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Top Universities in Canada: TOEFL Requirements

Are you planning to apply to universities in Canada, as well as the US? There are many world-renowned universities in Canada. In fact, the country boasts 4 of the top 100 universities in the world – the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, and the University of Montreal.

You already know you need to take the TOEFL to be admitted to top US universities, but do Canada’s top universities require TOEFL scores too? Find out in this post.

 

TOEFL Requirements at Canada’s Top 4 Universities

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1. University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is ranked #1 in Canada. It’s a huge public research university with a total enrollment of 84,556 students in the 2014 school year.

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If English is not your first language and you have completed less than 4 years at an English-speaking school, you will need to prove your English proficiency to be admitted as an undergraduate. There are many ways to prove your English abilities, and the TOEFL is one of them. The minimum required score is a 100. If you feel like you’re already proficient English speaker, you should still study for the TOEFL before you take it!

Graduate students are also required to prove their English proficiency if your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-English speaking university. The TOEFL is one of 6 options you have to prove your language skills. Generally, most programs require a minimum score of 93, however, you should consult your department’s site for the most accurate information.

 

2. University of British Columbia

UBC is ranked #2 in Canada, and #30 in the world. It’s located in Vancouver.

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Undergraduates whose first language is not English will need to prove their English language proficiency. There are nine ways to do this, and the TOEFL is one of them. If you choose to take the TOEFL, the minimum required score is a 90.

Graduate student applicants from a university outside of Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide an English language proficiency exam as part of their application. You can take the TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE or choose from one of the alternative tests. The minimum score required for the TOEFL is an 80.

 

3. McGill University

McGill is a public research university that is ranked #3 in Canada, and #44 in the world. It’s located in Montreal (which is a bilingual–French and English–city!)

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McGill requires undergrads to prove their English language proficiency, however there are a lot of ways to exempt yourself from providing this proof. You can find all of those exemptions here. Essentially, if English is not your first language and you have not completed many courses in English, you will need to prove your skills. Like other Canadian universities, there are several ways you can provide proof, and the TOEFL is one of them. You will need a minimum score of 100 for Education and Management majors, 79-80 for Music majors, and 90 for all other majors.

Graduate students will have to prove English proficiency as well, if English is not your first language and you have not studied at an English-speaking university. The TOEFL is an accepted way to prove your English abilities, and a minimum score of 86 is required for admissions.

 

4. University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is also located in the city of Montreal, and is ranked #4 in Canada, and #96 worldwide.

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Despite its close proximity to McGill, the language of instruction at the University of Montreal–or, more accurately, Université de Montréal–is French. So you don’t need to prove English proficiency to study here, but French proficiency, which is definitely not in our realm of expertise. 🙂

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87 Responses to Top Universities in Canada: TOEFL Requirements

  1. manasa February 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    goodmorning… my gre score is 300(quant-154, verbal-146, awa-4) and toefl 75. Iam a final year student of b.tech computer science stream having 73% till date. Can u suggest me some universities in USA to pursue ms in cs

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      Graduate school requirements for combined GRE and TOEFL scores can actually vary a lot, so pointing you in the right direction would take some research. This is a good question though. I’ll research this and do a post on it soon. When I do, I’ll come back and link the post here.

  2. Arshdeep kaur March 14, 2016 at 2:55 am #

    Very informative!!! Thank u so much.

  3. Rishi June 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi,
    I scored 96 in toefl and have 74.2% in my B. Tech computer science. I have 4.5 years of work experience in IT MNC product company. I am basically looking for admission in MS from canada, specially in universities like UBC or university of Toronto. Please suggest me the chances of getting admission in these universities.
    Rishi

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      Hi Rishi. Requirements for TOEFL scores and previous grades are different depending on the program, both at UBC and the University of Toronto. So you’d want to double check with individual MS programs to be sure about your chances of getting into either of those schools. What I can tell you is that your TOEFL score should be OK. Both schools require a TOEFL iBT in the low 90s for most grad programs. You’re a few points above the cutoff.

