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!

 

May - November

All applicants interested in applying for the 2023-2024 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.

 

RETURNING THIS YEAR: We will accept the results for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) in addition to the SSAT for all 2023-2024 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.

 

 

Early September (Exact Date TBD)

The UTS Application becomes available. More details will follow. 

 

 

September 17

Registration opens for Open House. 

 

 

October 22

UTS Open House

 

 

December 1

Deadline for completing the UTS Application.

Deadline for writing the SSAT or ISEE.

Financial assistance application opens at applefinancialservices.ca

 

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

 

January 10

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/ISEE scores, and the completed application.  

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

 

January 13

Deadline for completing the financial assistance application.

 

Late January (Exact Date TBD)

UTS Math and English entrance exam for grade 7 applicants (by invitation only).

UTS Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs) for grade 7, 9, 10 & 11 applicants (by invitation only).

 

February 24

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 1

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 one minute to prepare an answer. Candidates engage with the first interviewer for four to six 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 test that is based on Ontario Grade 5 and 6 curriculum.  Though the timing and format may change from year to year, with no notice, the test is approximately 40 minutes, split into three sections of progressive difficulty. The test is approximately 15 questions that can be answered in any order. We do not expect students to answer every question in the allotted time.  Students who wish to prepare for the test can access the 2021 UTS Math Entrance Exam here. For further practice, free Grade 6 level sample tests from the Math League website are a good challenge, though may not match the topics in the Ontario Curriculum.  Calculators are not used.

The English Entrance test differs from year to year. It is approximately 40 minutes in length and involves a page-long writing exercise on a given topic. It may be a creative task, or a reading response, or a combination. Students are assessed on their communication, organization, sentence structure, vocabulary, and conventions for the written piece. Students who wish to prepare can access the 2021 UTS English Entrance Exam here.

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

 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the land we are situated on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that the land is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

 

 

Throughout this website you may see photos or videos from before the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why individuals may not be masked or distanced. UTS is committed to public health measures, and currently requires masking, distancing, and vaccination of its students and staff.

UTS Admissions Committee

Jon Bitidis
Head of Admissions

Raymond Lee
Senior Admissions Officer

Garth Chalmers
Vice Principal, Senior School & Community Engagement

Marc Brims
Head of Academics

Garry Kollins
Vice Principal, Foundation Years, Student Life and Student Support

Andrew Wilson
Mathematics Teacher

Chris Carswell
English and Latin Teacher

Sarah Cescon
Science Teacher