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English Language Requirements

New for fall 2021:

Ryerson has new English language requirements for admission to our undergraduate and foundation programs.

 Before you start your degree program at Ryerson:

  1. Will you complete four years of full-time study at the high school level in Canada or in a country where English is the first language (see list below), or in a school where English is the primary language of instruction?
  2. Will you successfully complete a two or three-year diploma program (non-ESL) at a public Ontario College?
  3. Will you successfully complete one year of full-time study (non-ESL, degree-level courses) at an accredited university where English is both the first language of the country (see list below) and language of instruction at the institution?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, you are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Other criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you answered NO to all of the questions above, you are required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Acceptable tests and scores, as well as submission instructions, are listed below.

Your application for admission must include your full academic history (all secondary and post-secondary schools attended). All academic transcripts must be submitted via your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal (except OUAC 101 applicants) in order for us to verify the above.

Ryerson reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency, in the form of an acceptable English language test score or alternate documentation, from any applicant or admitted student (regardless of background).

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). Ryerson 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.

 List of exempt countries

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 Ryerson programs, including Computer Science and Architectural Science

Required Score for the International University Foundation Program

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

60

70

Applicants must achieve the test score required for their subject of major interest.

Official results must be sent to us directly 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

Applicants must achieve the test score required for their subject of major interest.

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

Duolingo English Test

115

115

115

Ryerson will continue to accept Duolingo English Test for admission consideration for fall 2021. Official results must be sent to us directly by Duolingo. 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.5

6.5

Applicants must achieve the test score required for their subject of major interest.

Official results must be sent to us directly by the test centre.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

60

60

Applicants must achieve the test score required for their subject of major interest.

Official results must be sent to us directly 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.

83-87 iBT

92-93 iBT

Applicants must achieve the test score required for their subject of major interest.

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

Other Acceptable Qualifications


Requirements for all Undergraduate Programs and the International University Foundation Program

Advanced Placement (AP) College Board Examination

Upload your academic transcripts in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.

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

Caribbean Examinations Council English courses

Upload your academic transcripts in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.

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

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE/AICE English courses

Upload your academic transcripts in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.

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

Upload your academic transcripts in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.

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

It is in your best interest to complete your English proficiency test and have the score submitted to Ryerson as soon as possible. The deadline date to provide a test score is April 1, 2021. Your application will not be considered complete until this information is received.

Your English proficiency status can be viewed in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.

Are you academically qualified for an undergraduate program but lack the minimum English requirements? The Ryerson ESL Foundation Program could be for you! This program combines intensive English language instruction with undergraduate course work. Students who complete the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program are admitted to a degree program with at least one undergraduate course credit.

You can apply directly for admission to the ESL Foundation Program at any time. If your application to an undergraduate degree program is denied because your test results do not meet our requirements, consider amending your existing application or adding this as a program choice.

Ryerson ESL Foundation Program - Minimum English Proficiency Result Requirements

Subject to change. Use as a guideline only.

 

ESL Foundation Program 

1 Semester*

winter, spring, fall entry 

ESL Foundation Program

2 Semester 

winter, fall entry  

ESL Foundation Program

3 Semester

fall entry only

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

60

N/A

50

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

Cambridge Assessment English

169-179 on B2 First

162-168 on B2 First

154-161 on B1 Preliminary

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

Duolingo English Test

Ryerson will continue to accept Duolingo English Test for admission consideration for fall 2021. 

100-114

90-99

80-89

Official results must be sent to us directly by Duolingo.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


6.0

5.5

5.0

Official results must be sent to us directly by the test centre.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

N/A

N/A

50

Official results must be sent to us directly 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.

88-91

83-87

68-82

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

*Students commencing studies in the fall semester with an IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent) will spend the winter semester taking courses offered through Ryerson's Chang School of Continuing Education for the opportunity to earn credits towards their degree program of choice prior to beginning their full-time undergraduate enrolment.