      Your 74.2% puts you at some risk of rejection. At the University of Toronto, some programs might not accept yo, while others might. At UBC, you either need a 76% average in your bachelor studies, OR an 80% grade in at least twelve credits of study from your second and third year of your undergrad degree, and this rule applies to all graduate programs. So if you don’t have that 80% in 12 junior and senior year credits from your Bachelor’s in Computer Science, you might not be able to get in– but it still never hurts to contact them and see if they can be flexible on the rules.

  4. Rosanna June 15, 2016 at 12:33 am #

    Hi, I am from Armenia and graduated from French University In Armenia, commerce, 4 years. Is it possible to study in french speaking university in Canada where language test isn’t obligatory.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 18, 2016 at 3:19 am #

      Hi Rosanna,

      I am neither an admissions expert nor a Canada expert, so this is tricky! Your best bet would be to reach out to the admissions people for the universities themselves and ask them. They’ll know the perfect answer. 🙂

  5. ABIMBOLA June 22, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    I have 71 in my TOEFL, please kindly suggest me university in Canada to pursue MASTERS IN ECONOMICS FOR JANUARY 2017 ADMISSION

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 25, 2016 at 5:05 am #

      Hi Abimbola,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with test prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. However, to help get you started on your search, I did find this website that allows you to search for Canadian universities based on your TOEFL scores:

      The Canadian Higher Education Database: TOEFL Scores

      I hope this helps, at least a little 🙂

  6. Avi July 7, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Hello, i am avishek my TOEFL score is 89 (R-22, L-24, S-20,W-23) and GRE of 312 (Q-160, V-152). I have 4 years of work ex in IT companies with reputed companies and a GPA of 7.56 out of 10. I am planning to apply to some good canadian universities like UoToronto, McGill etc. What are my chances. Should i take the GRE and TOEFL again?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      Assuming you’re applying for a graduate degree-related to IT or computers, requirements can vary a lot. Different degree programs at these schools all have different GRE requirements— and some graduate degrees you might apply for don’t require the GRE at all. Your 89 is a bit ont he low side for these universities. TO find out if your experience in IT can make up for your lower TOEFL scores, contact the admissions offices at these top Canadian schools, explain your situation, and ask them if you are still welcome to apply.

  7. Belle July 28, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi,

    My name is Belle. I am looking forward to applying for masters in economics Fall 17 in UBC, UofT and McGill University. Can you tell me what will be a safe GRE score to get into these universities? (Preferably with a scholarship) Also since I have completed a four year graduation outside Canada from a University which has English as its first language; do I still require to give TOFEL for UBC?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

      On its list of different ways to prove English proficiency, UBC states that you don’t need to take the TOEFL if you “Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language.” The UBC has a long list of countries that satisfy their English admissions standards. If the country where you got your previous degree is on that list, you won’t need the TOEFL to get into UBC.

      As for your questions about scholarships, I’ll be honest— the rules for scholarships and testing scores can vary a lot. You see differences in these rules not just on different campuses, but also in different scholarship programs found at the same school. The same goes for TOEFL scores and admissions to specific Master’s programs. Different programs can have very different standards. So to know what a safe TOEFL is for acceptance and scholarships into a Master’s in Econ program, I recommend directly contacting the graduate admissions offices of the programs you’re interested in.

  8. Marie August 16, 2016 at 4:57 am #

    I wish to sit the GMAT and retake the TOEFL. My first attempt Ied to a score of 78 at the TOEFL(Read 23; List 16; Speak 15 and Writ 24). I wish to apply to universities like Toronto; UBC and Ottawa for an MBA. I just have two months to prepare these two exams and I really want to improve my TOEFL score especially in List and Speak. I learnt that I must get a minimum score of 100 at the TOEFL to be admitted in these universities. Please; what can you suggest to me?
    P.S. I have a computer but I don’t have a bank account.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 22, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      Two months is definitely enough time to prepare. I’ll be honest with you though– if your lack of a bank account prevents you from buying any materials, it can be hard to put together a complete set of TOEFL practice materials. If you do have a way of purchasing TOEFL materials, I recommend using Magoosh’s 2 month study plan.

