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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, 2016 for fall 2020), 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 , opens in new window applicant account:

  1. Log in to , opens in new window 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 , opens in new window 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), 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.

Subject to change. Use as guideline only.

Ryerson Program
  • Creative Industries
  • Journalism
  • Professional Communication
  • Media Production
  • Sport Media
6.5 92-93 90 70 60
  • All Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science programs except Architectural Science
  • All Faculty of Science programs except Computer Science
6.5 83-87 85
60 60

All other Ryerson programs

6.5 92-93 85 70 60

*The MELAB is no longer offered by Michigan Language Assessment.

Subject to change. Use as guideline only.

Length of ESL Foundation Program
6.0 88-91 80-89 60
1 Semester* Winter, Spring, Fall
5.5 83-87 75-79
2 Semesters Winter, Fall
68-82 70-74
3 Semesters Fall only

*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 enrollment.

**The MELAB is no longer offered by Michigan Language Assessment.

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.

English Language Proficiency Reconsideration and Exemption Request Forms

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