OSSLT Preparation – Tips & Advice

      The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is coming up! Commonly known as the OSSLT, it feels like it bears a lot of weight in terms of the trajectory of our high school careers. It ensures that every high school student is achieving the minimum standard of literacy across Ontario. It is not only a reflection of your language skills, but a reflection of the entire province’s literacy. Don’t stress though! Here are some tips to ease your tension:

  1. Do the online OSSLT Practice Test

    The most accurate depiction of the real OSSLT! It is equipped with long answer questions, short answers, and multiple choice. It is the perfect way to grasp your skills and abilities, and help you distinguish what skills you need to work on. 

  1. Get feedback from your teachers 

     Teachers know you best! Do not refrain from asking questions, your grade in a class (especially English) is the best reflection of how you will do on the actual test.

  1.  Attend after school practice sessions 

    J. Clarke Richardson offers after school OSSLT sessions for students covering all of the fundamentals for the test! It gives you an insight into the type of questions that will be asked, while also allowing you to get feedback from teachers in the school.

  1. Get a private tutor in the school 

   Alongside after school practice sessions, J. Clarke has several student tutors for grade 9s and 10s. If you feel like you’re lacking in your skills, a peer tutor is a great solution! 

  1. Take care of yourself 

  Finally, take care of yourself! Get proper sleep before the test and have a good hearty meal. You are the number one priority, and put yourself first before the test! 

  Do not worry! The key to success is confidence, preparation and being calm! Even if you don’t pass, there are a plethora of other opportunities to catch up. For questions, make sure to ask any of the wonderful staff around the school! Good luck, and take care!