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Proof of English Facility
Applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to provide proof of English facility. Official score reports from an approved test (see below) must be submitted directly from the testing agency to the PharmD for Pharmacists program and must be received prior to the admission deadline (October 15 for January start and May 15 for September start).
English Language Facility
If you answer YES to any of the following five (5) questions, you do NOT have to submit proof of English facility.
- Is your primary language (Note 1) ENGLISH?
- Are you a licensed pharmacist in any Canadian province (except Québec) or licensed in an American state (except Puerto Rico)?
- Was your undergraduate pharmacy degree (Bachelors’ degree or equivalent) instructed and evaluated in ENGLISH?
- Have you taken four (4) or more years of post-secondary education which was instructed and evaluated in ENGLISH?
- Have you previously registered at UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO in a degree granting program (Note 2)?
NOTE 1: Primary language is a language which you currently use as a pharmacist to provide patient care and may be different than a first language (mother tongue).
NOTE 2: Degree granting programs are programs which when completed will confer a Bachelors’, Masters’ or Doctoral degree and do not include programs or courses which are delivered by Continuing Education or Continuing Professional Development.
If you answered NO to all five (5) questions above, you MUST submit official score reports from an approved English facility test to the PharmD for Pharmacists Program.
Most testing agencies will not issue scores older than two years and some test results are not available for up to six weeks after the test date. It is strongly recommended you choose an early test date to allow your scores to be received well in advance of the application deadlines (October 15 for January start or May 15 for September start). Unless otherwise notified, applicants required to present proof of English facility must arrange for re-testing if they do not achieve the minimum required scores indicated below.
1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE)
- Internet-based Test: Minimum Requirement of total score of 100 + 22 on Writing section
- Paper–based Test: Minimum Requirement of total score of 600 + 5.0 on TWE (Those who present the paper-based TOEFL must ensure that the Test of Written English (TWE) is also available on their test date)
The TOEFL Institution Code for undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto is 0982-00. You must indicate this code correctly on the TOEFL forms to ensure that we will be able to access the results electronically.
TOEFL/TWE Bulletins may be obtained from American embassies or consulates, or you may contact:
2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module
- The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
For information about this test, worldwide test centres, and registration procedures, please contact:
English Testing Canada is also a registered IELTS testing centre:
3. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part score below 80.
For information bulletins and registration forms, please contact:
Cambridge Michigan Language (CaMLA)
535 West William St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, Michigan
MELAB is currently available only in Canada and USA.
4. English Language Diagnosis and Assessment/Certificate of Proficiency in English (ELDA/COPE)
- The minimum requirement is an overall score of 86, with 32 in Writing, and 22 in each of Reading and Listening.
ELDA/COPE is currently available in Toronto only. For tests taken before January 2008, the minimum requirement is an overall score of 5, with 2 in Writing, and 1 or 2 in Reading and Listening sections. ELDA/COPE
Information Bulletins with registration forms and sample questions may be picked up at Admissions and Awards, 172 St. George Street, Toronto, or by contacting:
COPE Testing Ltd.
Box 457, 7B Pleasant Blvd.
M4T 1K2 (Note: This is a mailing address only)
Telephone: (416) 962-2673
Complete information, including a downloadable registration form, is available at www.copetest.com.
5. Academic Preparation ESL Course completed at English Language Program, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.
- The minimum requirement is a grade of 'B' at the 60/Advanced level.
6. Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
- The minimum requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.
For information and registration, please visit www.cael.ca.
7. Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
- The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5 and no part below 4.
For information and registration, please visit www.Cantest.uottawa.ca.
For testing agencies that do not provide electronic score reports to the University of Toronto, a hard copy version of test results should be sent to the Faculty directly from the testing agency to:
PharmD for Pharmacists Program
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
8th floor - 144 College Street