Eligibility

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

 

Annual New Enrollment

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

Start your UTS journey by booking your personal virtual tour!

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May - November

All applicants interested in applying for the 2022-23 school year are encouraged to Book A Virtual Tour to receive a school tour and meet the Admissions team. 

 

 

August 1

Registration opens for The SSAT paper-based* testing.
Register for either the Standard test, or the Flex test depending on availability in your area. To find a paper-based Test Center near you and to learn more about the difference between a Standard test and a Flex test, please visit https://ssat.org/flex
 

• Grade 7 applicants write the Middle Level.
• Grades 9-11 applicants write the Upper Level.

 

NEW THIS YEAR: We will accept the results for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) in addition to the SSAT for all 2022-2023 applications.

 

Registration opens for the ISEE Online at Home** test.

 

• Grade 7 applicants write the Middle Level ISEE
• Grades 9-11 applicants write the Upper Level ISEE

 

In order to view the ISEE Online at Home test dates, please search by the “Country” of United States instead of Canada regardless of where you actually reside.  For tests in the ET zone, please search by the “State” of New York.  For tests in the CT zone, please search by the “State” of Texas.  Finally, for tests in the PT zone, please search by the “State” of California.    

 

*Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, UTS recommends that all applicants choose computer-based testing over paper-based testing when possible.
**No paper-based tests are available to Canadian residents at this point in time.  The only option currently available is the computer-based ISEE Online at Home

 

 

August 8

Registration opens for The SSAT computer-based testing.  Two computer-based testing options are available to applicants located in the USA and Canada: The SSAT at Home and Prometric Test Centers.  Applicants located outside of the USA and Canada are limited to paper-based testing the computer-based test at local Prometric Centres only. 

  

• Grade 7 applicants write the Middle Level.
• Grades 9-11 applicants write the Upper Level.

 

 

September 17

Please sign up for a Parent/Guardian and Student Account on ssat.org in order to access and complete the UTS Application.  You do not need to register for the SSAT to access the UTS Application.  Applicants who wish to write the ISEE instead of the SSAT will need to create an account on ssat.org before you can continue with the UTS Application.

 

The online application includes:
 

  1. Student Profile

  2.  Response to one Short Essay Prompt (250 - 300 words)

  3. Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Residency Status

  4. Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2019 (or equivalent if outside of Canada)

  5. Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2020 (or equivalent if outside of Canada)

  6. Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2021 (or equivalent if outside of Canada) 

  7. Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2021 (or equivalent if outside of Canada) 

  8. Progress Report Card - November 2021 (or equivalent if outside of Canada) 

  9. Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable

  10. Psychological Assessment, if applicable

 

Grade 9, 10, and 11 students only:
Items 1-10 listed above and a recommendation form from two different teachers from your previous, or current school year (to be completed online by the teachers)  

 

Here is a helpful guide to the UTS Online Application

 

 

September 17

Registration opens for Open House. 

 

 

October 16 and October 23

UTS Open House

 

 

December 1

Deadline for completing the UTS Application and for writing the SSAT.

Financial assistance application opens at applefinancialservices.ca

 

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

 

January 11

Results from Stage One are emailed to all applicants and selected applicants are invited to Stage Two.

For Grade 7 applicants, results are based on the report cards, SSAT scores, and the completed application.  

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

 

January 14

Deadline for completing the financial assistance application.

 

January 22

Applicants engage online for the UTS Math and English entrance exam (~40 min. each).

Entrance exams will be conducted virtually, with the student writing from home and proctored remotely.

 

 

January 29

All applicants engage online for the UTS Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs) (~50-60 minutes)

The MMIs will be conducted virtually, with the student interviewed from home and supervised remotely.

 

February 25

Results from Stage Two are released 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.

 

March 2

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

 

 

 

SSAT & ISEE INFORMATION

The SSAT (Secondary School Assessment Test) and the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) are standardized tests that measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills that students need for successful performance in independent schools. These tests allow UTS to assess and compare applicants equitably regardless of their background or experience.

 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, UTS recommends that all applicants choose computer-based testing over paper-based testing when possible. The two computer-based SSAT testing options available to applicants located in the USA and Canada are: The SSAT at Home and Prometric Test Centers. The computer-based ISEE testing option available to all applicants both in North America and internationally is: The ISEE at Home.

