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WELCOME TO UTS

In 1910, University of Toronto Schools opened its doors to students for the first time.

Now, it opens its doors to you.

Eligibility

Applicants must be legal residents of Canada (citizen, landed immigrant, or permanent resident) and live with a parent or legal guardian (documentation required if living with a legal guardian).

 

Annual New Enrolment

Grade 7: 96 students
Grade 8: No new enrollment
Grade 9: 24-28 new students
Grades 10 and 11: 1-4 students, based on attrition
Grade 12: No new enrollment  

 

 

Admissions Process

February - November

All applicants interested in applying for the 2019-20 school year are encouraged to Book A Tour to receive a school tour and meet the Admissions team

 

 

October 1 - November 30

SSAT

Write the middle level (for entry into Grade 7) or upper level (for entry into Grades 9 - 11) SSAT (Standard or Flex)
Select UTS as a Score Recipient upon SSAT registation

 

Online Application

Complete the UTS Standard Application Online by using the SSAT login information.

 

The online application includes:
 

  1. Student Biographic Profile

  2. Student Essays

  3. Proof of Canadian Residency Status

  4. Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2017

  5. Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2017

  6. Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2018

  7. Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2018

  8. Progress Report Card - November 2018

  9. Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2019 [to be submitted only if the applicant is invited to Stage 2]

  10. Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable

  11. Psychological Assessment, if applicable

 

Grade 9 students only:
Items 1-11 listed above and recommendation form by Grade 7/8 teacher (to be submitted online by teacher)  

 

Grades 10 and 11 students only: 
Items 1-11 listed above and recommendation form by Grade 9 Mathematics teacher (to be submitted online by teacher) and recommendation form by any Grade 8/9 teacher (to be submitted online by teacher)

 

 

December 21

Results from Stage 1 are emailed to all applicants and selected applicants are invited to Stage 2.  

 

Applicants who are invited to Stage 2 complete the following steps:
 

December 21 - January 9

Complete the Character Skills Snapshot online from their SSAT account and select UTS as a score recipient.
Applicants in financial need submit an application to Apple Financial Services online at applefinancialservices.ca
 

January 19

Grade 7 applicants visit UTS for a 2-part process: Multiple Mini Interviews (see below) and a UTS Math and English entrance exam (60 min)

Grade 9 applicants visit UTS for Multiple Mini-Interviews (40 min)

 

January 28 - February 1

Grades 10 and 11 applicants visit UTS for one-on-one interviews (30 min)

 

February 22

Results from Stage 2 are emailed to all applicants and selected applicants are offered admission to UTS.  

For Grade 7 applicants, results are based on the interviews, entrance exams, report cards, and the completed application.  

For Grades 9 to 11 applicants, results are based on interviews, SSAT scores, report cards, teacher recommendation form(s), and the completed application.

 

February 27

Stage 2 applicants who are offered admission report their decision to UTS.

 

 

SSAT Information

The SSAT allows UTS to assess and compare applicants equitably regardless of their background or experience. UTS accepts scores from either a Flex or Standard SSAT test – learn more about the difference.  Students write the SSAT during Stage 1 of the UTS Application Process.  Only the scores that you choose to send to UTS through your SSAT account are used for admission consideration.

 

The only preparation recommended by UTS for the SSAT is the SSAT Practice Online.  This is the only official SSAT practice program created to align closely with content on the SSAT and designed with hours of input from parents and SSAT test takers.