      If you want to go computer only, though, there are some options. Lucas has done a postthat lists free TOEFL resources. You could also benefit form all of the free TOEFL material on this blog, including Magoosh’s free TOEFL ebooks, and and the audio tracks we’ve created for TOEFL Quick Prep Volume 1. (TOEFL Quick Prep is one the best official free TOEFL resources from ETS, but they lack audio in their first two volumes– Magoosh has made some unofficial recordings you can use with Quick Prep V1.)

  9. Arpyit Gupta August 19, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    Hi! I am a civil engineer and want to do MS from canada. My B.Tech. percentage is 70%. What are my chances of getting admissions there?
    In which universities i should apply?
    Can i get admission in top 10 universities of canada?
    Should i give IELTS or Toefl for language proficiency?
    Which universities require GRE in canada?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 22, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      For most top schools in Canada, what’s the most important is your GPA in the later stages of your bachelor’s degree. A 70% average for your entire undergrad degree may be acceptable, so long as your average was higher in your final semesters of undergrad study. To give one example, UBC wants to see a 76% average in your final two years of study. But they don’t even look at you GPA for all four years, or your GPA in the first two years of your B. Tech.

      Other top grad programs in Canada usually have policies that are similar– but not exactly the same. Check with individual programs to see if you qualify, based on the GPA of your later semesters of B. Tech.

  10. Dhruv August 25, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Hi . i have a btech score of 74.5%. i want to pursue industrial engineering and management .What should be my score in I.E.L.T.S or Toefl?.My aim is to get in montreal university or University of Toronto.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      Generally, top Canadian universities look at you average scores for either the last two years or the final year of your bachelor degree, rather than the average for all 4 years. Most high ranked Canadian Universities want to see an average of between 74% and 76% in the later part of your degree. So there’s a good chance you have a qualifying Btech GPA, provided you did better than average in your later classes. To be absolutely sure you qualify, however, you need to contact the individual programs your’e apply to

      For graduate studies, TOEFL scores really vary a lot from school to school– as you’ve seen in this post. The chances are good that you’ll need a TOEFL score of at least 80 and an IELTS of at least 6.5. But you may need a higher score, and in some cases, you may be able to get in with a slightly lower score.

  11. Rahul August 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi,

    I have done b-tech with first division and have got 277 in GRE(v-140 q-147) and 78 in toefl(r-15,w-21,l-19,s-23). Can I apply for MS in US or Canada.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      With those scores, you can apply to an MS in the US or Canada. But your options may be a bit limited. Ideally, you should have a score of 80 or more on the TOEFL and 300 or more on the GRE if you want a lot of options for mid-tier schools. And you’d need to boost your scores higher on both exams if you want to go to top schools in Canada or America. I recommend retaking both of the exams if you can. You only need to submit your highest scores to universities, so you have nothing to lose if you retake the TOEFL and GRE.

  12. Nuha September 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    hi, i just got my TOEFL result this morning. i got 80. the university i’m applying to is asking 83. i was wondering if anyone had similar experience that he/she almost passed and the university actually gave him/her acceptance letter?

  13. Avans September 29, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Hey. I just got my TOEFL score : 107 (R:28 L:27 S:24 W:28). I’m yet to write my GRE. But, considering the fact that I might apply to Universities that accept only TOEFL (US,Canada), what are my chances of getting in? (CGPA : 7.73 (or 3.09) )

    P.S : I’m a Computer Science Major.

    P.P.S: Should I retake my TOEFL to improve my speaking score? I’m hoping to apply for a TA/RA role if I do get in.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 30, 2016 at 4:30 am #

      Congratulations on a strong TOEFL score! This will likely get you most places, and the only reason you might have problem is if the speaking score needs to be a minimum of 25 or something similar for TA roles in particular, but this is not universal. I would check the individual requirements for the schools you want to enter, because this TOEFL score is looking very good and you should be focused on specifics now. Congratulations again! 🙂

  14. sumanth October 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Hello. i have a btech score of 63%.i got 303 in gre and 90 in tofel. i want to pursue computer science in us or canada .could you suggest me some good universities where i could get in with these scores in us or canada..? and which is better for academics and job offers in cse..? is it canada or usa..?

    and thanks in advance for the reply.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 21, 2016 at 8:37 am #

      Hi Sumanth,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with GRE prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. I’d recommend checking out the following website as you start your research on possible programs that interest you.

