English Language Proficiency

ECE requires proof of English language proficiency for applicants who will not have completed a degree from one of the following countries: Canada, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong*, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa**, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  • * Applicants from the Chinese University of Hong Kong are required to provide proof of English proficiency.
  • ** Some applicants from South Africa may be required to provide proof of English proficiency as not all universities teach in English.

ECE is unable to consider any applicant who does not satisfy at least the minimum English language proficiency requirement. Proof of English language proficiency must be satisfied before submitting an application.

  • An institution’s language of instruction will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency.
  • English language proficiency scores must not be older than two years at the time of application.
  • Applicants may use any one of the following methods to demonstrate English language proficiency.


Applicants may complete the internet-based (IBT) or paper-based (PBT) test.

  • For the IBT, applicants must achieve scores of at least 22/30 for each of the Writing and Speaking components of the test, and an overall score of at least 93/120.
  • For the PBT, applicants must achieve Total and TWE scores of at least 580 and 4.0, respectively.
  • Applicants must arrange for their scores 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.


An overall score of at least 7.0 on the Academic test is required, with a score of at least 6.5 in each of the four components.

  • 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.
  • Applicants must arrange with the testing agency to send their scores electronically to the University of Toronto’s Enrolment Services (Undergraduate and Graduate Programs). Paper scores will not be accepted.


A score of at least 85 is required.

  • Applicants must arrange with MELAB to have their scores sent to Enrolment Services, University of Toronto. MELAB does not send scores to institutions electronically, therefore you must consider the time it takes for mail to be sent by post.


 An overall score of at least 76 is required, with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component.

  • Applicants must arrange with COPE to send their scores electronically to the University of Toronto, Enrolment Services. Paper scores will not be accepted.

School of Continuing Studies Academic English Course

A final grade of at least B in Level 60 is required.

  • 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 note-taking skills are developed to be commensurate with the academic standards for which the University of Toronto is known.