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OSSLT Update as of October 7, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021

​Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Fall 2021

Beginning October 18th, 2021, students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating Grade 12 students will have the opportunity to attempt the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) at Banting Memorial High School. If successful, this will count towards satisfying the literacy requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

• Grade 11 classes are schedule to write the OSSLT the week of October 18th-21st.
• Grade 10 classes are scheduled to write OSSLT the week of November 15th-19th.

Please note that the literacy graduation requirement for all Grade 12 students graduating during the 2021–2022 school year has been waived.

Should a student who is learning from home wish to participate in the OSSLT, the student must come into the school and write the test with their period 1 class cohort.

Even with safety measures in place, we recognize that not all families will feel comfortable with their student entering the building and attempting the OSSLT during the fall writing opportunity. Please know that we understand that this concern exists, and staff will work with students to ensure that they can complete the literacy requirement for the OSSD in the future.
Unlike past years, there will not be a dedicated day to the writing of the OSSLT. Instead, all students in grades 10 and 11 will be assigned a day to write the OSSLT between October 18th and November 19th, 2021. The test format will be an online assessment.

Please note that the normal daily school day schedule will be unaffected and will continue as normal.

We believe that students, working with their teachers, parents/guardians and administrators, can be successful on the OSSLT. Additional information and materials about the OSSLT are posted on the EQAO web site at

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