      * Best Grad Schools

      I hope this helps, at least a little!

  15. Jaydeep Saini October 20, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    I am Jaydeep,I am currently doing bachelor of Engineering in IT in INDIA.
    I want to know that, is GRE necessary to take admission in canada??
    and do canadian universities provide scholarships on the basis of TOEFL results?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 21, 2016 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Jaydeep!

      Most Canadian schools do require the GRE. However, this and other requirements vary from program to program. So, I’d definitely recommend researching the programs you’re interested in to see what their specific requirements are and whether or not they offer scholarships based on the TOEFL. If the information of their websites doesn’t answer all of your questions, I’d suggest contacting the program directly via e-mail with your questions 🙂

      I hope this helps, at least a little!

  16. Harsh Nayak October 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi! My GRE score is 307.
    Quants: 155
    Verbal 152
    AWA: 5
    TOEFL: 107
    cgpa: 3/4
    I am interested to do MS in CS. What are my chances of getting admits from UBC and Uni of Toronto ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 23, 2016 at 9:04 am #

      Hi Harsh,

      As you’ve probably read in our other posts, we unfortunately do not have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with test prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. I will say that your TOEFL score is definitely within range for these programs, and above the minimum requirement. However, I would contact your target programs for more information, and gauge where your GRE score stands compared to accepted students. In addition, you can focus this discussion on how you can strengthen other components of the application to improve your overall candidacy.

  17. Akshay Srivastava November 1, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    My GRE score is 314(156V & 158Q & AWA-4) and i have a 113 in TOEFL. What are the chances of getting a Masters in CS in Univ of Toronto or Waterloo?

  18. Vaishnavi November 4, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    Hi

    I have a gpa of 8.9/10 12th-94%,10th-91%, TOEFL- 87. Strong work experience of 2 years in R&D. What are my chances of getting UBC,Canada?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2016 at 10:19 am #

      Your TOEFL score is below their 90 minimum, and this will likely be an obstacle. However, given your work experience and strong academic background, you may want to talk to their admissions office and see if they can be flexible and let you in. Be sure to also look into UBC’s conditional admissions program for applicants with lower English testing scores.

  19. Shivam pandey November 6, 2016 at 5:06 am #

    hi sir , i have completed my bachelors from electrical branch with 9 cgpa out of 10.I have 2 backlogs and also i got 6.5 in ielts with each module 6 up, sir i wanted to apply in top universities in Canada for September 2017 .My question is that , can i get admission in top universities. Please sir help me.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      With those grades, you should have a good shot at most top schools in Canada. A handful of grad schools and grad programs may require more than a 6.5, though. So if your’e applying for graduate studies, be sure to double-check the schools’ IELTS requirements.

  20. daniels November 7, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    hello, magoosh i got a toefl sore of 73 and am looking for a school in canada that can accept me, but i found ot that 80, should be the lowest so i got a resit for it and fingers crossed for the result. so what shools can i get for that 73?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      73 is fairly low by North American university standards. There are probably very few degree programs that would accept you with such a score. If you plan on applying with a 73, you may want to look into conditional acceptance programs. These are special programs that allow you to be accepted into school without your minimum test score, on the condition that you study English before beginning your regular degree courses. Some Canadian universities have conditional acceptance programs, while others don’t.

  21. Nikhil November 7, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Hi. My TOFEL score is 92. I have 25 in writing 19 in reading and 24 in listening section. 24 in speaking. Is section wise score criteria necessary to be met or overall score can be considered by the university?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Some schools have section-by-section criteria, while other schools just look at your whole-test score. Usually the policy on TOEFL section scores and TOEFL whole-test scores will be posted on a university’s admission’s web page. However, if you’re not sure of the policy, contact your target schools by email or phone and ask.

