Upcoming Literacy Test - March 31, 2016

posted Feb 16, 2016, 8:04 AM by Kathleen Power


To all parents of Grade 10 students, and previously eligible Grade 11 and 12 students, the Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be taking place this year on March 31, 2016. It is imperative that your child is present for this test, and if they will not be able to be present, that you inform your child’s respective Vice Principal as soon as possible.


This week’s literacy test information focuses on reading strategies.


Before reading:

  • Read the title. What might the selection be about?

  • Look at any illustrations. What do they tell you about the story or subject?

  • Read all questions first.

  • Manage your time so that you complete all the sections.


During reading:

  • Look for links between what you’re reading and experiences you’ve had.

  • If you read a word you don’t understand, look for a root word that you know inside the larger word. Look for prefixes and suffixes.

  • If you still don’t understand the word, read to the end of the sentence and look for clues to its meaning. Try reading the sentence before and after the sentence to see if you can find the meaning from the context.

  • As you read, ask questions about what is happening.

  • Make predictions about what might happen next.

  • Form opinions about what is going on. Do you like the characters? Why or why not?

  • Picture the setting, events or images in your mind.

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