English Language Proficiency

The iSchool reserves the right to require evidence of English language proficiency from any applicant educated outside Canada, whose first language is not English. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting an acceptable score from one of several English language competency tests.
For graduate programs consult the UofT School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website for information on available tests. Note that the iSchool may require scores higher than the SGS language competency scores (see iSchool minimum scores below). This requirement must be met before the Admissions Committee will review an application.

Rationale

  • Programs at the Faculty of Information are language-intensive
  • Some courses may use English in very particular philosophical and nuanced ways
  • Students are expected to function smoothly and subtly in both written and verbal English
  • Students are also expected to be English-language proficient in one-on-one interactions, group work, formal presentations, and in electronic communication media
  • For these reasons, the iSchool may require scores higher than the SGS language competency scores
  • Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years

Acceptable Tests & iSchool Minimum Scores

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
Institution Code for U of T Graduate Studies: 0982-00
  • Internet-based Test (iBT)
    overall score: 107/120
    speaking section: 24/30
    writing section: 27/30
  • Paper-based Test
    overall score: 600
    Test of Written English (TWE): 5.5
IELTS – International English Language Testing System
overall score: 8.0 (Academic)
MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
overall score: 95
COPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English
overall score: 95
writing component: 41
each of the other components: 27
English Language Program, UofT School of Continuing Studies
overall score: ‘A’ in Level 60 in Academic English