Please Note: These guidelines are for your review. All applicants must book an appointment to write the Admissions Assessment using our online booking system. This booking system can be reached at www.ufacademy.org > select “Admissions”. The Admissions Assessment will be written at Ursula Franklin Academy on the following dates:
- Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.*
- Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.*
* Note: A maximum of 350 applicants per session. At the Admissions Assessment applicants will be required to:
- Respond to the Statement of Purpose;
- Respond to one of three (3) In-Class Questions related to Social Justice;
- Complete a science/numeracy/problem solving diagnostic assessment similar in format to the Grade 6 EQAO Assessment. Science/numeracy/problem solving will be based on and assessed at the Grade 7 Ontario Curriculum level.
Admissions Assessment Part 1 - Applicant’s Statement of Purpose
Applicants will be required to respond in writing at the time of the scheduled Admissions Assessment their response to why they wish to attend Ursula Franklin Academy. Applicants must also make reference to Ursula Franklin Academy’s school values or program in their response. Other guiding questions applicants need to consider are as follows: What do you think Ursula Franklin Academy offers you as a student that other schools may not offer? Why do you think Ursula Franklin Academy is a good school for you as a learner? What do you think you can contribute to Ursula Franklin Academy? Applicants are encouraged to give specific examples of how they will contribute to our school community including reference to past experience(s). Content will be evaluated. The applicant’s writing ability must be at or above a Level 3 (70%). The enclosed rubric will be used in the assessment of the Statement of Purpose. The expected length of this response is one page, single spaced.
Admissions Assessment Part 2 - Social Justice In-Class Question
The applicant must respond to one (1) of three (3) questions that will be provided at the Admissions Assessment. The questions will be opinion based, and reflect the school’s value of Social Justice. Content will be evaluated. The applicant’s writing ability must be at or above a Level 3 (70%). The rubric on the next page will be used in the assessment of the Social Justice In-Class Question.
|Criteria||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
|Content||Awareness of Purpose||Some of the response is directly related to the question(s), but may occasionally be off-topic.||Student demonstrates accurate understanding of the question(s) and frames response to answer directly.||Student shows a strong and thorough understanding of the question(s), and answer is directly responsive.|
|Relevance of Response||Response shows some understanding of school values. Student indicates a desire to attend UFA. Response shows some comprehension of issues related to social justice.||Response is reflective of school values. Student clearly indicates a desire to attend UFA. Response shows comprehension of issues related to social justice.||Response demonstrates a thorough understanding of school values and program, and reflects student’s identification with them. Student’s desire to attend UFA is clearly expressed. Response shows a strong and thorough comprehension of issues related to social justice.|
|Classifying Ideas||Some details support the main ideas, but some may be off topic.||Student selects appropriate details to support main ideas.||Student chooses highly relevant evidence to support and develop ideas.|
|Writing||Developing and Organizing Content||Student employs some elements of organization (e.g. transition words). Some ideas are developed thoroughly.||Student appropriately expands on answer with relevant details. Uses a clear and identifiable means of organization (i.e., paragraphs, sentence order).||Organization is logical and supports the overall message. Supporting ideas are fully developed and tied to main ideas.|
|Tone/ Awareness of Audience||Voice/tone of the response is usually of an appropriate level of formality.||The response is written in a voice and tone appropriate to the occasion.||The response is written in a confident and individual voice that reflects an awareness of the appropriate formality.|
|Sentence Fluency||Some sentence variety. Frequent fluency.||Student employs a variety of sentence types to express ideas; there is an overall flow.||Student demonstrates a strong mastery of sentence variety and fluency.|
|Conventions (spelling, vocabulary choice, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation)||Several errors in conventions, which occasionally interfere with meaning.||Student demonstrates a strong grasp of writing conventions. Very few minor errors, which do not interfere with meaning.||Strong mastery of writing conventions. The writing piece is virtually without error.|
Admissions Assessment Part 3 Science–Numeracy-Problem Solving Assessment
As part of our specialization, Ursula Franklin Academy offers a rigorous science and math program. Our students are required to take a senior science course in addition to the two compulsory courses required for graduation. The applicant must respond to ten (10) science – numeracy – problem solving based questions at the Admissions Assessment. There will be a combination of word problems and multiple choice questions, similar in format to the Grade 6 EQAO Assessment*. The science/numeracy questions will be based on and assessed at the Grade 7 Ontario Curriculum level. The student’s problem solving ability must be at or above a Level 3 (70%). Multiple Choice questions will be marked as correct or incorrect. Each question will note mark value. A copy of last year’s Science–Numeracy-Problem Solving Assessment can be found below and downloaded for preparation purposes.
* Note: Our format for the Science-Numeracy-Problem Solving Assessment is similar to Grade 6 EQAO – applicants who have not written an EQAO Assessment can visit the EQAO website to familiarize themselves with style and format or download the booklet here.
Sample Science/Numeracy Questions:  A Grade 8 class is having a science fair fundraiser. The class buys a large box of fair-trade chocolate. Two excited students get a head start on the selling. If one student sells 3/8ths of a box, and another sells 1/6th, what fraction of the box is left for the others to sell? (1 mark)
 If U × 4=12, and U – 10+F = 0, what is the value of F? (1 mark)
 3) How might you set up an experiment to see if a liquid substance is a pure substance or a mechanical mixture? (4 marks) Previous Year’s Numeracy/Science/Problem Solving Assessment for Study Purposes Admissions Assessment Practice