The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is typically written in Grade 10 by all students who are working toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether or not students have acquired the literacy (reading and writing) skills that they are expected to have learned by the end of Grade 9 as outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.

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OLC4O, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, is a grade 12 open level course that is offered only to students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once.

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the OSSLT. Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

In the course, students read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

Additional resources provided in our courses include access to FREE online tutoring throughout the course as well as ReadSpeaker, a text-to-speech tool that enables students to listen to the notes and instructions in the course. This tool facilitates learning for students who face challenges in reading and writing and has proven most successful in the past.

Visit our OLC4O course outline for more details about this course.