How to Pass the OSSLT
Welcome students and parents to O’Neill C.V.I.’s interactive OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) preparation website. At O’Neill, we are dedicated to helping students feel confident going into the OSSLT. The website is divided into five sections:
Section 1: Tips for Answering Short Answer Questions
Section 2: Tips for Reading and Responding to a Graphic Text
Section 3: Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Questions
Section 4: Tips for Writing a News Report
Section 5: Tips for Writing a Series of Paragraphs
Note to Students: We hope that you take the time to look through the website and watch the video blogs that demonstrate how to answer different types of questions on the test.
Note to Parents: We hope that you look through the website and use the information to help your child prepare and practice for the test.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Bernard, or Mr. Bernard at O’Neill (905-728- 7531).
*Be sure to look at the "Additional Websites" found at the bottom of this page!
Section 1: Tips For Answering Short Answer Questions
Short Answer Questions
Section 2: Tips For Reading and Responding to a Graphic Text
OSSLT Graphic Text
Question and answers can be found here:
Section 3: Tips For Answering Multiple Choice Questions
Answering Multiple Choice Questions
Section 4: Tips For Writing a News Report
Try memorizing the following rhymes to help you remember what to include in a news report!
News Report OSSLT
News report can be found here:
Section 5: Tips For Writing a Series of Paragraphs
Be sure to check out this rad series of paragraphs rap! Try learning the lyrics, and sing along!
Series of Paragraphs Rap
Series of Paragraphs Rap!
Once you see the question don’t be scared
Highlight the topic and you’ll be prepared
Pick one side to defend
Have three arguments you’ll be set my friend
Minimum paragraphs you need at least three
If you have five that’s alright with me
When I read your intro I need to see
A thesis and 3 arguments that would be key
If you know what I mean, sing along with me
For your body paragraphs use SEEC format
Use examples and explanations within that
Transitional words I should see
In present tense it’s gotta be
All ideas will be coming from your head
Make sure the difference in paragraphs can be read
In order to conclude, you need to restate
Your intro and three points that would be great
Check out the following website for sample OSSLT questions and answers (at the bottom of the website):
Check out this website from EQAO for tips, practice tests, past tests, and students' scored answers: