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The layout of student test booklets for 2015 has changed. Students will now record all of their responses—both multiple-choice and open-response—in a separate Answer Booklet. This change is necessary to support online scoring, which will start for all assessments in 2015 as part of the “EQAO Online” project to move the provincial assessment program online.
A complete sample test in the new booklet layout for 2014–2015 is available below.
Click the links below to access student assessment booklets containing actual questions from the assessments, and scoring guides containing examples of student answers taken from past years’ assessments.
This guide provides students with details about test content, instructions for doing the test and tips for doing well.
Getting Ready Guide [PDF] | Posted 01.22.15
This guide describes the reading and writing skills assessed and the kinds of questions; provides sample test materials and tips for preparing students prior to the test.
Planning and Preparation Guide [PDF] | Posted 01.22.15
This sample Individual Student Report shows how results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (2013–2014) are communicated to students.Sample Individual Student Report [PDF] | Posted 09.24.14
This guide describes the two EQAO tests Ontario students write in secondary school (available for download in 21 languages).
Students who wish to appeal their results on the 2014 OSSLT must contact their school’s principal, who will submit the request on their behalf.
* Requests on behalf of graduating students will continue to be accepted as well.
EQAO will notify principals of results directly.
This report provides an overview of the work of the agency, its evolution over the last 16 years and its influence on public education in Ontario.
EQAO: Ontario's Provincial Assessment Program—Its History and Influence [PDF] | Posted 06.27.13
This video highlights key responsibilities of Ontario educators concerning the proper administration of EQAO’s provincial tests. Full instructions are contained in the Administration and Accommodation Guides appropriate to each assessment.
Running time: 00:04:47 | Posted 03.22.11
This document describes how EQAO’s provincial tests, which gather information from every student at key stages of their education, contribute to public accountability and to the continuous improvement on the part of every student in Ontario’s publicly funded education system.
The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program [PDF] | Posted 02.29.12
This bulletin provides information on the content, development and scoring of the OSSLT, including information on the calculation of the scale score and how to interpret it.Information Bulletin [PDF] | Posted 07.11.11
The OSSLT assesses whether students have acquired the literacy (reading and writing) skills expected by The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. This document demonstrates the cross-curricular nature of the OSSLT by linking the literacy skills tested by the OSSLT to samples of overall and specific expectations in the Grades 7, 8 and 9 Ontario Curriculum policy documents.OSSLT Curriculum Connections [PDF] | Posted 07.06.11
EQAO is privileged to have gathered a number of stories from local school communities that exemplify the many successful learning environments in publicly funded schools across the province.
This video describes how Ontario’s province-wide assessments are linked to The Ontario Curriculum and how the results are used to help improve learning for all students.
Running time: 00:04:57 | Posted 09.15.10
This video presentation is designed to encourage parents and guardians to track their children’s literacy progress and talk with their children’s teachers about how best to provide the support that’s needed.
Running time: 00:03:10 | Posted 09.15.10
The document is designed to clarify the distinction between successful and unsuccessful performance on the OSSLT. This information will assist educators to help unsuccessful students understand what "getting better" at literacy looks like, to identify evidence that will help a student move from one category to another and to discuss areas for student improvement with parents.