English-Language Proficiency Testing

​​​If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English using one of the following methods. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.

​You must arrange for your test score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The only test for which U of T will accept paper scores is MELAB (see below).​
 

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey
USA, 08541-6151
www.toefl.org

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Students must arrange for their score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The institution code for U of T is 0982. There is no need to specify a department.

​Academic Division

​​Minimum Score Requirement
(Including TWE or Essay Rating Score Requirement*)​

​Paper-Based Test and TWE 

Internet-Based Test (IBT)​​

​Humanities

Overall Score: 580​​​
TWE: 5
Overall Score: 93
Writing/Speaking: 22

Social Sciences

Overall Score: 580​​
TWE: 5
Overall Score: 93
Writing/Speaking: 22
Physical and Engineering Sciences Overall Score: 580​​
TWE: 4
Overall Score: 93
Writing/Speaking: 22

Life Sciences

Overall Score: 580​​
TWE: 5
Overall Score: 93
Writing/Speaking: 22
*Consult the department to which you are applying to determine if a minimum higher score is required.
 

2. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

English Language Institute (ELI)
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
U.S.A., 48109-1057
www.cambridgemichigan.org/melab

Required score: 85.

Applicants should arrange with MELAB to have their scores sent to the following address: University of Toronto, Enrolment Services, 172 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 0A3.  MELAB does not send scores to institutions electronically, therefore you must consider the time it takes for mail to be sent by post. 

3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge, UK CB12EU
www.ielts.org

(Applicants may also contact their nearest British Council Office.)

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic) with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules.  It is the Reading and Writing components that differ.  The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

After you have taken the test, please arrange with the testing agency to send your score electronically to the University of Toronto, Enrolment Services. There is no need to send a paper score sheet.​

4. The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

COPE Testing Limited
7B Pleasant Boulevard
PO Box 1164
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1K2
info@copetest.com
www.copetest.com

Required score: 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component).

After you have taken the test, please arrange with COPE to send your score electronically to the University of Toronto, Enrolment Services. There is no need to send a paper score sheet. 

International ESL Program
School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street, Suite 4-106
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V5
http://english.learn.utoronto.ca/

Required score: a final grade of B in Level 60.

The English Language Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, offers a 12-week intensive Academic English Course for individuals preparing for degree studies at the graduate level.

The Academic English Course is a certified, full-time intensive program focusing on the development of strategies for academic writing, reading, speaking and listening. Learning involves strategies for writing accurate, organized and well-developed reports, responses and essays. Students’ reading comprehension, oral communication skills, listening facility and not​e-taking skills are developed to be commensurate with the academic standards for which the University of Toronto is known.

6. Graduate International Foundation Program (Grad IFP)

The Graduate International Foundation Program (Grad IFP) in a unique offering that combines conditional acceptance to a Master of Engineering Program (MEng) at the University of Toronto with intensive English language instruction and a half credit course. The Grad IFP is an opportunity available to academically qualified international students whose English proficiency scores do not meet the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies entrance requirements. Successful completion of the Grad IFP guarantees admission to the Master of Engineering program. Note: Grad IFP is a pilot project for Master of Engineering Program (MEng) students only.​

Exemptions

You are not required to complete an English-language proficiency test if you are a Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.

If you are an international applicant whose primary language is not English, you may not be required to complete an English-language proficiency test if you have completed a degree program at a university where the language of instruction and examination has largely been in English. This is at the discretion of the graduate unit to which you have applied. If you are such an international applicant, consult the graduate unit to which you are applying to determine if the test will be required. An official statement from your institution will be required, confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination. ​