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Frequently Asked Questions About the New Math Proficiency Test Certification Requirement

  1. Will I have to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test?

    Ontario Applicants

    Ontario applicants who complete their application for a certificate of qualification and registration on or after March 31, 2020 must pass a Mathematics Proficiency Test in order to become certified, whether or not the application was started before that date. A complete applicaton includes the receipt of all required documentation and fees by the College. Please see the Registration Guides to learn what documents and fees are required to complete your application for certification with the College.

    Ontario applicants are individuals who are enrolled in, or have completed, a program of professional education in Ontario. Applicants across all subjects and grades must pass the test. There are no equivalencies or exemptions. Ontario applicants who complete their program of professional education on or after March 31, 2020 must pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test.

    Internationally Educated Teacher (IET) Applicants

    IET applicants who complete their application for a certificate of qualification and registration on or after March 31, 2020, whether or not the application was started before that date, are required to pass a Mathematics Proficiency Test within two years of being granted their initial certification by the College. 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. Please see the Registration Guides to learn what documents and fees are required to complete your application for certification with the College.

    IET applicants are individuals who completed a program of professional education outside of Canada, which led to certification to teach in that jurisdiction. IET applicants across all subjects and grades must pass the test. There are no equivalencies or exemptions.

    Labour Mobility Applicants

    Applicants 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 College Members

    Current College members do not have to write the Mathematics Proficiency Test. However, if a member wishes to take the test, they may do so. Once available, the Mathematics Proficiency Test will be administered by Ontario faculties of education. Further information about the administration of the test will be provided as soon as it is available.

  2. How can I complete my application for College certification?

    Please see the Registration Guides to learn what documents and fees are required to complete your application for certification with the College.
  3. What if I have outstanding application documents as of March 31, 2020?

    All required application documents and fees must be received by the College prior to March 31, 2020 for an application to be considered complete. For information about the College application process, as well as required application documents and fees, please see the Registration Guides. If your application is incomplete as of March 31, 2020, you will be required to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
  4. I started my application months before the math proficiency test became a certification requirement. Do I still have to take the math proficiency test?

    If your application for certification with the College is complete prior to March 31, 2020, including all required documentation and fees, you will not be required to take the Mathematics Proficiency Test. You are responsible for checking your online application to ensure all documents and fees have been submitted to, and received by, the College. If your application is incomplete as of March 31, 2020, you will be required to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
  5. Who will administer the test?

    Ontario faculties of education accredited by the College will administer the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
  6. Who will develop and mark the test?

    The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will develop and mark the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
  7. Where will the test be offered?

    Once available, the Math Proficiency Test will be administered by Ontario faculties of education. Further information about the administration of the test will be provided as soon as it is available.
  8. Will there be a cost to take the test?

    There will be no fee to write the test on the first attempt for those who must pass the test to register with the College. A fee will be required for subsequent and/or voluntary attempts. There is also no limit on the number of times a person may take the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
  9. What will be on the test?

    The Mathematics Proficiency Test shall be composed of multiple-choice questions and will have two sections:

    1. The mathematics content section will include concepts taught in both the elementary and secondary grades, which shall comprise at least 70 per cent of the test.
    2. The pedagogy section, which shall comprise the remainder of the test.
  10. How do I pass the test?

    To successfully complete the Mathematics Proficiency Test, the person who takes the test must obtain a mark of 70 per cent or greater in each of the two sections of the test.
  11. What happens if I fail the test?

    Applicants can rewrite the test. There is no limit to the number of attempts to pass the test.
  12. Can I be exempted from writing the test? Are there equivalencies that will count instead?

    There are no exemptions or equivalencies to the requirement to write and pass the test.
  13. How will I know if I passed the test, and how will the College receive my test results?

    Ontario faculties of education will send your test to the EQAO within five (5) days after you write the test. Within 10 days after receiving the test from the faculty of education, the EQAO will mark the test and report your results to you and, if you are successful, to the College. For further clarity, you do not have to report the result of your test to the College.
  14. Are preparation courses available?

    The EQAO is expected to develop online preparation materials, including practice tests, to support applicants. These materials are not currently available.
  15. Can College members take the test?

    Yes, College members can take the test at an Ontario faculty of education.
  16. Who can I contact if I need more information?

    Questions about the Mathematics Proficiency Test as a College certification requirement can be directed to the College at (416) 961-8800 and info@oct.ca.

    Questions about the content and development of the Mathematics Proficiency Test can be communicated to the Education Quality and Accountability Office at 1-888-327-7377 or info@eqao.com.

    For general information about the Ontario’s efforts to strengthen math skills for all students in Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.

  17. Why was the test introduced?

    On August 20, 2019 two regulations were filed: Regulation 271/19, Proficiency in Mathematics, under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, and Regulation 272/19, Objects of the Office under the Education Quality and Accountability Office Act, 1996. As a result certification requirements were updated to ensure that Ontario teachers are prepared for the modern demands of a changing society and increasingly dynamic learning environment.
  18. Why do teachers of all subjects and grades have to take the test?

    Math content knowledge is critical. The math questions will include concepts taught in both the elementary and secondary grades. The pedagogical questions will focus on teachers’ foundational understanding of math assessment, planning, and facilitating student learning specific to mathematics. This approach builds confidence that teachers are well prepared for teaching the mathematics curriculum, regardless of the grade assigned.

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