Tips to Improve Writing – Looking Ahead to the OSSLT

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The upcoming Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is scheduled for April 11, 2013. Yes, it’s still six months away, but it’s not too soon to think about planning and preparation.

The length of the test and its format are especially challenging for students who find it difficult both to write lengthy responses and to focus for extended periods of time. Preparation will help them perform better on test day.
Writing can be a daunting task, and it takes time and practice for students to improve these skills. The table below tells students how they can make the most of the writing skills they have. Over time, applying these tips consistently will help students improve the overall quality of their writing.

Tips to Improve Writing

Since the OSSLT’s debut in 2002, much of how we think about and teach reading and writing has changed. More and more, reading and writing are moving online, and research is beginning to reveal how learning is affected by this shift.

Watch this blog for future posts about reading and writing in the digital age, and whether the OSSLT is keeping pace.

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