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OSSLT Preparation for the Test
Transcript of OSSLT Preparation for the Test
What's it all about?
Will the OSSLT count toward my course marks?
No. Successful completion of the OSSLT is one of the 32 requirements for the OSSD, but the test will not count toward your course marks.
Some Final Thoughts...
What's on the Test?
The OSSLT is a provincial test of reading and writing. It is published by the Ministry of Education and is a mandated test for all high school students in Ontario.
The OSSLT is administered to all Grade 10 students in the province.
The OSSLT is one of the most important tests students will write in their high school career. This is because a
pass is required
before a student can achieve their high school diploma.
Writing a News Report
Series of Paragraphs
Short Writing Task
Use of Conventions
Through a combination of multiple-choice questions and two short and two long open-response writing tasks, the OSSLT focuses on three writing skills:
WRITING SKILL 1:
DEVELOPING A MAIN IDEA WITH
SUFFICIENT SUPPORTING DETAILS
WRITING SKILL 2:
ORGANIZING INFORMATION AND IDEAS
IN A COHERENT MANNER
WRITING SKILL 3:
USING CONVENTIONS (SPELLING, GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION) IN A MANNER THAT DOES NOT DISTRACT FROM CLEAR COMMUNICATION
through the selection and then re-read for meaning.
between what you are reading and any
you have had in your own life.
As you read, think about what you are reading,
ask yourself questions
about what you are reading.
Underline or highlight
important information and ideas as you read.
If you are having trouble understanding an idea, either read on until the meaning becomes clearer or
stop and re-read
For selections with graphic features:
titles, pictures, charts, and graphs
to predict what the selection is going to be about.
Think about the
purpose and structure
of the selection.
Look at the
and how they make the selection more interesting or the information more clear.
The Reading Questions
Questions about the reading selections are intended to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of what you have read. It is important to try to answer all of the questions. You will not be penalized for trying. Questions not answered are considered incorrect. All answers must relate to the information and ideas in the selections.
Agree or disagree
with the question.
2. Draw a diagram similar to this one in the space for rough
3. In the oval, write, “Yes, I agree with…” or “No, I don’t
agree with…” (this will be the topic of your paragraphs).
4. Think about
2 or 3 reasons
why you agree or disagree
with the question. Write each reason below large oval.
5. Think of an
example for each reason
why you agree or
disagree with the question. Write an example below each
reason you listed.
6. The large oval becomes the introductory sentence of the
7. The reasons why become the body paragraphs.
8. The large oval, slightly reworded, becomes the concluding
Topic: Are cellphones necessary in teenagers' lives?
Topic: Is it important for teenagers to pay attention to world news?
Topic: Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part time job?
Topics from Previous Tests:
10 Tips for the OSSLT
What do I know about advertising?
What are some effective ads I’ve seen?
What ways do they sell: music?
What happens if I don’t pass the OSSLT?
You can take the test again the following year. You can also talk to your parents or guardians and your school principal and/or teacher about taking the OSSLC instead of retaking the test.
What happens if I leave questions blank?
You’ll get a score of zero for these questions. Write something down for
EVERY. SINGLE. QUESTION.
Will universities and colleges see my OSSLT results?
Your secondary school transcript will indicate that you have completed the OSSLT as one of the 32 requirements for the OSSD.
The Day of the Test
During the Test
After the Test
In his ‘95 Lenten Message: "Literacy is an Essential Duty for Man's Future - [There is] …a hidden evil which deprives a great number of poor people of many possibilities for progress. It likewise deprives them of victory over marginalization and hinders them from attaining true freedom. I am speaking of illiteracy.”
Read each question fully.
Look for main ideas if presented with reading points.
Pay attention to words that should be CAPITALIZED.
Pay attention to PUNCTUATION
Read the four answers and rule out any that are obviously incorrect.
Choose the best or most correct answer
Fill in the proper letter on the Student Answer Sheet.
A little nervousness can actually help motivate us; however, too much of it can become a problem – especially if it interferes with our ability to prepare for and perform on tests.
Improving your perspective of the test-taking experience can actually help you enjoy reviewing/studying and may improve your performance.
•Remember that the most reasonable expectation is to try to show as much of what you know as you can.
•Begin your day with a good breakfast and avoid caffeine.
•Try to do something relaxing the hour before the test – last minute cramming will cloud your mastering of the overall concepts of the course.
•Plan to arrive at the test location early – this will allow you to relax and to select a seat located away from doors, windows, and other distractions.
•Avoid classmates who generate anxiety and tend to upset your stability.
•If waiting for the test to begin causes anxiety, distract yourself by reading something that has nothing to do with the test.
Before you begin answering the questions on the test, take a few minutes and do the following:
•First review the entire test; then read the directions twice. Try to think of the test as an opportunity to show the teacher what you know; then begin to organize your time efficiently. Work on the easiest portions of the test first.
•Do not rush through the test.
Wear a watch and check it frequently as you pace yourself.
If it appears you will be unable to finish the entire test, concentrate on those portions which you can answer well. Recheck your answers only if you have extra time – and only if you are not anxious.
Whether you feel you did well or not, be sure to follow through on the reward you promised yourself – and enjoy it! Try not to dwell on all the mistakes you might have made. Go do something you enjoy!
Check out the video below for more tips...