  22. TBSingh November 9, 2016 at 3:10 am #

    Hello Sir/Madam, I got 146 (verbal), 161(quanti) and AWA-3.I’ve 8.7/10 CGPA. Will my AWA affect my admission to PhD in Canada upto top 200. If so, can a good TOEFL covered it?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      That AWA is on the low side, but it may not affect your admission… or it might. graduate programs in Canada have widely varying policies regarding GRE AWA. As a general rule, PhD programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) are less likely to have a problem with an AWA of 3, and some STEM doctorates don’t even have AWA requirements. On the other hand, humanities PhDs that require a lot of writing are more likely to not accept you if your AWA is as low as 3.

  23. Sumit November 9, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Hello, I have a GRE score of 312 (V152 Q160) and a Toefl score of 114. My cgpa is 7.78/10. I hope to get into McGill for either MS in robotics or mechanical engineering, do I stand a chance? I hope my cgpa is not a hindrance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

      Interestingly, McGill doesn’t actually require GRE scores. Your CGPA is definitely good by the standards of many Canadian schools, although I don’t know exactly how McGill calculates its CGPA equivalencies. (There are several different ways that North American Universities converts CGPA to their own local GPA scale.)

      From what you’ve told me, you’ve got a good chance at McGill, provided your TOEFL scores or satisfactory. But I can’t tell this for certain just by looking at McGill’s MS Engineering admissions website. You may want to contact their admissions department and ask them about your chances. (Most admissions offices are fairly willing to answer these sorts of questions.)

      • Sumit November 24, 2016 at 3:38 am #

        Well my toefl score is 114 (R27 L28 S29 W30), I guess that’s good enough to get into McGill. Thank you so much for your help!

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 25, 2016 at 3:19 am #

          That’s fantastic, Sumit! Congratulations! 🙂

  24. Reena Tiwari November 9, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi, My Bachelor’s in chemical engineering % is 80%. (9 / 10) GRE score 309 (165 Q, 144 V)
    Toefl score 95 (L=21,R=24,S=24,W=26). Internships and extra curriculum work has been done.

    What are the chances of getting admits from good universities of Canada ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

      If you’re going into a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, math), you’ve got a pretty good chance at getting into one of Canada’s top schools. If you’re going into a humanities field such as history or English literature, you may need to boost your GRE Verbal score just a little bit.

  25. Chandra November 14, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Hello Magoosh team,

    First off, you’ve a great site here. Without a doubt, it is one of the best TOEFL and GRE resource center in the web. Anyway, I stopped by to ask a quick question. I scored 327 on my GRE(Verbal 161, Quantitative 166, AW 4.0) and recently took the TOEFL test. I’m expecting a score over 100 on my TOEFL test. I have a 73.4% in my Bachelors of Computer Engineering from the top university in the country. The thing is: if you look at the university records for the past decade or so, even the toppers only managed 83%. The questions we face in our examination are of the toughest in the world. With this in mind, I consider my percentage more than decent. However, I am really unsure how would Canadian Universities judge my undergraduate percentage. Do you think I can get an exempt? I could just write to them and explain the situation, but I really do not have any evidence to establish credibility.

    That being said, I’m desperately looking forward to your response. Thank you in advance.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 15, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      Assuming that you’re referring to a 73% in the Indian education system, then this should translate into some pretty good chances at Canadian universities.

      Most top schools do understand that Indian grading scales work differently– and are stricter– than North American ones. However, occasionally a school or individual program makes a mistake and doesn’t convert the Indian grades to their correct, higher equivalent with the Canadian system. I recommend contacting schools you’re applying to in Canada and asking them how they convert scores from Indian standard to Canadian standard for admissions purposes. If one of your target schools treats a 73% in India like a 73% in Canada, you may need to get help from a credential evaluation service to show that school just how impressive a 73% actually is. (See our post on transferring course credit from abroad for more info.)

      But with any luck you should be fine. Most of the larger universities in Canada are used to converting scoring scales from other countries to their own scales.

