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Math Proficiency Test

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE UPDATE

June 11, 2021

The Ministry of Education has recently extended the current deadline to fulfill the Math Proficiency Test (MPT) condition from August 31, 2021 to December 31, 2021 for applicants who have completed an Ontario teacher education program.

In addition, members who currently have until August 31, 2021 to pass the MPT will see a new expiry date on their certificate. They will now have until December 31, 2021 to pass the MPT. The College must be in receipt of your test results before your certificate is set to expire.

If the College does not have confirmation that these members passed the MPT before December 31, 2021, their certificate will expire, and they will no longer be members of the College.

They will be required to pass the test and meet all other applicable certification requirements prior to re-certification.

Read the FAQs for more information.

Ontario applicants who become certified on or after January 1, 2022

In order for an Ontario applicant who is required to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test to become certified on or after January 1, 2022, they are required to pass the test before they can become certified. They cannot be certified with a condition to pass the test.

Test Availability Update

The Ministry of Education announced that the Math Proficiency Test is available to write beginning May 10, 2021 for either: those with a condition on their certificates to pass the test or those who are applicants for certification with the College. Registration for the test can be completed by visiting the Mathematics Proficiency Test site, which also contains information on test administration.

If you have a General, Transitional or Temporary Certificate of Qualification and Registration with a condition to pass the Math Proficiency Test by December 31, 2021, you must pass the test by this date otherwise your certificate will expire. There will be no extensions or exceptions. If your certificate expires, you will need to pass the test and meet all other applicable certification requirements prior to recertification.

Ontario Applicants

Ontario applicants who complete their application on or after March 31, 2020 must pass a Mathematics Proficiency Test, whether or not the application was started before that date. 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.

Ontario applicants are individuals enrolled in, or who have completed a program of professional education in Ontario. Applicants who are entitled to receive a certificate based upon satisfying requirements to become teachers of Native Languages are exempt from test requirements. There are no equivalencies.

Ontario applicants who become certified between March 31, 2020 – December 31, 2021

An Ontario applicant who is required to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test can become certified with a condition to pass the test by December 31, 2021. If they do not pass the test by December 31, 2021, their certificate will expire and there will be no extensions or exceptions. They will be required to pass the test and meet all other applicable certification requirements before re-certification.

Ontario applicants who become certified on or after January 1, 2022

In order for an Ontario applicant who is required to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Test to become certified on or after January 1, 2022, they are required to pass the test before they can become certified. They cannot be certified with a condition to pass the 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.

Further Information

Applicants are encouraged to review the FAQs providing further information about the math test requirement. Applicants are invited to check the College website frequently for updates.

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 test can be directed to the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) at 1-888-327-7377 or info@eqao.com. The Mathematics Proficiency Test website is www.mathproficiencytest.ca.

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

Quick Facts:

The Mathematics Proficiency Test is:

  • developed by the Education Quality and Accountability Office.
  • focused on math content knowledge and math pedagogy drawn from concepts taught in both the elementary and secondary grades. This section includes foundational understanding of the mathematics curriculum, assessment and evaluation practices.
  • This approach builds confidence that teachers are well prepared for teaching the mathematics curriculum, regardless of the grade assigned.
  • available in French and English.

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