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English Language Requirements

RTEP registration for Fall 2015 is now closed.

The next RTEP testing for Winter 2016/Fall 2016 admission will commence in December 2015.

Applicants from a country where English is not the first language, or where English is an official language but not the first language, including applicants who have resided in Canada for four calendar years or less (i.e. official date of entry to Canada was on or after January 1, 2011 for Fall 2015), are required to present proof of English Language Proficiency at a satisfactory level. Generally speaking, applicants who meet these requirements are invited to register for and write the Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP) on the Ryerson campus or submit alternate English language proficiency test results (TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB/CAEL/PTE). Detailed directions are provided in the panels below. Briefly, these applicants must complete the following steps when they receive an English Proficiency invitation in their applicant account:


Activate Ryerson Online Identity at When asked for Student/Applicant ID, enter Ryerson Number. Keep a record of user name and password.

24 hours later, log on to and click on the RAMSS tab.

Select "RTEP Registration" to select your Ryerson Test of English Proficiency test date or select "Other EP" to indicate the date that alternate test results (TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB/CAEL/PTE) will be received by Ryerson from the testing centre.


You are strongly encouraged to complete your English language proficiency test and arrange for official test results to be submitted by April 1st or earlier.

Requirements for admission must be completed or in progress at the time of application. The assessment of an application is based on the information available at the time of application review. Ryerson will not accept English 12U or equivalent in lieu of a test of English language proficiency.

Applicants with citizenship from some countries are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency; view a list of countries from which applicants are exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency.

Ryerson offers online and in-class preparatory English language courses through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education to help applicants prepare for English language proficiency tests.

Ryerson offers the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program for applicants who are academically qualified to apply for admission to an undergraduate degree program, but do not meet the minimum English Proficiency (EP) requirements. Minimum EP results for the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program are indicated on the Chang School Application Information page.

Invited applicants who are required to provide proof of English language proficiency should register for and write the RTEP as soon as possible. There are a number of test dates scheduled, including dates that precede application deadlines, to assist applicants in providing acceptable test results, which are part of a complete application, in a timely manner. Writing a test later may delay an admission decision, as decisions are made subject to admission requirements, competition, and space availability. An applicant’s RTEP result takes precedence over an applicant’s alternate English language proficiency test results.

How to Register for the RTEPPDF

I Have Already Registered for RTEP - What Do I Do Now?PDF

Answers to Common Questions about RTEPPDF



Invited applicants may submit alternate English language proficiency test results, which include Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Ryerson institution code 0886), International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), or Pearson Test (PTE) results. Applicants should write tests as early as possible. Applicants must arrange for official results to be forwarded by the applicable agency / testing centre as soon as possible directly to Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at Ryerson within application deadlines. Ryerson will not accept test results submitted by the applicant or any other means.

The name, date of birth and other personal information on an Official Proficiency Test Score must match the information provided on the application for admission form. If there is a discrepancy, the results may not be matched to the application.


How to Submit an Alternate Test of English Language ProficiencyPDF


(Subject to change. Use as guidelines only.)

  • Creative Industries
  • Journalism
  • Professional Communications
  • Media Production
  • Sport Media
  • 580 Paper-based
  • 92-93 Internet-based
90 6.5 70 60
  • All Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science programs except Architectural Science
  • All Faculty of Science programs except Computer Science
  • 560 Paper-based
  • 83-87 Internet-based
85 6.5 60 60
All other Ryerson programs
  • 580 Paper-based 
  • 92-93 Internet-based
85 6.5 70 60
Ryerson ESL Foundation Program
  • 520 Paper-based 
  • 68 Internet-based
70 5.0 50 50

Ryerson offers* online and in-class preparatory English language courses through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. These courses will be of special interest to those planning to write the Ryerson Test of English Proficiency or an alternate English language proficiency test.

In addition, applicants whose English language test results do not meet the requirements of their program choice(s) may take one of these course, as applicable, and afterwards be given the opportunity to write (or re-write) the Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP). Consideration or reconsideration for your program choice(s) will be subject to admission requirements, competition, and space availability. For example, an applicant writes the RTEP but their test results are too low for their program choice(s). They successfully complete COEN210, 220 or COEN410, 420, as applicable. They are given the opportunity to write the RTEP again. They are then reconsidered for their program choice(s) subject to admissions requirements, competition, and space availability.


*Course availability subject to minimum enrolment requirements.

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