      • Chandra November 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

        Thank you. That was really helpful.

  26. Paschal November 22, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Thank you for this wonderful platform. I intend to pursue an LLM degree in the Peter Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. My TOEFL score reads 92 with the scores in these respective sections: Reading=22; Listening=21; Speaking=23; Writing=26. But the School of Law requires an overall TOEFL requirement of 100 with the minimum of Reading=22, Listening=22, Speaking=21, Writing=21. Following the foregoing, what are the chances of me getting an admission with this TOEFL score? Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      Since you don’t meet the minimum requirements, there’s a good chance that you can’t get accepted without retaking the TOEFL. However, some grad programs can be flexible on lower TOEFL scores, especially if the rest of your application is strong. And there sometimes can be conditional acceptance options. (This usually means doing at least a semester of ESL classes before your regular studies, though.) To see if you have any chance of accepting with your TOEFL score of 92, email or call the admissions department at Peter Allard. Explain your situation to them, and see what they say. But again, be prepared to do a TOEFL retake if need be.

  27. Rahul November 24, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    Hello,

    I plan to apply to universities in Canada. I am still in the university research phase, I just wanted to know how reliable the U.S news education rankings are..
    Here’s the link that I stumbled upon:
    http://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/canada

    Can I trust this for my university listing?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 25, 2016 at 3:21 am #

      Hi Rahul,

      There are many listings that rank universities, and you can dig into how they assign rankings if you’re really curious. US News is a big one, but I would recommend looking at several listings to compare the universities if you’re really fixed on finding a top school through ranking. I also recommend considering that some schools fare better in specific departments—if you can look specifically at rankings for your field of study, you’ll find a better fit! 🙂

      • Rahul November 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

        Thank you so much! This definitely helps! 🙂

  28. Amanuel Tadesse November 28, 2016 at 12:51 am #

    Hi,
    I scored 65 in toefl and I am basically looking for admission in Bachelor’s degree from canada, specially in universities like University of Alberta, Concordia University of Edmonton ,Burman University in Lacombe,University of Calgary Please suggest me the chances of getting admission in these universities. And If my Toefl result is not enough,what other chances do I have?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 29, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      To be fully accepted into a degree program at any of these universities, you’d need an 80+ on the TOEFL. (And some of the schools you mentioned require TOEFL scores int he mid-to-high 80s.) However, Alberta, Concordia, Burman, and Calgary all do have English language programs on campus, for students who don’t meet the minimum testing scores. This means that with your lower TOEFL score, there’s a good chance you could enter one of these schools under conditional acceptance. If you go that route, you’ll need to take at least a semester (and possibly longer) of ESL courses before you can begin your regular degree. Contact your target schools and ask them about their English language programs and possibilities for conditional acceptance.

  29. ismail November 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Hey, I am an international student from Morocco applying for undergraduate studies at Mcgill university and the university of British Columbia, hoping to major in mechanical engineering. I have an excellent high school profile with excellent marks, however I scored 96 in the TOEFL, and I only scored 20 in the speaking section (R:27, L:25, S:20, W:24), and the minimum requirement for the speaking section is 21. I don’t know if they’re going to reject my application without even looking at my academic profile ( which is much higher than the average required ). Can you please give me suggestions to help me clear this up. Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 29, 2016 at 10:02 am #

      If you’ve fallen short on your scores but your application is otherwise strong, you should contact your schools directly. My advice is to email or call McGill and UBC admissions. Explain your situation to them, ask them to review your whole application packet, and ask them if you can still be considered in spite of slightly low TOEFL scores. Your schools may or may not say yes. But at least this way, you make sure your application isn’t automatically disqualified.

