Literacy Support Materials

OSSLT-MARCH 27, 2014

Parent Support Package

This package includes parent support materials that can be used to help your son or daughter experience success on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), have less test anxiety, and help them become familiar with the test format.  Please read the quick facts sheet that includes some FAQs and provides contact information.  The following links also contain reading and materials to help you get started.

Practice Booklets

Sample Booklet - This is an actual test booklet from EQAO and can be used for practice.
Please use the answer key for sample answers and the multiple choice sheet and multiple choice answer key to help guide your son or daughter through the practice activity.

*New*  EQAO has provided new sample booklets:

Booklet 1
Booklet 2

Ministry Materials

These materials are provided by the Ministry.  The links below contain sample answers (exemplars) as well as important information for students who will be writing the test this spring.

Support Materials from Quinte Secondary School

The following materials were created by the Quinte Literacy team.  They are simple guides to the various writing styles, writing checklists, and exemplars.

Literacy at Quinte - steps students will take to success

  • Grade 9 students write a diagnostic test to determine areas of strength and weakness - supports may be put in place before the student reaches grade ten
  • Grade 10 students write a more in-depth practice test to determine which students need extra supports or accommodations 
  • If support is required, a student may be invited to participate in the after school literacy program
  • Students may be pulled out of regular classes for a period for literacy support in the weeks prior to the test


Quinte Secondary School was profiled by EQAO for improvment on the literacy test. Go Saints Go!
News Release
Community Press Article

After School Literacy Program

The after school literacy program is underway.  The teacher of the program is Ms. Maria Clements.   The program runs at Quinte Secondary School on Thursdays, from 3:00 -5:00pm.
Contact Information

Contacting Quinte Secondary School:
Telephone:   (613) 962-9295
Mail:             45 College Street West,  
                     Belleville, ON
                     K8P 2G3
Contact Names:          
Liane Woodley,Principal ext. 2119
Todd Hinks, Vice Principal ext. 2163
Catherine Willoughby, Student Success Coordinator
Brian Smith, ISEH