English Language Proficiency Testing

As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. It is important that these students follow policies on ELP testing requirements and take one of the required tests for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application.

Electronically reported test scores should be sent directly by the testing agency to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services). The only test for which U of T will accept paper scores is MELAB (see below).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey
USA, 08451-6151

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.

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.

Minimum Score Requirements:

Paper-Based Test with TWE:       Overall Score 580 and TWE score of at least 5
Internet-Based Test (IBT): Overall Score 93 with Writing/Speaking 22

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

English Language Institute (ELI)
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
USA, 48109-1057

Required score: 85

Applicants should arrange with MELAB to have their scores sent to the following U of T address. MELAB does not send scores to institutions electronically, therefore you must consider the time it takes for mail to be sent by post.

University of Toronto, Enrolment Services
172 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5R 0A3

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge, UK CB12EU

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’s Admission and Enrolment Services (Undergraduate and Graduate Programs). There is no need to send a paper score sheet.

The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COP)

COPE Testing Limited
7B Pleasant Boulevard
PO Box 1164
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1K2

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.

Academic Preparation Course

International ESL Program
School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street, Suite 4-106
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V5

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


Normally, if applicants meet any one of the following conditions, they are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English. Please do not assume you are exempt from providing an ELP test, check with the Program to be sure.

  • • A Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French
  • • Has obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Toronto and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English
  • • Completed a degree in one of the following countries: 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.

*** While textbooks and research materials used at universities in Puerto Rico are often in English, Spanish is the language of instruction in some universities.

The language of instruction and examination must be verified by the graduate unit and/or the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.