      • ismail December 1, 2016 at 7:35 am #

        Hey, thanks for replying.
        I’ve been trying to send an email to the engineering admissions department (undergraduate) for both Mcgill and UBC, but I couldn’t find any email address.
        Do you happen to know these email addresses.
        And thanks again for taking time to reply.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

          From what I can tell, McGill’s undergraduate engineering admissions are handled by the general admissions office for the campus. You can see all of that office’s contact details here: https://www.mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/contact . (Contact email is welcome@mcgill.ca .) From a quick reading of the UBC website, it appears that UBC’s undergraduate engineering admissions are handled either by the UBC Engineering Department (info@apsc.ubc.ca) or by UBC’s general admissions office. UBC admissions seems to receive emails via an online web form, rather than through a direct email address. Here’s their contact form. Good luck! And if you get a chance, come back to the comments section here and let us know what UBC and McGill said to you in reply.

  30. yogesh patel November 29, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

    hii
    i am b.sc last year student.
    i wiss to applied study m.sc in canada.

    ielts or tofel best for me?????

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      IELTS and TOEFL have equal standing at pretty much every Canadian University. To decide between the exams, think about which test you would prefer personally, TOEFL vs. IELTS.

  31. anid December 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Hello. I got 78 score on my TOEFL test I was wondering if Canadian universities that require a score 80 could accept me

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Some universities that require an 80 in the TOEFL are really strict about TOEFL scores. Other schools might be flexible and let you in with a 78, especially if the rest of your application is really strong. And of course, some schools also have conditional acceptance policies if you don’t have the minimum TOEFL score.

      Ultimately, every university has very different policies. And often, if a university is willing to be flexible, they won’t officially say that on their website. My advice to you is to contact the admissions offices of universities who want an 80 for your TOEFL. Explain your situation to them, and see if you can still be considered for admission.

    • Gustavo February 14, 2017 at 8:52 am #

      Anid
      I got 78 and a college that requires 80 did not accept in Canadá. Another college requires 79 and they do not accept as well, and my application is pending. It means they are very strict and there are many candidates competing for one seat. Even missing only one point, they don’t hand your documents to the admission department.

  32. paolo December 7, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Magoosh pease help me
    I’m an international student wanna apply for a canadian university. Please review my resume and comment on my chances;

    BSc in physics from a top-3 university in my home counry. (~550 in QS total ranking)
    MSc in a physics-related field, from a UK university (~100 in QS total ranking) with Merit (equ. to B+)
    GRE PHYSICS: 650 (40%) :”(
    GRE GENERAL: Q:162 V:145 AW: yet to be announced but feeling sure of getting a 4 or 4.5

    I didn’t have time to study, just enrolled in the last days to have the result in my hand. I need to know if I have any chance to apply for Toronto, Waterloo, Calgary, Alberta
    Please tell me if it will be a waste of time/money. ? 🙁
    I appreciate any comment you can provide

    Many thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 8, 2016 at 1:27 am #

      Hi Paolo,

      We are experts in test prep, not admissions, unfortunately. I would say that because you have gone through all the effort to take your GREs and get yourself ready, it would be a waste not to at least try to get admitted! Go for it, write the best essays you can, and see what happens. The worst case would be that this was a practice round for admission in a year. Good luck! 🙂

  33. Simarjeet Singh December 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    hey magoosh,

    i want to know that is it necessary to score 20 each in toefl ibt for admissions in all canadian universities or are specific ones.
    thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi there,

      Each school sets its own TOEFL requirements! This post discusses some of the top universities in Canada, but there are many more, and each one will have unique guidelines. I recommend that you go to the admissions website of your target schools to find out more about their testing requirements 🙂

  34. sahithi January 15, 2017 at 3:52 am #

    Well, I’am sahithi, looking for undergraduate program in Canada. well, MY first attempt toefl score is 81. but the universities am looking for need I’am looking for need a minimum of 100. I want a proper university. I gave my second attempt and also this would be my last one. I will be getting my results in 3 days.Till then, Can i get suggestions of a list of good universities which can accept my score. Also not to mention, i am permanent residence of Canada.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi Sahithi,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I can’t give you the exact information you are looking for! I recommend that you start a search with the US News and World Report ranking of Canadian universities, and then check the admissions websites for some of those universities to see what their TOEFL requirements are. Good luck 🙂

