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Important information about the literacy test

October 27, 2016—EQAO has put out a Q&A document about the technical issues with the literacy test. It will be updated as questions are submitted.

October 24, 2016—EQAO has confirmed that the cause of the technical issues that resulted in the cancellation of the October 20 province-wide trial of the online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) was an intentional, malicious and sustained Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack—a type of cyberattack.

Quick facts

Read the full release on the EQAO website.  [1]


October 21, 2016—Please refer to a letter (Pdf) [2] of explanation and apology from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) about the technical difficulties with the literacy test.


October 20, 2016—Today secondary school students throughout Ontario were to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

This assessment was to be written online. Technical issues through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) were experienced by many Ontario school boards.

EQAO cancelled the assessment prior to noon today.

The OSSLT is written by Grade 10 students typically in the spring. For 2016-2017, two opportunities were possible, the first being in October and the second scheduled for spring, as usual. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.

EQAO cancelled the assessment prior to noon. School boards were directed to instruct students to discontinue taking the assessment.

We’re very proud of our students who demonstrated great character and perseverance in a very challenging situation.

We’ll share more information with schools, families and students when it is available from EQAO. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]