Welcome & introduction Today is NOT March 29 but this entire presentation is about an important event scheduled for Thursday, March 29. Through this presentation I hope to give you some information so that you prepared for the OSSLT.
Today’s presentation will strive to answer some of the common questions and the format of the OSSLT as well as explain what happens after the test.
The OSSLT will be written at SDCI the morning of Thursday, March 29, 2012. Do not schedule any appointments for that day and make sure you arrive on time. If you miss the test, you will not be given another chance to write for 1 year! Remember, passing the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.
The entire test will take about 2.5 hours, including instructions and a scheduled nutrition break. The school schedule on March 29 will be adjusted to accommodate for the test. Some class locations will also change. All of this information will be shared with you by your teacher closer to the date of the test.
There are 2 booklets you will need to complete. Each booklet takes approximately 75 minutes so you will work on the first booklet in period 1, then have a 20 minute nutrition break, then write the 2 nd booklet in period 2. After you have completed the 2 nd booklet there is a short questionnaire for you to fill out.
The OSSLT consists of Reading and Writing selections. There are three types of reading selections: Informational materials such as explanations and instructions. Literacy materials such as stories, descriptions, and dialogues. Graphic materials such as schedules, graphs and tables
There are 3 formats of reading questions including - multiple choice - short answer & - questions that require a brief explanation Within each of these different formats there will be 3 different types of questions Directly stated in the reading selection Indirectly stated in the reading selection - Making connections between personal knowledge & experience and ideas and information in the reading selection
There will also be 3 different types of writing tasks 1.Long-Writing Tasks news report based on a picture and a headline (one page) series of paragraphs expressing an opinion on a given topic (two pages) 2. Short-Writing Tasks opportunity to use your knowledge and personal experience while demonstrating your writing skills 3. Multiple-Choice Questions opportunity to demonstrate the three writing skills
Some of you are ready to write the OSSLT and have been since the end of grade 9. Other students may need more support both inside and outside of the classroom. All students who are writing the OSSLT will have the opportunity to write a practice test on Thursday, March 22 – 1 week before the actual test.
Now that we have talked about the test, let’s answer some of the questions you may have about what happens after the test.
Probably the only question you have is when will I get my results. Although you write the test in March you will not receive your results until June. Your test is actually shipped to Toronto where a team of teachers will spend time marking, checking, and remarking your test. This teacher team decides on your mark, not SDCI, and whether or not you pass or fail.
If you or your parents have any more questions, you can visit the EQAO website at www.eqao.com
If I can offer you some helpful advice, it would be this: - Follow the directions completely (if it says to write 3 paragraphs don’t write 4 in hope of doing better) Don’t leave any questions blank Bring a pen & a pencil to write with - Don’t book any appointments on March 29 - Make sure to have a good breakfast
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Strathroy District Collegiate Institute -- April 11, 2013 --Log into the computer, turn on the data projector, and go to m.socrative.com
Presentation Schedule1. Making things Interactive2. Format of the OSSLT3. Answers to Common Questions4. After the Test
Go online• Each class please sign in to m.socrative.com/• Room # is 584923• When asked for your name use your teacher’s name and room number i.e. Mr. Woodburn NW123• We will be using this shortly
When Am I Writing This?• Morning of Thursday, April 11, 2013.
How Long Is It Going to Take? • The entire test will take 2 ½ hours including instructions and a nutrition break. • IEP’d students will have extra time
What Does the OSSLT Look Like? • 2 booklets • Two 75 minute sessions • 1st booklet = Period 1 • 20 minute nutrition break • 2nd booklet + questionnaire = Period 2
Types of Reading SelectionsInformation paragraph – 225-250 wordsNews report – 225-250 wordsDialogue – 225-250 wordsReal-life narrative – 550-600 wordsGraphic Text – fewer than 150 words
Types of Reading QuestionsFormat Multiple Choice Open Response (six lines each)Type Directly stated in the reading selection Indirectly stated in the reading selection Making connections between personal knowledge &experience and ideas and information in the readingselection
Types of Writing Tasks & QuestionsWriting TasksLong-Writing Tasks News report based on a picture and a headline (one page) Series of paragraphs expressing an opinion (two pages)Two Short-Writing Tasks Opportunity to use your knowledge and personal experience whiledemonstrating your writing skills (6 lines each)Multiple-Choice Questions Developing a main idea and supporting details Organization of ideas Language conventions
How is SDCI Preparing You for the OSSLT?• In-Class Literacy (on-going)• Gr. 10 OSSLT Presentation (Feb. 26)• Remediation for At-Risk Students (on-going)• OSSLT Practice Booklet (March 28)• OSSLT Practice Test (April 4)
Each class please sign in• Please go to m.socrative.com/• Room # is 584923• When asked for your name use your teacher’s name and room number i.e. Mr. Woodburn NW123• Ready to go?
When Will I Get My Results? • In a few minutes for today’s work • Actual results of the OSSLT with arrive in June 2013.
Where Can I Find More Information?• You can find more information at the Education Quality and Accountability Office site ( www.eqao.com)
• Follow the directions completely (if it says to write 3 paragraphs don’t write 4 in hope of doing better)• Don’t leave any questions blank• Bring a pen & a pencil to write with• Don’t book any appointments on April 11• Make sure to have a good breakfast