Admission Criteria for Academic English

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Admission to the Academic English program is selective. We choose applicants who are highly qualified academically, but need to satisfy the English facility admission requirement. If you are eligible for this program, you will receive a conditional offer of admission to the University of Toronto Scarborough and an invitation to register for Academic English. Only students who receive a conditional offer will be able to register.

Admission criteria:

  • Must meet the admission criteria for the academic program to which you have applied.
  • Must submit English Proficiency Test scores.

Minimum test score requirements:

Language Proficiency Test

Academic English at U of T Scarborough conditional offer eligibility

Regular U of T English requirement


(no score below 17)

(22+ on writing)


(minimum 5.5 writing, no band below 5.0)

(no band below 6.0)


(no part below 73)

(no part below 80)

Note: This test is no longer available as of June 2018.


(25 in writing)

(32 in writing, 22 in reading and listening)

IGCSE/GCSE/O-Level English/English Lang/Engl as a 2nd Language


B (6 in reformed qualification)

IB English B HL Predicted/Final


Not applicable


B result for students coming from Taiwan

Not applicable
Duolingo 110 120

Students with scores outside of these ranges or with other English language preparation may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Academic English Overview

This summer language program is for qualified students who need to satisfy their English proficiency condition.

Financial Aid for Academic English

Learn more about our financial aid options for Academic English.

Study Permits for Academic English

International students in Canada can start their studies at U of T with a valid secondary school study permit.
UTSC Student Residence
UTSC Student Residence

Housing for Academic English

Students can stay on campus in residence during the Academic English program.

Academic English Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Academic English.
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Register for Academic English

For students who have received an offer of admission to U of T Scarborough.
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Contact Academic English

Contact information for Admissions and Student Recruitment.