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English language requirements

Your English proficiency status is indicated in your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal.

There are a number of ways to demonstrate your English proficiency for your application to Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).

Find your requirements based on your educational background

Before you start your degree program at TMU, will you complete four years of full-time study at the high school level in:

  1. Canada
  2. Another country where English is the first language (please refer to the list of exempt countries/territories)
  3. A school where English is the primary language of instruction

If you answered yes to any of the above, you are not required to write an English language proficiency test.

Before you start your degree program at TMU, will you: 

  1. Successfully complete a two or three-year diploma program at a public, accredited college where English is the first language of the country (see the list of exempt countries/territories) and the language of instruction at the institution (program/courses cannot be EAL/ESL).
  2. Successfully complete one year of full-time, degree-level study at an accredited university where English is the first language of the country (see the list of exempt countries/territories) and the language of instruction at the institution (courses cannot be EAL/ESL)

If you answered yes to any of the above, you are not required to write an English language proficiency test.

You are not required to write an English language proficiency test if you complete one of the following qualifications before you start your degree program at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU):

Acceptable qualifications


Requirements for all undergraduate programs

Advanced Placement (AP) College Board Examination

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English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition with a final grade of 4 or better.

Caribbean Examinations Council English courses

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A final grade of A (I) or B (II) in CSEC English

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE/AICE English courses

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A minimum final grade of “B” (“6” in reformed qualifications) 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 English or English Language

International Baccalaureate English

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A minimum score of “4” (predicted or final) in Higher or Standard Level English A: Literature, or English A: Language and Literature. HL English B is not acceptable

English Language Pathway Programs offered by the English Language Institute English Language Pathway Programs at the English Language Institute are open to academically qualified students who have achieved English proficiency test scores that do not meet Toronto Metropolitan University's English language requirements. Visit the English Language Institute for more information about pathway programs, requirements and how to apply.

 Exempt countries/territories

You are not required to provide English language test results if you have completed four years of full-time study at the high school level in one of the following countries/territories:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas 
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Islands
  • Pitcairn
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • St. Chad / Christopher / Kitts / Nevis
  • St. Helena
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wake and Midway Islands
  • Wales
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Undergraduate degree programs - minimum English proficiency requirements

Requirements reflect overall scores. There are no minimum requirements for band scores (e.g. reading, writing, speaking, listening). Subject to change. Use as a guideline only.

 

Required Score for all Engineering programs and all Science programs except Computer Science and Architectural Science

Required Score for all other TMU programs, including Computer Science and Architectural Science

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

60

70

Official results must be sent to us by the testing service.

Cambridge Assessment English

180 and above on C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency

180 and above on C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency

Use the “Send Your Results” function of the Candidate Results portal to send your results to Toronto Metropolitan University (candidates.cambridgeenglish.org (external link, opens in new window) ). 

Duolingo English Test

120

120

Official results must be sent to us electronically by Duolingo. 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

6.5

6.5

Official results must be sent to us electronically by the test centre. Test takers must contact the test centre where they took the test to have results sent. We do not accept results sent by surface mail or provided by the applicant.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

60

60

Official results must be sent to us electronically by Pearson.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Note: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (launched in select countries in March 2020) will be accepted.

83+ iBT

92+ iBT

Official results must be sent to us directly by ETS - TOEFL. TMU's institution code is 0886.

It is in your best interest to write your English proficiency test and have the score submitted to TMU as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered complete without your test score.

For fall 2024, the deadline date to provide a test score is April 1, 2024.

Your English proficiency status can be viewed in your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal.

If you are an international student applying for admission to winter 2024, the deadline date is November 3, 2023. Please see the list of available programs for international students

If you are applying to the fall 2023 English Boost program offered by the English Language Institute, you must provide an English proficiency test score by Friday, October 6, 2023.

You must include your complete academic history on your application (all secondary and post-secondary schools attended). Your academic transcripts must be submitted via your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal (with the exception of current Ontario secondary school students) in order for us to verify your English proficiency.

All applicants, including those who must submit proof of English language proficiency, are required to present a senior level English course (equivalent to a Grade 12 U English course in Ontario). TMU will not accept Grade 12 U English, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), or equivalent in lieu of a test of English language proficiency.

TMU reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency, in the form of an English language test score or alternate documentation, from any applicant regardless of background.

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