During the OSSLT

This section provides instructions on how to administer, invigilate and manage the OSSLT. If you have not scheduled the OSSLT assessment, refer to instructions in Before the OSSLT to schedule your sessions.

Ensure you have the SEB or Kiosk password before starting the OSSLT. Your school administrator will provide this password which is found in the school administrator’s  Technical Readiness Checklist. You will need to enter this password on each device before completing the steps below.

Teachers should be logged in to their Invigilation page to actively monitor the administration of the OSSLT and the progress of the students. 

Summary of steps during the OSSLT

  • Log in to your account and access your grouping.
  • Click Manage Students for student list, OENs, and accommodations information.
  • Set up devices and logins for students. Students require their OEN and the class access code.
  • Provide the alternative version of the test to students who have been registered to receive it.
  • Unlock the lockdown browser on each device using the SEB or Kiosk password. For students requiring alternative access because of non-compatible assistive software, please refer to Alternative access for specific students with accommodations.
  • Have students log in to the e-assessment platform using their OEN and the access code for the group.  
  • Read the OSSLT script.
  • Unlock Session A for students. If any students are absent or in an unsupervised setting, ensure their sessions stay locked.
  • Instruct your students to complete their work in the session before they click Submit. A session must be completed in a continuous sitting, and if a student does not submit their work when completed, it will be automatically submitted by the system by end of day. Refer to Autosubmission of sessions.
  • If a student accidentally clicks Submit, refer to instructions about unsubmitting a session.
  • Repeat the steps above for Session B.
  • Transcribe any student responses into the e-assessment platform for those using the Alternative Version and have not yet been entered into the e-assessment system.
  • If necessary, click Report an Issue on the Invigilation page and record any issues that may affect the security, validity or reliability of the assessment.
  • Have students complete the questionnaire after they have completed all sessions of the OSSLT.
  • Click Submit to EQAO for scoring on the invigilation page to close the OSSLT for all students. Student responses will now be sent for scoring.

Step 1 – Reading the scripts

Please read aloud the script for Session A and Session B to your grouping before you unlock the session and begin the OSSLT.

The sessions must be completed in the order in which they are presented. Each session must be completed in one continuous sitting.

Refer to the OSSLT Framework for more information about the suggested duration of each session.

An assessment session may include supervised breaks: water, stretch and washroom.

Step 2 – Starting the test

  1. Log in to your teacher account.
  2. To open a grouping, click Select Grouping.
  3. If you have a practice test session still open, click End Practice Test to allow the scheduled OSSLT to be opened.
  4. Under the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, click Ready to Start.
  5. In the Invigilation page, you will see the important information for invigilating the assessment.
  6. Assist students in logging into the OSSLT:
    1. Start the SEB or Kiosk application on each device and enter the password provided by the school administrator.
    2. Ask your students to log using the access code and their OEN.
    3. Students must enter their last name to access the test.

Student OENs can be found next to their names by clicking the Show OEN button.

If a student with accommodations requires an alternative access, they can log in through the EQAO login page. Refer to Accessing the E-Assessment Platform for more information.

Step 3 – Invigilating the test

In the Invigilation page, you can:

  • find the access code (pink box on top right)
  • view your students and their OEN
  • unlock or lock sessions (individually or for all students)
  • pause the session
  • report an issue
  • unsubmit a session
  • automatically submit
  • submit the responses to EQAO for scoring

Monitor the invigilation screen regularly during the administration of the test for system notifications indicating students are attempting to navigate away from the assessment, and for new messages that may be sent by EQAO through the Message Centre

Locking or unlocking a session

On the Invigilation page, you must click the lock icon associated with a specific session to begin a session. Unlock sessions only for students who are supervised and actively completing the assessment. Sessions for students who are absent must remain locked to prevent them from accessing a session without supervision.

The lock/unlock function may be used for an individual student requiring a supervised break.

Pausing and resuming

You can pause or resume the test for all student(s) for:

  • a supervised break
  • an unexpected event, such as a fire alarm

When resuming the session, the student will return to their opened question.

If the student accidentally submitted the session before they were finished their work, refer to the section Unsubmitting a Session.

Reporting issues

School administrators and teachers must report issues to EQAO that may affect the security, validity or reliability of the assessment. Refer to Professional Responsibilities

All issues in any category should be reported through the teacher Invigilation page using the Report an Issue button. An EQAO issues resolution team reviews reported issues. 

