Note:  only students writing the OSSLT will attend school this day

***note:  exact times following 9:00 am may change

  • 9:00 – Morning Exercises & Announcements
  • 9:15 – begin Instruction and login
  • 9:20 – begin Session A
  • 10:20 – Session A is completed*
  • 10:20 – Break
  • 10:40 – Instructions and login, begin Session B
  • 11:40 – Session B is completed*
  • 11:40 – Questionnaire Survey
  • 12:15 & 12:30 – Yellow School Buses Depart
    *All students will have access to extra time if needed (20 – 30 minutes)
    **IEP students have access to double time if required

After School Help

  • semester 1 – start date – March 20th
  • schedule:  Mondays, Wednesdays  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Google Classroom for OSSLT Prep – classcode: 2mtvbmz
  • Room 235 (Student Success Room, computer lab, main floor, east end of building)
  • Tips, hints and strategies for the OSSLT.
  • Teachers – Mrs. K. Drummond, Mr. T. Paolo

Preparing / Practicing for the OSSLT – St. Mary’s HS


EQAO online practice (OSSLT) 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 introductorysession that allows students to become familiar with the new online platform’s tools and functions.



St. Mary’s HS – Printable PDF Files – to help you prepare for the OSSLT



YouTube Videos – presentations with reading and writing strategies for the OSSLT



Slideshows / PowerPoint Presentations  – to help you prepare for the OSSLT