  35. Parameeta Brahma February 1, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    Hi

    Can u please suggest me some affordable colleges,
    I have gre : 305; verbal-145; quanti-160; AWA-3.5
    Toefl:87 R-19;L-21;S-24;W-24
    My btech cgpa: 8.64/10
    Please suggest me few electrical ms colleges 🙁

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Parameeta,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions counseling or financial aid support, so I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer for you! I would recommend that you go to the websites of some of these colleges and look at tuition, financial aid and scholarships/grants. That is the best way to gather some good information about this 🙂

  36. neha February 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi, I am Neha. My GRE Score is 305(143V 162Q), TOEFL-92(s26, W28, L18, R20), 3 years work exp. Please suggest safe universities in Canada for MS in MIS/CS.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Neha,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help! I recommend that you start exploring the websites of these colleges. They will provide information on average GRE scores and other admission statistics. If there is an office for international students, they also may be able to provide you with some support and guidance. Good luck!

  37. Mohammed Jaleel February 15, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Hii, I am Mohammed Jaleel.

    I have completed my Graduation in Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Visveswaraya Technological University Karnataka (INDIA). And i wanted to do M.S in Construction Management in Canada.So please help me out with,

    Which exam i should go for, GRE or TOEFL.

    And Universities in Canada which offers M.S in Construction Management.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 15, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Mohammed,

      There’s actually a good chance that you’ll need to do both the GRE *and* the TOEFL. Many North American graduate schools require scores form both tests for admission. Requirements are set by individual schools though. So I recommend checking with the schools you’re applying to. Good luck!

  38. Kaz February 23, 2017 at 6:32 am #

    Hi I’m Kazuma, a Japanese high school student.

    I got a score of 90 overall on my toefl test. The university that I want to go to (university of Manitoba) requires 86 overall with minimum of 20 in each section. Sadly, I got 19 on reading section. Does that mean the university won’t accept me? On other three section, I did fairly ok.
    Also, I’m sending the documents to ryerson university and they want the score of 92. Does this 2 points matter to get enrolled?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 23, 2017 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Kazuma,

      Unfortunately, it is impossible to say with any certainty how a school will respond to those scores. Some schools view those requirements as ‘guidelines,’ and others may see them as a ‘hard line’ and not accept anyone below those scores. I recommend that you send an email to the admissions counselors for the schools you are interested in and see what they say. Good luck!

  39. Malkit singh March 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi I have done diploma in electrial ilets 6 band over all and each module I hv my work experience in five year c u suggest me Canada top university in Toronto further study

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Malkit,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with test prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. However, I will note that a handful of grad schools and grad programs may require more than a 6.5. So if your’e applying for graduate studies, be sure to double-check the schools’ IELTS requirements. Research some top programs and confirm whether they have your specific study and what the requirements are. Best of luck! 🙂

  40. Anand Kumar May 18, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Hi I’m Anand, I’ve completed my graduation in metallurgical engineering from one of the NITs in India with a CGPA of 8.8. I’ve a work experience of two years in steel industry from one of the top Steel companies in Asia. I want to pursue my higher education from Canada or US. My TOEFL score is 115. What are my chances, do I need to take GRE also?

    Please help

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 20, 2017 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Anad,

      Congratulations on getting your NIT degree. 🙂 A CGPA of 8.8 would translate into a full 4.0 GPA under the American or Canadian systems, which is good Your TOEFL score of 115 is quite impressive. However, you’l need to take the GRE regardless. The only way you won’t need to take the GRE is if you’re applying to a program that simply doesn’t ask any students for GRE scores.

      • Anand Kumar May 24, 2017 at 10:26 am #

        Thanks a lot for your advice. Actually I’m planning to join Toronto or McGill and I’ve heard that they don’t require GRE scores

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

          Hi Anand,

          I would recommend looking at the specific GRE requirements for the program that you want to enter. I just did a quick search of programs in McGill University and found that some programs require a GRE, while others do not! At the University of Toronto, it’s only required for some programs, but according to their website they do recommend that international students take it. It’s best to do your research thoroughly and make sure that you aren’t missing an important part of your application 🙂


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