Supports for Students During the OSSLT

Supports for All Students

The following section lists the types of support permitted for all students during the OSSLT.

  • headphones for listening to questions
  • white noise or calming music as required
  • a pencil, eraser and paper for rough work
  • additional time
  • a quiet, individual and/or small group setting
  • preferential seating
  • prompts, either a tap on the desk or a verbal signal, for students who are off task
  • supervised breaks (eg. water, stretch and washroom), as long as a session or stage is completed in one continuous sitting
  • the text-to-speech tool built into the e-assessment platform

Please refer to the Professional Responsibilities of All Individuals Involved in the Administration of the Assessments for the professional responsibilities during the OSSLT.

Accessibility Features and Tools Built Into the E-Assessment Platform

All students have access to a set of accessibility tools located on the student toolbar in the e-assessment platform. The tools that are available for all students are:

  • a help menu
  • a text-to-speech function that reads aloud the text on the screen
  • zoom-in and zoom-out capabilities
  • a line reader that helps students focus on one line of text at a time
  • a high-contrast view
  • drawing tools (highlighter, line and eraser)

All students will also have access to virtual relaxation exercises and reminders of test taking strategies.

For information on supports for students with special education needs or English language learners, please refer to the section called Accommodations.

Updated on January 27, 2023