English Proficiency Testing

Proof of English Language Proficiency within the past 2 years is required for applicants:

  • whose first language is not English, and
  • did not attend a university where English was the language of instruction and examination.

Proof of English language proficiency must be provided by satisfactory performance on one of the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) [Institution Code - 0982];
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (offered through a number of location for example MELAB.ca);
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE) offered through the University of Toronto.

Minimum scores required:

  • TOEFL: Total: 100, Writing: 22, Speaking: 22
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: Overall 7.0 and 6.5 in each component
  • COPE: Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 32, Total: 86

FAQ's

Question

My English language proficiency test scores are below your required minimums. Is it possible to still be admitted to the Program with these scores?

Answer

No, you must achieve the required minimums listed in our calendar to be considered for admission.      

 

Question

My TOEFL TWE score is below the required minimum of 5.0 but my total TOEFL score exceeds the required minimum. Can I substitute another writing test for the TWE?

Answer

The University of Toronto offers the Certificate of Proficiency in English test (COPE). You can apply to write only the writing section of the COPE and if you score 2.0 or better on this section it will overtake your low TOEFL TWE score. You must write this test at the University of Toronto.      

 

Question

My TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) score does not meet your 5.0 TWE minimum requirement but my GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score meets your 4.0 minimum AWA requirement. Can my AWA score take the place of my TWE score?

Answer

No, each test score is reviewed independently of the other. You must meet our minimum requirements on both test scores.      

 

Question

For the MELAB, am I required to perform the speaking test, since it is an optional component?

Answer

Yes.      

 

Question

I sent my English language proficiency test result to the University of Toronto previously but it has now expired. Can I still use this score to be considered for admission to the Program?

Answer

No, you must write the test again if your score has expired before you have been given an offer of admission.      

 

Question

I am an international applicant whose primary language is not English. I graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction is not English. I have completed a minimum of one year of course work at a post-secondary institution where the language of instruction is English. Do I still need to write an English language proficiency test?

Answer

Yes, you must write an English language proficiency test. You can only be exempted from the English language proficiency test if you have graduated from a university degree program where the primary language of instruction was English.      

 

Question

Do the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies' ESL courses qualify an applicant for an exemption from the English language proficiency requirements?

Answer

Yes, if you complete UofT's School of Continuing Studies English Language Program, Level Academic English, Level 60 course with a grade of at least B you will be exempted from writing an English language proficiency test.