Proof of English Facility

Applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to provide proof of English facility. Official score reports, or electronic data submitted directly from the testing agency, for acceptable recognized English Facility tests must be received by the Faculty by June 1, 2018 for consideration for admission in September 2018.

English Language Facility

The following table illustrates the types of applicant who will be required to present proof of English facility.

First Language
English You are not required to provide proof of English facility
French How many years have you studied in the Canadian school system?
     Four years or more of full-time study achieving satisfactory academic progress.
     You are not required to provide proof of English facility.
     Less than four years satisfactory full-time study.
     You must present proof of English facility.
Language other than English or French How many years have you studied in an English language school system in a country where the dominant language is English?
     Four years or more of full-time study achieving satisfactory academic progress.
     You are not required to provide proof of English facility.
     Less than four years satisfactory full-time study.
     You must present proof of English facility.

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 June 1, 2018.

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. However, this applies only to students who are, or were, registered at the University of Toronto as degree students and does NOT apply to visiting students (i.e. students taking courses at the University of Toronto on a letter of permission).

As well, please note that most testing agencies will not issue scores older than two years. As a result, you must arrange for re-testing if you are not, or have never been, a registered degree student at the University of Toronto and your scores are older than two years.

The following test results are acceptable:

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE)

  • Internet-based Test: Minimum Requirement of total score of 100 + 22 on Writing section
  • Paper–based Test: Minimum Requirement of total score of 600 + 5.0 on TWE (Those who present the paper-based TOEFL must ensure that the Test of Written English (TWE) is also available on their test date)

Results are reported electronically to the university. The TOEFL Institution Code for undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto is 0982-00. You must indicate this code correctly on the TOEFL forms to ensure that we will be able to access the results electronically.

Website:  www.ets.org/toefl
Email: toefl@ets.org
Phone: (609) 771-7100

2. 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 are reported electronically from IELTS.   General Training test is not acceptable.

Website: www.ielts.org
Email: ielts@cambridgeesol.org
Telephone: +44 (0) (1223) 553355

English Testing Canada is also a registered IELTS testing centre: English Testing Canada
455 Spadina Ave, Unit 401, Toronto, ON M5S 2G8
Tel: 416-946-3942
Website:  www.myetc.ca; Email: info@myetc.ca

IELTS testing is also offered on the University of Toronto at Mississauga campus.  Details are available at:
http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/ielts-international-english-language-testing-system

3. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part score below 80. We do not require the optional MELAB Oral Test.

Website:  www.cambridgemichigan.org/melab
Email: info@cambridgemichigan.org
Tel: 734-615-9629

4. 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.

Website:  www.copetest.com
E-mail: info@copetest.com
Telephone: (416) 962-2673

Complete information, including a downloadable registration form, is available at www.copetest.com.

5. Academic English Level 60 Course completed at English Language Program, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

The minimum requirement is a grade of ‘B’.

Website:  www.learn.english.utoronto.ca
Email: learn.english@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-5104

6. Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment

  • The minimum requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.

Website:  www.cael.ca
Email:  info@cael.ca

7. CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

  • The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5 and no part below 4.

Website: www.Cantest.uottawa.ca
Email:  cantest@uOttawa.ca

For testing agencies that do not provide electronic score reports to the University of Toronto, a hard copy version of test results should be sent to the Faculty directly from the testing agency to:

Attn:  PharmD Admissions Office
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
144 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 3M2