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. Learn more.

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)

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

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

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

Caribbean Examinations Council English courses

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

Duolingo English Test

The minimum requirement is an overall score of 120. Subscore results must be submitted. Results from tests completed before July 15, 2019 will not be accepted. For information, visit the Duolingo English Test website.

English Language Diagnosis and Assessment/Certificate of Proficiency in English (ELDA/COPE)

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

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. Learn about Green Path - China or Green Path - Hong Kong.

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. Learn more.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

A minimum overall band 6.5 with no band below 6.0. (Note: We do not accept the IELTS Indicator test.) Learn more.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)  The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part score below 80. We do not require the optional MELAB Oral test. (Note: this test is no longer available as of June 2018.) Learn more.

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. (Note: Results from the Special Home Edition of the Internet-based Test (launched in select countries in March 2020) will be considered.) 

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

University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Academic English course

A minimum grade of “B” in English Language 60 or 60/Advanced Level. Learn more.

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. Learn more about Academic English.