In accordance with Bill 48, the
Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2019, which amended the
Ontario College of Teachers Act (OCTA), 1996, applicants must successfully complete a mathematics proficiency test to be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
Ontario ApplicantsOntario applicants are individuals who are enrolled in, or have completed, a program of professional education in Ontario. Ontario applicants who complete their application for a certificate of qualification and registration
on or after March 31, 2020, which includes the receipt of all required documentation and fees by the OCT, must pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test in order to become certified. Applicants across all subjects and grades must pass the test. There are no equivalencies or exemptions.
Internationally Educated Teacher (IET) ApplicantsIET applicants are individuals who completed a program of professional education outside of Canada, which led to certification to teach in that jurisdiction. IET applicants who complete their application for a certificate of qualification and registration
on or after March 31, 2020, are required to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test within two years of being granted their initial certification by the OCT. Otherwise, their certificate will expire, and they will be ineligible to teach in Ontario until they pass the test and meet all other applicable certification requirements. A complete application includes the receipt of all required documentation and fees by the College. IET applicants across all subjects and grades must pass the test. There are no equivalencies or exemptions.
Labour Mobility ApplicantsApplicants who hold a teaching certificate from a Canadian province or territory outside Ontario are covered under the
Ontario Labour Mobility Act and are not required to write the Mathematics Proficiency Test in order to become certified.
Current Members of the Ontario College of Teachers Current OCT members do not have to write the Mathematics Proficiency Test. If a member wishes to take the test, however, they may do so. Post-secondary institutions that administer the test shall permit any member of the college to take the test.
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There are no exemptions or equivalencies to the requirement to write and pass the test.
As per the direction of the Ministry of Education, the test will include two components:
In order to be deemed successful, those writing the test will require a mark of 70% or higher in each of the two components.
Ontario faculties of education accredited by the OCT will offer the Mathematics Proficiency Test. The test will be designed as a computer-based assessment. Faculties of education may administer the test in accordance with instructions from EQAO. Timing and further details about the administration of the test have yet to be determined.
EQAO will develop an online testing platform that leverages current assessment technologies. The intent is that you will be able to answer different types of multiple-choice questions (e.g., drag and drop, ordering lists, number lines, check boxes).
EQAO will develop online preparation and support materials, including practice questions, that will be made available to help individuals taking the test. These materials are not yet available.
Details of the administration of the test are still being confirmed.
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Ontario faculties of education will send your test to EQAO within five days after you write the test. Within 10 days after receiving the test, EQAO will mark it and report your results to you. If you are successful, EQAO will indicate this to the OCT, so you won’t need to report the result of your test to the College.
There will be no fee to write the test on the first attempt for those who must pass the test to be certified with the OCT. A fee will be required, however, for subsequent and/or voluntary attempts. The fee amount has not yet been determined.
Yes, this test will be available in both English and French.
Applicants can rewrite the test. There is no limit on the number of times a person may take the mathematics test. While there is no fee to write the test on the first attempt, a fee will be required for subsequent attempts.
EQAO will develop and mark the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
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This policy initiative was determined by the Government of Ontario. Bill 48, the
Safe and Supportive Classroom Act, 2019, amended the
Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996. One of these amendments required that applicants successfully complete a mathematics proficiency test to be certified with the OCT. On August 20, 2019, the Government of Ontario filed Ontario Regulation 271/19
Proficiency in Mathematics, under the OCTA, confirming that new applicants to the OCT will be required to successfully pass a mathematics proficiency test if their application for registration is completed on or after March 31, 2020.
This policy was determined by the Government of Ontario.
Academic accommodations will be provided by the faculties in accordance with their policies and guidelines.
Questions about the content and development of the Mathematics Proficiency Test, as well as support materials, can be directed to the Education Quality and Accountability Office at 1-888-327-7377 or
Questions about the Mathematics Proficiency Test as an Ontario College of Teachers certification requirement can be directed to the OCT at 416-961-8800 and
Questions about the administration of the Mathematics Proficiency Test can be directed to Ontario faculties of education.
For general information about the province’s mathematics strategy, please contact the Ministry of Education at 1-800-387-5514 (TTY: 1-800-268-7095).
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