English Language Facility

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At U of T Scarborough, we consider your admission based on academic qualifications along with evidence of English language proficiency. Proof of English language facility is required from all undergraduate applicants except for those:

  • Whose first language (i.e., the language they learned at home as a child) is English, or
  • Who have achieved satisfactory academic progress in at least four years of full-time study in an English-language school system located in a country where the dominant language is English, or
  • Whose first language is French and who have achieved satisfactory academic progress in at least four years of full-time study in Canada.

Acceptable English Facility Tests

Minimum Score(s)

Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency

A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component.

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)

A minimum overall score of 70, with no part below 60.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

A minimum total score of 4.5, with no part below 4.

Caribbean Examinations Council English courses

A final grade of A(I) or B (II) in CSEC English.


A minimum overall score of 86, with 32 in Writing and 22 in each of Reading and Listening.

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE/AICE English courses

A minimum final grade of “B” (“6” in reformed qualifications) in GCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level English, English Language, or English as a Second Language; OR a minimum final or predicted grade of “C” in GCE A Level/AS Level/AICE English or English Language.

Green Path Program at U of T Scarborough

Successful completion of the program.

International Baccalaureate English

A minimum score of at least 4 (predicted or final) in Higher Level or Standard Level English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature. English B Higher Level is not acceptable.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

A minimum overall band 6.5 with no band below 6.0.

Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology

A three-year diploma (Advanced Diploma) or Applied Degree in an academic program at an

Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology with minimum overall grades of “B+”.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-based test: A minimum total score of 100 + 22 on Writing.

Paper-based test: Tests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Academic English course

A minimum grade of “B” at the 60/Advanced Level.

University Studies

One full year or four full transferable degree courses at a recognized English-medium university located in a country where English is the dominant language, with minimum grades of “C”.

For more information about these tests, other options and how to submit your test scores, please visit the English Language Requirements page on future.utoronto.ca.

Academic English

The University of Toronto Scarborough also offers Academic English, a summer language program for newly admitted students whose English proficiency scores are below the minimums required for direct admission. Admission to this program is competitive. Applicants must be highly qualified academically and need to satisfy the English Facility admission requirement. Applicants who are eligible for this program will receive a conditional offer of admission to U of T Scarborough and an invitation to register for Academic English.