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English Language Proficiency Requirement

You must provide proof of English language proficiency if:

Your primary language is not English and you (will) have graduated from a university/college where the language of instruction and assessment (e.g. examination and papers) is not English.

You are exempt from the English Language Requirement if:

You are a Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.

Countries Where English is the Language of Instruction & Assessment
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.

*Exception: Chinese University of Hong Kong graduates are required to provide proof of English-language proficiency.
If you are an international applicant whose primary language is not English, from a country not listed above and have completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction and assessment was in English, we may ask you to provide an official statement from your university/college as confirmation.

Satisfying the English Language Proficiency Requirement

You may provide proof of the English language proficiency requirement through one of the following methods:

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (PBT) which is only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries, and the Internet-based format (IBT). Students must arrange for their score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto using institution code 0982.

Minimum TOEFL Score PBT: Overall Score 580, TWE 4
Minimum TOEFL Score IBT: Overall Score 93, Writing/Speaking 22

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. Please select the Academic version as this is 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, Enrolment Services.

Minimum IELTS Score: Overall Score 7 with at least 6.5 in each section

The COPE tests are administered through the University of Toronto. After you have taken the test, please arrange with COPE to send your score electronically to the University of Toronto, Enrolment Services.

Minimum COPE Score: Overall Score 76 with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component

MELAB does not send scores to institutions electronically. Applicants should arrange with MELAB to have their scores sent to the following address: University of Toronto, Enrolment Services, 172 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 0A3.

Minimum MELAB Score: 85

*Test Score Expiry*

Test scores are valid for two years from the test date. Scores must be valid at the time of application for admission to graduate studies.