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Provincial Government Math Proficiency Test: Updates from the Faculty of Education

From: Dean Montgomery 

Date: 2020-11-24

Update on The Government of Ontario’s Mathematics Proficiency Test

Dear Teacher Candidates,

To become certified with the Ontario College of Teachers, teacher candidates must pass the provincial government’s Mathematics Proficiency Test.  

Teacher candidates who successfully complete their program by the end of the current academic year can become certified with a condition to pass the test by August 31, 2021. If they do not pass the test by August 31, 2021, their certificate will expire and there will be no extensions.

Teacher candidates who become certified on or after September 1, 2021 (for example, those currently in the 1st year of the B.Ed. program), are required to pass the test before they become certified.  They cannot be certified with a condition to pass the test.

The provincial government is presently seeking to procure a vendor to work with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) to administer the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT). 

Plans are for the test to be offered online three times between January 2021 and August 2021 with live invigilation conducted remotely.  In certain circumstances the test may be available in-person, with onsite invigilation or live invigilation conducted remotely.  The in-person versions of the test would be offered to provide accommodation for test takers’ needs or to provide access to the MPT System to a test taker who would not otherwise have access.

We will provide further details when the provincial government makes them available.


From: Dean Montgomery 

Date: 2020-04-23

Dear Graduating (Year Two) Teacher Candidates:

An amendment has been made to Ontario Regulation 271/19 (Proficiency in Mathematics) made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 (OCTA) to authorize the Registrar of the OCT to certify, with condition, individuals who complete their application on or after March 31, 2020.

This condition stipulates that the applicant must successfully complete the MPT by August 31, 2021.

Teacher candidates who have written and successfully passed the field test are already considered to have met the MPT certification requirement and will not have this condition applied.

To provide applicants with opportunities to complete the test before the condition expires, the ministry will work with the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on options to administer the test online. The ministry is also continuing to plan for in-person administration of the MPT at test centres, once public health officials advise that it is safe to do so.

To help applicants to the OCT prepare for the MPT, EQAO will continue to include sample questions, a practice test and other resources on www.mathproficiencytest.ca to assist with preparation.


From: Dean Montgomery

Date: 2020-04-07

Dear Pre-Service Students,

All Faculties of Education in the Province of Ontario are still awaiting provincial government direction on the Math Proficiency Test (MPT).  Following field tests in February-March of 2020, the official MPT was to have been launched in April of 2020.  It is our hope that the MPT will be postponed indefinitely in light of the COVID-19 crisis, but as of today (April 7, 2020) we have no further information about whether or not the government will proceed with administration of the MPT.


From: Dean Montgomery and Associate Dean Salinitri

Date: 2020-03-18

Dear Pre-Service Students:

Please see the update below and answers to pertinent questions regarding the results of the MPT Field Test (for those who wrote it).

MPT Field Test Updates – Release of Results

When will I receive my test results?

For the MPT field test, results will be made available beginning on March 17, 2020.

How do I access the results of my test?

You will receive an e-mail letting you know that your results are available. Log in to your MPT account (click here) and click on the link under Previous Attempts which includes your attempt key and the date and time you sat for the test. All successful results from the MPT field test have been transferred to the Ontario College of Teachers. The College will indicate receipt of the successful results of the test on the Document Status Page of your College application on March 31, 2020.

How do I appeal the results of my test?

There is no appeal for the field test.


From: Dean Montgomery and Associate Dean Salinitri

Date: 2020-02-19

Dear Pre-Service Students,

We have received notification that St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology in Windsor is hosting the Math Proficiency Field Test.  There are about 150 spots available.  

As a reminder, to register for the field test, teacher applicants must complete the following:

  1. Obtain an Ontario College of Teachers application number (www.oct.ca)
  2. Create an MPT account (www.mathproficiencytest.ca
  3. Choose a test-centre location from the list below
  4. Select and register for a field-test session. If an accommodation is required, request a test session and await contact from the test-centre accessibility coordinator

From: Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)

Date: 2020-01-29

To: Teacher Candidates

Subject: Field Test Details, Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT)

Math Proficiency Field Test

Ahead of the launch of the official Mathematics Proficiency Test this spring, EQAO will be conducting field tests between February 18 and March 7, 2020, at various test centres throughout the province.

