The TOEFL is the most common of
the English Assessment tests.
If English isn’t your first language, Canadian universities and colleges may require you to write an English proficiency test to demonstrate your understanding of the language. The requirements for each post-secondary school vary, so be sure to check what your requirements are.

If you took ENG4U (i.e., university-level English) or an equivalent course in high school, and the language of instruction at your high school was English, you may not have to take the tests below. Be sure to check with your university to make sure you meet their English requirements!

The most common and widely-accepted test is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test has two forms: paper-based and internet-based. The paper-based version of the test includes a Test of Written English (TWE), while everything is rolled into one on the internet-based test (called the iBT).

TOEFL/TWE and the iBT are offered on several dates in a number of places in Canada, the United States and elsewhere.

For a testing centre near you, click here, or visit the TOEFL main website.

Other tests you have the option of taking are listed below. Keep in mind that, unlike TOEFL, not all these tests are necessarily accepted by all post-secondary institutions, so make sure it’s accepted at yours!

MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery – offered in Canada and the US only.
IELTS – International English Language Testing Service – offered by British Council Offices outside of Canada and the US.
CanTEST – offered in Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan
AEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment – offered in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, as well as in many countries internationally.
ELDA/COPE – English Language Diagnosis and Assessment/Certificate of Proficiency in English – currently offered only in Toronto.

Below is a list of several of the most popular universities and colleges in Ontario, along with links to their English Proficiency Requirements. Please be sure to check out the requirements to of your university to see which tests are acceptable and which are not, or to see if you meet their requirements without needing to take one of the above tests.