Admissions Process

Who Applies

UTS attracts applications from high-achieving students from many different schools across the GTA. UTS students tend to have a wide variety of interests - both academically and beyond the classroom in co-curricular activities. The majority of applicants come from publicly-funded schools, but there are also many from a range of  independent schools and Montessori programs.

 

Process

All applicants must take the SSAT. There are additional requirements for grade 7 and the upper years (grade 9, 10, 11) as outlined below.

All applicants must also complete the UTS application online for which there is a $105 fee.

 

Grade 7 Entrance: 
Entrance to UTS for grade 7 involves two stages. Stage 1 consists of writing the Middle Level Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and also completing and submitting a UTS application. Applicants should consult the Application Procedure instructions to ensure they meet all required deadlines and submit all required materials. For further information on the SSAT, see below. Please note: applicants to UTS may write only one SSAT per academic year. 

Once the applications and SSAT scores have been received, the SSAT scores are reviewed, ranked and a cut-off mark is established. Students who achieve at or above the cut-off will be invited to Stage 2. During Stage 2, applicants write a math test and an English evaluation and take part in an interview. Each of these components is evaluated. Further details and samples are available here: math / English

The scores from each component (SSAT, UTS math test, UTS English evaluation and UTS interview) are combined in order to derive an overall score, called the UTS Entrance Score. The Student Questionnaire, report cards, psychological assessments, IEPs and other anecdotal material are reviewed and used to create the Student Profile.

The Admission Committee meets in mid-February to consider the UTS Entrance Scores and Student Profiles and to make its decisions. Applicants will be notified of a decision in accordance with the SSATB Ontario Consortium admission deadlines. 

 

Grade 9 Entrance:
Grade 9 applicants must register for the Upper Level SSAT by the Upper School deadline. For deadlines, check here, and for further information on the SSAT, see below. Please note: applicants to UTS may write only one SSAT per academic year.

The grade 9 application also requires applicants to provide a completed recommendation from both their math and English teachers. As well, applicants must submit their reports cards from June, grade 7 and November grade 8.

Applicant scores will be ranked in order to determine who will be invited for an interview. All interviewed applicants will be assessed based on each component of their application. 

 

Grades 10 and 11 Entrance:
Grades 10 and 11 applicants must register for the Upper Level SSAT by the Upper School deadline. For deadlines, check here, and for further information on the SSAT, see below. Please note: applicants to UTS may write only one SSAT per academic year.

The grade 10 and 11 applications also require applicants to provide a completed recommendation from both their math and English teachers. As well, applicants must submit their most recent report card from June and the most recent November progress report.

All scores and completed application packages received by the published Early Application Deadline (for deadlines, check here) will be ranked in order to determine who will be invited for an interview. All interviewed applicants will be assessed based on each component of their application. 


Applications received after the Early Application Deadline will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission after the deadline will be based on space availability.


SSAT - Further Information

There is a $120 test registration fee for the SSAT. It is a UTS policy that applicants may only write the SSAT once during the school year in which they are applying (e.g. once in grade 6 when applying for grade 7).

Candidates will usually take either a Flex Test or the Standard SSAT Test. We consider them exactly the same for the purpose of admission.

Please list UTS as the Designate Score Recipient when your register for the SSAT (the 4-Digit Code is 7855) . Not doing so will result in delays and the possibly an incomplete application. UTS will not accept the applicant copy of the SSAT scores.


Our SSAT cut-off marks fluctuate each year. As a result of a full review at SSAT and the creation of an entirely new set of SSAT tests for the Fall of 2012, our past cut-off ranges are no longer applicable. Please contact UTS Admissions if you have questions about this. 

For more information about SSAT scores please visit:
www.ssat.org/scores/about-scores

Test Registration and Application
www.ssat.org/test/ontario

Test Preparation

While UTS does not endorse any specific method of preparing for the SSAT, some preparatory work is recommended in order to ensure that the applicant is comfortable and familiar with the SSAT process, format and type of questions. Preparation options vary both in price and form. There are a variety of SSAT guides available from major bookstores, SSAT itself produces its own prep book, and there is a range of tutoring services. At this time, there is no evidence that one method is more effective than another and a great deal depends on the individual learning style of your student.

Fee Waivers for the SSAT Test
A limited number of SSAT fee waivers are available to eligible applicants through the Admissions Office. These waivers cover ONLY National tests, not the Flex tests offered by the Ontario Consortium (Regional Flex). For additional information please contact Kristine Maitland, the Admissions Officer, at 416-946-7995 or info@utschools.ca

 


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