Field-Test Registration

Online registration for the field test opens on February 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. To register for the field test, teacher applicants must complete the following:

  1. Obtain an Ontario College of Teachers application number (www.oct.ca).
  2. Create an MPT account (www.mathproficiencytest.ca). 
  3. Choose a test-centre location from the list below.
  4. Select and register for a field-test session. If an accommodation is required, request a test session and await contact from the test-centre accessibility coordinator.

Field-Test Centre Locations*

  • Algonquin College–Ottawa 
  • Centennial College–Toronto 
  • Collège Boréal–Sudbury
  • Durham College–Oshawa 
  • Fleming College–Peterborough/Lindsay 
  • Georgian College–Barrie 
  • Humber College–Toronto (Etobicoke North)
  • Lambton College–Sarnia 
  • Loyalist College–Belleville 
  • Sault College–Sault Ste. Marie 
  • Seneca College–Toronto, King City, Markham 
  • Sheridan College–Mississauga
*On-site French-language support is available upon request and may be requested when teacher applicants create their online MPT account.

Field-test session dates and times will vary based on the test-centre location, and field-test applicants will be able to register for the field test starting February 3, 2020. Please note that the number of available spaces will be limited to the capacity at participating test centres and spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. More field-test locations may be added to the list above. Original photo identification will be required on the day of the field test.

Further information regarding the official test launch, including details on how to register for the test and specific dates and locations of the test centres across the province, will be shared soon.

EQAO will continue to provide updates on the development of the MPT to faculties of education throughout the province. Additionally, you can visit www.mathproficiencytest.ca for sample test questions, what you can expect on the day of the test and answers to frequently asked questions.

From: Dean Montgomery and Associate Dean Salinitri

Date: January 27, 2020

Dear Pre-Service Students:

As per recent changes to the regulations (see https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/190271), Faculties of Education will not be administering the government’s Math Proficiency Test.  It is anticipated that the Ministry of Education will contract with a third-party vendor to administer the MPT and that the first official test will be administered in April, and thereafter 4 times per year. 

All pre-service teacher education candidates are encouraged to pay close attention to www.mathproficiencytest.ca for additional updates and information.  We also strongly encourage those who may require accommodation to ensure they are registered with Student Accessibility Services specifically for test accommodation. See http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentaccessibility/.

Please see below the most recent update from EQAO pertaining to the Math Proficiency Test (MPT).

Math Proficiency Test (MPT) Update from EQAO

The launch of the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT) is scheduled for spring 2020, and EQAO is in the process of finalizing the test administration platform and test items.

Field Test

To ensure the high quality and reliability of the online test and to validate the assessment items, EQAO will be conducting field tests between February 18 and March 7, 2020, at various test centres throughout the province. A range of participants from all divisions (primary, junior, intermediate, senior and Technological Education) and with a variety of teachable subject areas is encouraged. The MPT field test is a cost-free opportunity for teacher applicants to attempt the test.

If teacher applicants attempt the field test and have a successful outcome, they will have satisfied the legislated MPT-certification requirement. However, if the teacher applicants are not yet successful on this field test attempt, their next attempt will still count as their first attempt.

Test Centre

Please note that the number of available spaces will be limited to the capacity at participating test centres, and spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Information regarding registration, test locations and dates and times of the field test will be available shortly.

Ontario College of Teachers Application Number

An Ontario College of Teachers application number is required to register for the MPT. This number is issued once an applicant opens an application with the Ontario College of Teachers.

EQAO will continue to provide updates on the MPT to faculties of education throughout the province, and you can visit www.mathproficiencytest.ca for sample test questions, what you can expect on the day of the test and answers to frequently asked questions.