English Language Requirements

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English is the language of instruction and examination at the University of Toronto, and success in our programs requires a high level of English language proficiency.

University of Toronto English Language Requirements

You will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency if:

  • English is not your first language (i.e. is not the first language you learned at home as a child);
  • You have not completed at least four or more years of full-time study at a recognized Canadian school that teaches in English;
  • You have not completed at least four or more years of full-time study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English;
  • Your first language is not French and you have not completed four or more years of full-time studies at a recognized Canadian school.

To qualify for an exemption from the English Language requirement:

  • Provide your full academic history on your application for admission and provide all relevant transcripts to U of T (after you have submitted your application), so that we can consider you for an exemption on the basis of these criteria.
  • If you are exempted, you will be required to present ENG4U/EAE4U or an equivalent Grade 12 English course for admission consideration.

Acceptable Tests of English Facility

If you are required to present evidence of English language facility, you can satisfy the requirement by completing one of the tests/qualifications listed below with acceptable results. We will not accept your Grade 12 English results, your results in any other English course/tests, or letters of reference from your school or employer for this purpose.

Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test only: Total score of 100 + 22 on Writing section. Electronic request code: 0982-00.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module Minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0. Electronic copies only sent from testing centre.
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Minimum overall score of 85, with no part score below 80.
International Baccalaureate English A score of at least 4 (predicted or final) in:
  • Higher or Standard Level English A: Literature, or;
  • Higher or Standard Level English A: Language and Literature.
(HL English B is not acceptable.)
  • A minimum final grade of “B” 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/CAPE English or English Language
ELDA/COPE Minimum overall score of 86, 32 in Writing, and 22 in each of Reading and Listening.

IELTS Test Centre at UTM

UTM is an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Centre and you have the option to take an IELTS test right on campus.


The Academic Culture & English (ACE@UTM) program is designed for students who have been admitted to UTM but require additional English language development. The successful completion of ACE@UTM is sometimes a condition of an offer of admission to the university – please refer to your original offer of admission if you are unsure.