Technical Readiness Process

Board IT leads will be granted access to an account in EQAO’s e-assessment platform. This account will provide access to technical readiness guides, as well as to secure information (such as the SEB/Kiosk-configuration files and passwords) that applies to all schools in the board. Each school board will have access to up to two board IT accounts. An invitation to complete the creation of the account will be sent to the two IT contacts who have been previously identified to EQAO. If you do not have access to your board IT account and are, or should be, one of the two assigned EQAO board IT contacts, e-mail EQAO at info@eqao.com.

The board IT account contains a Network Readiness Checklist with specific network, bandwidth and device-configuration tasks that need to be completed for the schools in the board to be able to administer the assessment.

Likewise, before school administrators and teachers can start administering assessments, they must complete a Technical Readiness Checklist. This checklist ensures that all schools meet the technical requirements to administer the assessment.

In addition to giving access to the Network Readiness Checklist, the board IT accounts allow board IT personnel to monitor scheduled and ongoing assessment sessions at the schools in their board. Board IT professionals can see the classes scheduled to write, which school they are from, their scheduled date and time, the associated teacher/invigilator and the status of each assessment session.

School administrators should consult their designated board IT professional to confirm details relating to the technical requirements. Below is the Technical Readiness Checklist that school administrators will need to complete:

The school or the school board has added “no-reply@eqao.vretta.com” to its safe sender e-mail settings list (this may be required for the creation of teacher accounts).
All classes/groupings used for the assessment are reflected in the data.Review Classes/Groupings
All teachers have been invited and have access to their accounts.Review Teacher Accounts
All participating students are listed, with correct information.Review Student Information
The accommodation needs of each student are reflected.Review Student Accommodations
All devices have been configured to run the assessment with the appropriate lockdown browser software installed (to be completed with the support of IT Staff).
Select all that apply below.

If using Windows, Mac or iPad devices:
• The Safe Exam Browser (SEB) software has been installed or imaged on these devices. Note: Version 2.4.1 of the SEB must be installed for Windows, and version 2.2.2 must be installed for Mac and iPad devices.
• The SEB-configuration file has been made available to the school’s technical specialist to be downloaded or pushed onto these devices.
• Alternative access will be used to provide accommodations for some students.
 
If using Chromebook or Android devices:
• The Kiosk application has been installed for these devices and teachers can enable it prior to the assessment.
• Alternative access will be used to provide accommodations for some students.

The installation and validation of the SEB software or Kiosk application on the testing devices should be the responsibility of your school or school board’s IT representative.
Technical Readiness Process

Download SEB Software
Download SEB Configuration File
Access SEB Password


Link to Kiosk Extension
Download Kiosk Policy Document
Access Kiosk Password

Direct Link to Assessment (for students using assistive technology only)
The school board has confirmed the technical readiness and availability of the school network (this will be checked when completed by the board IT representative).