OSSLT The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test What is the OSSLT? A provincial test of reading and writing skills A diploma requirement for graduation from high school When is the Literacy Test? Thursday March 27, 2014 - Be here!! The test begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Where is the test? In classrooms throughout the school and the library Check the lists posted in the Atrium for your name and test location If you have a question or problem, see Ms. Quinton ASAP Schedule/Structure 8:25 All students must be in their testing room 8:30 - 9:45 Booklet 1-75 minutes 9:45 – 10:00 Break -15 minutes 10:00 – 11:25 Booklet 2 - 75 minutes & Questionnaire – 10 minutes 11:30 Dismissed Note: Special Education and ESL students are entitled to double time. Break Your break will take place on the same floor as you are writing the OSSLT. Granola bars and juice will be provided. You will begin writing Booklet 2 promptly after 15 minutes. Don't be late. If you are writing in an ESL or Special Education room, you may bring your own lunch, if you wish. Your break will take place between Booklet One and Two. Punctuality It is very important that you arrive on time as teachers will be reading a script with special instructions. They will only give the instructions once. If you arrive late… You will be allowed to write Instructions will not be repeated No extra time will be given If you arrive after 10:00... You will be allowed to write only the second test booklet of the day This will greatly reduce your chances of passing! What to Bring Blue, black pens or HB pencils An eraser A highlighter Your teacher is not allowed to provide any assistance to you Cannot re-word questions Cannot review your work or make suggestions Cannot inform you whether you are on the right track or not Reading Selections Informational paragraph (225-250 words) News report (225-250 words) Real life narrative: an account of a significant time in an individual's life (about 600 words) Dialogue: conversation between two or more people (225-250 words) Reading Selections Graphic (fewer than150 words): includes diagrams, photographs, drawings, patterns, schedules, maps, charts or tables Reading Selections Types of Questions Multiple Choice-four options Open Response (about 6 lines of writing each) related to the ideas and information presented in the information paragraph, news report or dialogue reading Writing Tasks Long Writing Tasks News report (one page) Series of paragraphs expressing an opinion (two pages) Short Writing Tasks (six lines each) Writing Tasks Multiple Choice Questions Organization of ideas Main idea Sentence and paragraph structure Language conventions Test Booklets All written answers must be recorded in the test booklets in blue or black pen or pencil. Read all questions and do only what is asked. For example, if you are asked to write ONE paragraph, be sure that you write only ONE . Test Booklets Use the rough notes space to jot ideas or plan your response, but write your response in the lined space…otherwise it will not be marked. Use the space provided for the answers – do not write more than is required. Do not write less. Using the Test Booklet for Writing Tasks Write the answers neatly. If the marker cannot read your work, they cannot reward you for your efforts. If you write offensive material, your work may not be marked and the Principal will be notified. Using the Test Booklet for Writing Tasks Write in full sentences and watch for spelling, grammar and punctuation. Instructions for reading and writing tasks are included in each booklet. Student Answer Sheet-Multiple Choice Questions All multiple choice questions MUST be answered on the Student Answer Sheet, NOT IN THE TEST BOOKLETS. Cheating EQAO investigates tests with similar results If you are caught cheating your test will not count No cell phones/electronic devices at all!!! You will need to see an administrator You will need to do the test again next year Don’t worry… Last year 95% of students were successful Based on the reading and writing skills across all subject areas up to the end of grade 9 You’ve been coached Practice Lessons -News Report -Informational Text and Summary -Graphical Text and Language Conventions -Opinion Writing Lunch Literacy Help Come to lunch sessions for help from March 18-26th between 11:00and 12:00 in room 110. Counting On You Resources and More Practice See www.eqao.com for The Getting Ready Guide and Sample Tests Read! More resources and practice! This PowerPoint will be posted to our school website The link to www.eqao.com for The Getting Ready Guide and Sample Tests will be live Please share this information with your parents If you finish early… Review your work – check for spelling, grammar and punctuation. Check that you have answered all questions correctly, fully and to the best of your ability Sit quietly and wait for others to finish After the Test In a few months, you will receive an Individual Report indicating whether or not you have passed the test Not successful- you will have the opportunity to write the test again next year Unsuccessful again - you may fulfill the OSSLT literacy requirement by successfully completing the OLC in grade 12 Do your very best… and good luck!