English Requirements

We accept TOEFL (iBT), IELTS Academic and Duolingo English Tests only. We accept TOEFL computer-based, paper-based and Home Edition. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Scores and “Institutional Testing Program” (ITP) scores or any other English proficiency tests or examinations for exchange.

This information applies to exchange students only. If you are applying to U of T as a degree-seeking student, please see the University Registrar’s Office website (for undergraduate admissions) or the School of Graduate Studies website (for graduate admissions).

The official language of instruction at U of T is English. Unless you meet the requirements for an English language test exemption listed below, you are required to submit your English test results. Please see below for the specific requirements.

Test scores must be valid at the time of U of T’s exchange application deadline. TOEFL, IELTS Academic, and Duolingo test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

Example: If you are applying for undergraduate exchange for the September 2023 or January 2024 academic terms, you must have a valid test score from April 1, 2021 or later as the application deadline is April 1, 2023.

Minimum English requirements by Faculty

  • TOEFL (iBT): minimum 89 overall, with minimum 22 on the writing section
  • IELTS Academic: minimum overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120 and subscore results must be submitted

These results apply to the following faculties:


  • Faculty of Law:
    • TOEFL (iBT): minimum 100 overall, with minimum 25 on the reading and writing sections
    • IELTS Academic: minimum overall band of 7.0, with no band below 6.5
    • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120 with no subscore below 120

  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design:
    • TOEFL (iBT): minimum 100 overall, with minimum 22 on the writing section
    • IELTS Academic: minimum overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0
    • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120 and subscore results must be submitted

  • School of Graduate Studies:
    • TOEFL (iBT): minimum 93 overall, with minimum 22 on the writing and speaking sections
    • IELTS Academic: minimum overall band of 7.0, with no band below 6.5
    • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency (required score: 185 overall with at least 176 for each component)
    • The School of Graduate Studies is NOT accepting the Duolingo English Test as an acceptable English Language Test
    • Refer to the SGS English-Language Proficiency Testing page for details

  • Faculty of Information (Graduate Studies):
    • TOEFL (iBT): minimum 107 overall, with minimum 24 on the speaking section and 27 on the writing section
    • IELTS Academic: minimum overall band of 7.5, with minimum 7 on the speaking section and 7.5 on the writing section

Exemptions

You may be exempt from submitting an English language test score for your exchange application, if:

  1. Your home institution is located in a country where the dominant language is English: Australia, Barbados, Canada, England, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, and Wales.

  2. You have completed four or more years of full-time study in English at schools located in one of the following countries/territories (dominant language is English): Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, eSwatini (Swaziland), Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United States of America, Vanuatu, Wales, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Additional documentation may be required to qualify for an exemption.