How to Prepare for the Literacy Test
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How to Prepare for the Literacy Test

Are you feeling nervous for the Ontario literacy test? There is no reason to worry! The test can actually be a quite smooth and positive experience if you’re prepared.  Before we look at how to prepare, you need to understand the format of the OSSLT.  The OSSLT has two booklets which must be completed in the given time frame of two and a half hours.  Each booklet addresses a different skill set. The first booklet offers multiple-choice and short answer questions in addition to a question requiring the student to create a newspaper report on a given headline and image. In the second OSSLT practice booklet, there is another multiple-choice section and  a short answer portion,  as well as a question requiring the student to write an opinion on a specific issue. 

ontario literacy test In order to be successful on the Ontario literacy test, the primary preparation method is using the practice booklets which can be found on the EQAO website.  Here, you can print sample practice booklets for the literacy test to gain a realistic impression of what the test will be like. While this is a vital part of the preparation process, the student must first become skillful in various areas of literacy before starting the literacy test sample booklets.

There are a few ways the students can approach this process. First, the student should ensure they understand all forms and uses of punctuation, which will be assessed throughout the literacy test.  Next, the student should make sure they learn about critical reading strategies such as making inferences, getting the main idea and making connections. These strategies will be tested, so the student needs to feel confident using these skills. Finally, the student should become familiar with proper paragraph writing format. This skill is needed in various parts of the test where they will be asked to write their opinion based on the reading or a general life-related issue.  If they are not familiar with how to structure a strong paragraph, they may find these sections of the test challenging.

As long as the student is committed to practicing their literacy skills, they will be able to complete the OSSLT practice booklets effectively.  You  can also decide to enroll in a literacy test prep course with a certified Thornhill English tutor, which  will allow you to exercise the necessary skills to be successful on the OSSLT. If you have any further questions about the OSSLT or would like to enroll in the course, you may contact me at

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