English is the language of instruction and examination at the University of Toronto. Success in our degree programs requires a high level of English language proficiency. Applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to provide proof of English facility by providing acceptable scores in one of the recognized English Facility tests. If your first language (i.e. the language you learned at home as a child) is not English, but you have studied in English (for at least four years full-time, in a country where the dominant language is English) you may qualify for exemption from the English facility requirement.
Electronic data (or official score reports if the testing agency is not among those who submit electronically) must be sent directly from the testing agency and must be received by May 27, 2024 for consideration for admission in September 2024.
English Language Facility
The following table illustrates the types of applicant who will be required to present proof of English facility.
|English||You are not required to provide proof of English facility|
Four years or more of full-time study in a Canadian school system achieving satisfactory academic progress.
|Language other than English or French||
Four years or more of full-time study, in an English language school system in a country where the dominant language is English, achieving satisfactory academic progress.
Information about English Language Testing
- Applicants required to present proof of English facility must arrange to take one of the acceptable tests listed below in time for the official test scores to be sent directly from the testing agency to the Faculty no later than May 27, 2024.
- Please note that some test results are not available for up to six weeks after the test date. As a result, it is recommended you choose an early test date to allow your scores to be received well in advance of the deadline. 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.
- If you are, or have ever been, a registered degree student at the University of Toronto you are not required to present an English facility test score for admission consideration for the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy since you have already satisfied the University of Toronto English facility requirement. This does not apply to visiting students (i.e. non-degree students taking courses at the University of Toronto on a letter of permission).
- Most testing agencies will not issue scores older than two years. If your tests results are older than two years, you must arrange for re-testing if your official scores were not already reported to U of Toronto
- We do not accept letters of reference in place of one of the requirements listed below
Acceptable English Language Tests
For testing agencies that do not provide electronic score reports, a hard copy version of test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to:
Attn: PharmD Admissions Office
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
144 College Street
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE)
- Internet-based Test (including Home Edition): minimum requirement of total score of 100 + 22 on Writing
- We do not accept TOEFL Essentials, TOEFL ITP or ‘TOEFL ITP Plus for China’ or TOEFL MyBest (Super-scored) test results.
- Results must be reported electronically to the university from ETS-TOEFL. The institution code for the University of Toronto is 0982-00.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module
- The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Results must be reported electronically from IELTS. Select ‘University of Toronto (Undergraduate and Graduate programs)’ from the list of options.
- We do not accept paper results. Contact your IELTS test centre directly to arrange for your scores to be set electronically to U of Toronto via the IELTS Results Service. All test centres worldwide are able to transmit scores to our system. You must provide the following information to the test centre when submitting your request:
- IELTS Results Service Account Name: University of Toronto – Undergraduate and Graduate programs
- IELTS Results Service Account address: 172 St. George St, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 0A3 (note this is not a mailing address for documents for your PharmD application)
- U of T receives IELTS results on an ongoing basis.
- Note the IELTS General Training test or Indicator test are not acceptable.
- 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. Results must be sent to U of T electronically by the testing service.
- University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies “Academic English” course
- The minimum requirement is a grade of ‘B’ at the 60/Advanced level.
- Upon successful completion of the Academic English Level 60 course, you must ask the English Language Program office to send the results electronically to University Admissions and Outreach (formerly Enrolment Services). Additionally, request that an official hard-copy of the score results be sent to our PharmD office by mail (refer to PharmD applicant site for mailing address).
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
- The minimum requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.
The official final results must be mailed to us directly by the testing service.
- 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: englishtest.duolingo.com
To send your results, log in to your Duolingo English Test account and use the “Send Results” function to forward your results to “University of Toronto – Undergraduate”. It is suggested that you wait until after March 1st, of the year for which you are applying, to send your scores as the U of Toronto ID, which you will be prompted to add, may not be available until after this date.