The test was developed to figure out the quality of education that Ontario's students are getting.
Yes you have to take this test. Every student in Ontario has to take the EQAO test. If you are in:
- Grades 3 and 6, EQAO tests your skills in mathematics, writing, and reading.
- Grade 9, EQAO tests math only.
- Grade 10, EQAO tests literacy (your ability to read, write and understand English). This is the most important test. See below for details.
The EQAO test will not affect your school marks, but you should make a good effort when writing your EQAO tests. The results help the government make improvements to the school system.
Why is the literacy test important?
If you don’t pass your literacy test, you will not be allowed to graduate. This EQAO test happens in Grade 10. Students who fail their literacy test will be allowed to take it again in Grade 11.
Are you having trouble passing the test?
If you have failed the test once, you can take the OSSLC (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course). If you pass this course, it will make up for taking the literacy test again. Speak to your guidance counsellor to find out more about this course.
If you are an ESL student, you only need to take the test if you are in SL-D level.
How do I study for this test?
You can do two things to prepare yourself:
- Ask your teachers any questions about EQAO and literacy tests. They can help you plan to do well on your EQAO test.
- Do some practice exercises on the EQAO website.