 

Students write the SSAT or the ISEE during Stage 1 of the UTS Application Process. For the SSAT, if you send multiple scores to UTS through your SSAT account, only the top score will be used for admission consideration.  For the ISEE, you are only able to write the test once during the fall season before the application deadline.  If a student writes both the SSAT and the ISEE, the score that is more favorable will be 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 & The Official SSAT Guide Book Bundle  - $125 USD/full year

  • 4 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
  • Hundreds of short quizzes on targeted SSAT topics
  • 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

The only preparation recommended by UTS for the ISEE is the ISEE Practice Test by TestInnovators.  This is the only ISEE prep officially endorsed by the publisher of the test, The ERB (Education Records Bureau).

The following resources are available through TestInnovators platform to prepare for the ISEE:

 

 Free Trial

  • A mini online practice test
  • A “What to Expect” Guide by ERB, publisher of the ISEE
  • ISEE Prep Guide 
  • Anxiety Reduction Resources
  • Interactive Diagnostics
  • Score Report
  • Online Testing Portal
  • Personalized Prep Plan

 

Quick Start Prep Package  - $84.99 USD/full year
Expanded Prep Package - $209.99 USD/full year
Advanced Prep Package - $379.99 USD/full year

 

  • 1-6 Full ISEE practice tests online and in printable formats
  • A “What to Expect” Guide by ERB, publisher of the ISEE
  • ISEE Prep Guide 
  • Anxiety Reduction Resources
  • Tutor Consultation
  • 1 Retired ISEE Test (Advanced only)
  • 2200 Practice Exercises (Advanced only)
  • Premium Video Course (Advanced only)
  • Interactive Diagnostics
  • Score Report
  • Online Testing Portal
  • Personalized Prep Plan

UTS does not endorse nor participate with any outside companies in the business of preparing students for the SSAT or the ISEE unless they are officially endorsed by the publishers of the SSAT and the ISEE directly.  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 the ISEE to increase their test scores.  Unfortunately, none of them offer true facsimiles of the real SSAT or the real ISEE.

UTS discourages candidates from taking multiple SSATs in the same cycle unless warranted by extenuating circumstances, such as illness, as multiple testing often leads to unnecessary anxiety and expense.  Experience from both UTS and SSAT has shown that there is insignificant change in the SSAT scores of candidates who write a second or third test within months of the first one without a drastic change in their preparation for the test.  The ISEE can only be written once during the fall testing season (August-November), therefore applicants will not be able to write multiple tests if they choose the ISEE.

 

 

Multiple-Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are part of the Stage 2 process and consist of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess non-academic 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, 9, 10 and 11.

 
 

The virtual interview room consists of five or six interviewers sitting at their respective virtual breakout rooms. The UTS MMI consists of five or six interview questions, assessed respectively by five or six 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 4-5 minutes. At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s performance while the applicant moves to the next virtual breakout room. This pattern is repeated through five to six rotations and takes about 50-60 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. Rememberwe 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 5 or 6 different interviewers for 4-5 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.

 

 

UTS Entrance Exam

The UTS entrance exam is part of the Stage 2 process and consists of a Mathematics component and an English component.

 

The Math test is a full-solution-oriented test with questions of varying levels of complexity ranging from single-step short answers to multi-step challenging problems. The test is approximately 40 minutes long and consists of 15-20 questions. Students who wish to prepare for the Math test can do so on their own by accessing the free Grade 6 level sample tests on the Math League website.

The English test is approximately 40 minutes in length and involves a page-long writing exercise on a given topic. Students are assessed on their communication, organization, sentence structure, vocabulary, and conventions for the written piece. 

UTS does not endorse using prep companies in the business of preparing students for this exam; to maintain fairness and accessibility for all families, we encourage all candidates to prepare on their own using the recommended free resources. 

 

 

Read the UTS Admissions Policy

 

UTS Admissions Committee

Jon Bitidis
Head of Admissions

Raymond Lee
Admissions & Program Coordinator

Garth Chalmers
Vice Principal

 

Marc Brims
Head of Academics

Garry Kollins
Head of Student Life

Andrew Wilson
Mathematics Teacher

Chris Carswell
English and Latin Teacher

Sarah Cescon
Science Teacher