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English language proficiency

All applicants are required to give evidence of their oral and written proficiency in English. Applicants who meet all admission requirements, including English proficiency, at the time of application will be given first priority consideration. We encourage applicants to register for an English language proficiency test prior to the application deadline.

This requirement may be satisfied with one of the following criteria:

Formal full-time study in English

You have studied full-time for at least three years (or equivalent in part-time studies) in a university degree program where the language of instruction and examination was English, or you have completed a university degree program where the language of instruction and examination was English. UOIT may ask you to provide official verification of the aforementioned. Please note: The minimum three-year requirement does not include full-time enrolment in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at UOIT

You have successfully completed the required levels of an approved English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program that has been designed for university preparation. In collaboration with UOIT departments and faculties, the English Language Centre (ELC) delivers a high-quality, focused English program for you to be able to seamlessly enter your UOIT graduate program. The ELC curriculum will place you in relevant language-learning contexts and real-life situations, and will provide you with opportunities to develop the skills needed to succeed in post-secondary education and in a multicultural world.

EAP requirements for admission

  • Graduate programs in the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health Sciences: all levels of EAP must be completed
  • Graduate programs in all other faculties: level 5 of EAP must be completed

Learn more about UOIT's English Language Centre

English test

You have achieved the required proficiency on one of the tests in English language acceptable to the university as listed below. We encourage applicants to register for an English language proficiency test prior to the application deadline. Test results dated more than 24 months prior to the date of the application for admission will not be considered.

An official test score is required. Applicants must arrange for original test scores to be sent directly from the testing centre to SGPS.  

It is important to note that English language proficiency requirements may be higher for employment, including teaching assistant duties.

Please note: If you take an approved English language proficiency test, its score shall prevail as the determining evidence of your English language proficiency.

English language test Minimum score
CAEL 70
(with no sub-score below 60)
IELTS 6.5 (7 for programs in Education or Health Sciences)
MELAB 85
TOEFL (Internet-based) 83 to 87 (92 to 93 for programs in Education or Health Sciences)

Minimum sub-scores:
Listening - 20
Reading - 20
Speaking - 19
Writing - 20
TOEFL (paper-based) 560 (580 for programs in Education or Health Sciences)
  • UOIT’s TOEFL code is 7178.
  • The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) only accepts IELTS scores in the Academic testing format. Scores from the IELTS General Training format will not be accepted.

First language

Your mother tongue or first language is English.

Additional options

Enrolling in an EAP program with a partner institution. Learn more.

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