 
The following resources are available for preparing for the SSAT:

 
Free

  • A 30-minute diagnostic online test
  • A list of SSAT topics to study based on your test results 
  • Hundreds of lessons, exercises, and videos study tools in all 3 areas – quantitative, verbal, and reading

 
The Official SSAT Practice Online - $79.95/full year

  • 3 Full SSAT practice tests online (timed to simulate the actual SSAT)
  • 15 individual online section tests
  • Hundreds of free study tools
  • Ongoing recommendations on SSAT topics to study, based on your practice test results
  • Content refreshers throughout the year
  • Online version of The Official Guide to the SSAT
  • Summary of highest and lowest scoring topics
  • Coming this fall – hundreds of short quizzes on targeted SSAT topics
  • Coming soon – on-demand videos from the creators of the SSAT

 
TIP: Sit through 1-2 mock tests at home by following the same time constraints and guidelines as the real SSAT test to become comfortable with SSAT test-taking skills.  Visit SSAT’s strategies for preparing for the test: https://ssat.org/prepare

UTS does not endorse nor participate with any outside companies in the business of preparing students for the SSAT.  We strongly discourage families from using such services – there are a multitude of sources, both online and offline, that promise to prepare applicants for the SSAT and increase their test score.  Unfortunately, none of them offer true facsimiles of the real SSAT for the simple reason that actual SSAT tests are never released to the public.  An elaborate statement can be found on the SSAT website: https://ssat.org/prepare/test-prep-company.

UTS discourages candidates from taking multiple tests in the same cycle unless warranted by extenuating circumstances, such as illness, as multiple testing often leads to unnecessary anxiety and expenses. Experience from both UTS and SSAT has shown that there is insignificant change in the SSAT scores of candidates who write a second test within months of the first one without a drastic change in their preparation practice. SSAT allows UTS to assess and compare applicants equitably regardless of their background or experience. 

 

 

Multiple-Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) consists of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills.  Inspired by McMaster University’s Medical program, UTS now employs the MMI technique for its admission process for entry into Grade 7 and 9.

 

The interview room consists of 6 interviewers sitting at their respective stations.  The UTS MMI consists of 6 interview questions, assessed respectively by 6 interviewers.  Prior to the start of each mini interview rotation, candidates receive a question/scenario and have 2 minutes to prepare an answer.  Candidates engage with the first interviewer for 6-7 minutes. At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s performance while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through 6 rotations and takes about 60 minutes. The questions are designed to assess candidates’ ability to express themselves authentically and clearly while being able to share their own uniqueness and candidacy for UTS.  There are no right or wrong answers to the MMI questions as they are not designed to test specific knowledge about any subject.

 

During this time, the interviewer may ask you follow-up questions or provide you with prompts to help to elaborate your response.  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if the question is not clear to you.  Interviewers know that you may be anxious and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable.  Remember - we want to get to know you – so be yourself!

The best way to prepare for the MMIs is to become familiar with the style and timing of the interviews.  During the interviews, you will engage with 6 different interviewers for 6-7 minutes each, so practicing with a couple of family members will help you gain confidence. The primary focus of the MMIs is to get to know you to the best of our ability through an unbiased interview process.  Therefore, an important aspect of the preparation for the MMI is to spend some time getting to know yourself so that you can articulate your thoughts confidently and effectively to the interviewers.

 

A recommended practice in preparation of the interview is to outline a list of your key characteristics that make you “you”, such as your personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, areas of passion, likes and dislikes, personal values, family values, etc.  Then, practice talking about them out loud to yourself or to your family members. Once you have gone through this process a couple of times during the week before the interview, leave it alone and relax.  Strive to get a good night’s rest before the interview day and a nutritious breakfast the morning of the interview.

UTS does not endorse nor participate with any outside companies in the business of preparing students for the MMIs.  We strongly discourage families from using such services as they jeopardize the candidates’ natural thought process and hinder their ability to respond authentically.  Such courses teach students to respond with answers that may be deemed to be ideal or favorable.  On the contrary however, students who respond with insincere and rehearsed answers are not able to articulate themselves freely and thus, do not perform well on the interviews.

 

Read the UTS Admissions Policy

 


 

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UTS Admissions Committee

 

Nandita Bajaj
Head of Admissions

Garth Chalmers
Vice Principal

Philip Marsh
Vice Principal

Garry Kollins
Head of Student Life

Anand Mahadevan
Head of Academics

Adam Gregson
Math Teacher

Julie Stoyka
English Teacher