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English Language Requirements

How to: Apply for English Proficiency

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, 2014 for Fall 2018), are required to present proof of English Language Proficiency at a satisfactory level. Detailed directions are provided below. Briefly, these applicants must complete the following steps when they receive an English Proficiency invitation in their applicant account:

  1. Log in to and click on the RAMSS tab.
  2. Select "English Proficiency Test."
  3. Select the English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS or CAEL) that you will be submitting and indicate the date that you anticipate that the score will be received by Undergraduate Admissions at Ryerson (typically 30 days after the day that you write the test). If you are submitting a PTE, please send an email to indicating your name, your Ryerson Student Number and the date of your test.

It is in your best interest to complete your English proficiency test and have the score submitted to Ryerson as soon as possible. If your test is not received in a timely manner, it may delay the assessment of your application.

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 PDF filelist 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 below.

Directions for Submitting an English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL, PTE)

Invited applicants may submit English language proficiency test results, which include Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, external link) (Ryerson institution code 0886), International English Language Testing Service (IELTS, external link), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB, external link), Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL, external link), or Pearson Test (PTE, external link) 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.

Minimum English Proficiency Results

(Subject to change. Use as guidelines only.)

  • Creative Industries
  • Journalism
  • Professional Communication
  • 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
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

*Higher scores may be required, subject to competition.

Ryerson ESL Foundation Program

Are you academically qualified for an undergraduate program but lack the minimum English requirements? The Ryerson ESL Foundation Program program can help.

The 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.

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