  1. On the Invigilation page, click Report an Issue
  2. Click OK
  3. Select the issue category: Technical Support, Student Response Issue or Administration Anomaly or Academic Dishonesty 
  4. Describe the issue in detail. 
  5. Select the affected student(s). 
  6. Click Report

Categories for reporting issues

Technical Support 

Any system issue that affects the ability of the student to continue the assessment. For example, inability to: 

  • log in 
  • continue
  • proceed to the next question
  • access assistive technology
  • submit the test

Any technical issue that is preventing a student from beginning or accessing the OSSLT that requires immediate help, please call 1-888-327-7377 to be directed to the technical support team. 

Student Response Issue  

Any issue that a student reports that may have affected their ability to answer a particular question, but did not prevent them from proceeding with the assessment.  

Administration Anomaly or Academic Dishonesty 

Any issue that affects the validity and reliability of the student’s results (answers copied from others or outside sources, unsupervised setting, wrong OEN, test security). Student results may be withheld. 

EQAO may investigate Student Response Issues, Administration Anomaly and Academic Dishonesty issues after the assessment window closes. 

Do not report  if:

  • the internet shuts down, but the invigilators are still supervising during this time 
  • a student appears to be offline but is actually completing the test
  • if a device stops working, but student can have access to another device 
  • a student uses a phone but the school determines it was not used to influence student responses 
  • a student is absent
  • a student response appears not to be saved (student responses are automatically saved at regular intervals in the system)

Unsubmitting a session

You can unsubmit a student’s session ONLY if the student accidentally submitted a session before completing all their work in the same continuous sitting or you need to transcribe a response for a student with a recorded accommodation. 

All students may have additional time to complete the OSSLT; and the school will need to make scheduling decisions to ensure each session of the OSSLT is completed in a continuous sitting. A continuous sitting cannot be interrupted by an unsupervised break period (e.g., lunch), or span multiple days.

In summary, an invigilator may unsubmit a student’s session if:

• a student accidentally submitted session and is still in the same continuous sitting; or
• needed to transcribe student response (for students with this accommodation)

An unsubmission request that does not meet the above criteria may be requested as Other. This unsubmission will not take effect immediately as it requires EQAO approval.  The EQAO must consider reliability and validity of results when making decisions about unsubmission requests. Check your Message Centre for notifications. 

A session can only be unsubmitted if the student responses have yet to be submitted to EQAO for scoring by the teacher.

If you have already clicked  Submit to EQAO for scoring, a new OSSLT will need to be scheduled and started before a student’s session can be unsubmitted. 

Steps to unsubmitting a session 

Unsubmit one session for one student at a time. 

  1. The student must log out. 
  2. Verify if the student is logged out reviewing the student’s status on the Invigilation page which should indicate Offline
  3. Click the Show Unsubmit Session Button at the top of the page. 

If a student is not logged out, a message will appear at the top of the Invigilator page which will not allow you to unsubmit the session. 

  1. Notice the title on the button changed to Hide Unsubmit Session Button and an unsubmit icon (a rectangle with an x) appears next to each student’s submitted session. 
  2. Click the unsubmit icon for the session:
    1. Select the reason: student accidentally submitted session, needed to transcribe student response or other (provide details).
    2. Confirm the action by typing yes.
    3. Click OK.
  3. Notice the lock icon now appears beside the student name. Click to unlock and allow the student to continue where they left off. 

Unsubmitting a session will not clear student responses; student responses will remain saved.  

Autosubmission of sessions

Each session of the OSSLT must be completed in one continuous sitting. A student should click Submit once they complete each session.

Any student who had started a session but did not submit their work will have their session automatically submitted by the system by 5:00 p.m. (ET) to prevent student sessions from remaining open when not in use.

  1. Verify if students have submitted completed sessions on the Invigilation page.  
    • A green checkmark indicates the student has submitted their work. 
  2. If you are actively invigilating a session at the time of auto submission you will receive a warning message on the Invigilation page. Make a choice to:
    • extend the time to allow a student to complete; or,
    • proceed with the scheduled auto submission

If a student’s session was automatically submitted but they were not finished, use the Other category when making an unsubmission request. This will require approval from EQAO. 

Step 4 – Submitting sessions to EQAO for scoring 

  1. Once all students have completed all sessions and the student questionnaire, click Submit to EQAO for scoring.
  2. Type Yes to confirm the submission.
  3. Click OK

Administering the test to a student after a scheduled assessment session 

Scenario 1 

If you have not clicked Submit to EQAO for scoring, the OSSLT can still be administered and accessed by the students who have not completed the test. Unlock the session a student needs to begin.  

Scenario 2  

If you have clicked Submit to EQAO for scoring, a new test will need to be scheduled for the student needing to begin. 

Updated on November 21, 2023