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 > select “Admissions”.  The Admissions Assessment will be written at Ursula Franklin Academy on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Saturday, November 30th, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.*

* Note: A maximum of 300 applicants per session. At the Admissions Assessment applicants will be required to:

  • Respond to the Statement of Purpose – maximum 4 sentences;
  • Respond in writing to one of three (3) in-class questions;
  • Complete a science/math/problem-solving assessment similar in format to the Grade 6 EQAO Assessment. The science/math/problem-solving component will be based on and assessed at the Grade 7 Ontario Curriculum level.

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Admissions Assessment Part 1 - Applicant’s Statement of Purpose

Applicants will be required to respond in writing: “Why do you think Ursula Franklin Academy is a good school for you as a learner?”  Applicants are restricted to a maximum of four (4) sentences for their response.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the school website to consider their response.  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 four (4) sentences.

Admissions Assessment Part 2 - 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 values. Content will be evaluated. The applicant’s writing ability must be at or above a Level 3 (70%). The rubric below will be used in the assessment of the in-class question.

Criteria Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Content Relevance of Response Some of the answer is directly related to the question(s), but may occasionally be off-topic. Student demonstrates accurate understanding 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.
Quality of Evidence

Some details support the main ideas, but some may be off topic.  Some specificity in answers, though occasionally general.

Student selects appropriate details to support main ideas.  Evidence is specific. Student chooses highly relevant evidence to develop ideas.  Evidence is specific and clearly and artfully illustrates response.
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/Math/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 several science and math 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/math 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.  A sample of what to expect for the science/math/problem-solving assessment can be found below and downloaded for preparation purposes.

* Note: Our format for the Science/Math/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.

Grade 6 EQAO Booklet


Sample Science/Math Questions: [1]     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)

a) 13/24

b) 11/24

c) 4/16

d) 1/2

[2]   If U × 4=12, and U – 10+F = 0, what is the value of F? (1 mark)

a) 6

b) -6

c) 0

d) 7

[3]    3) How might you set up an experiment to see if a liquid substance is a pure substance or a mechanical mixture? (4 marks) Sample Science/Math/Problem-Solving Assessment for Study Purposes Admissions Assessment Practice