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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 that 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 OSSLT.

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

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 administrators will need to complete:

The school or the school board has added “no-reply@eqao.vretta.com” to its safe sender list (this may be required for the creation of teacher accounts).
All classes/groupings used for the test are reflected in the data.Review Classes/Groupings
All participating students are listed, with correct information.Review Student Information
The accommodation needs of each student are reflected.Review Student Accommodations
All teachers have been invited and have access to their accounts.Review Teacher Accounts
All devices have been configured to run the test 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.
• The SEB-configuration file has been made available to the technical specialist for the school 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 on these devices, and teachers can enable it prior to the test.
• Alternative access will be used to provide accommodations for some students.
Technical Readiness Process

Download SEB Software
Download SEB Configuration File
Access SEB Password

Link to Kiosk Extension
Download Kiosk Policy Document
Access Kiosk Password
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).

Please note: As the assigned IT professional, you will be responsible for the last three points of the checklist, namely the installation and validation of the SEB software, Kiosk application or alternative access on the testing devices.