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Literacy Test

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 Literacy TesT

Beginning March 23rd, 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 Bear Creek Secondary School. If successful, this will count towards satisfying the literacy requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 

Please note that the literacy graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2020–2021 school year has been waived.

Should a student who is learning from home within the hybrid system wish to participate in the OSSLT, the student must come into the school and write the test with their class cohort. In this manner, we are ensuring that cohorts are maintained, and that all necessary public health directives and school board health and safety measures continue to be implemented.

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. 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 will be assigned a day to write the OSSLT between March 23rd, 2021 and April 9th, 2021. Please note that the normal daily school day schedule will be unaffected and will continue as normal.

OSSLT Writing Day:    OSSLT Session A (8am – 10am)                                                            OSSLT Session B (10:45-12:45)                      

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

Please see the attached schedule for dates and locations. 


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