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).
All applicants interested in applying for the 2021-22 school year are encouraged to Book A Virtual Tour to receive a school tour and meet the Admissions team.
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.
*Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, UTS recommends that all applicants choose computer-based testing over paper-based testing when possible.
Please visit Find Your Testing Options to discover the testing options available to you in your area.
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 only.
• Grade 7 applicants write the Middle Level.
• Grades 9-11 applicants write the Upper Level.
The UTS Application becomes available. UTS uses the Standard Application Online (SAO). To learn more about using the SAO and to begin your application, please click Apply Now. The UTS Application is completed by using your SSAT login information. If you have not registered for the SSAT, please sign up for a Parent/Guardian and Student Account.
The online application includes:
Responses to Two Questions
Proof of Canadian Residency Status
Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2018
Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2019
Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2019
Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2020
Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2020
Progress Report Card - November 2020
Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable
Psychological Assessment, if applicable
Grade 9, 10, and 11 students only:
Items 1-11 listed above and a recommendation form from two different teachers from your previous school year (to be completed online by the teachers)
Registration opens for our Open House. Space is limited.
UTS Open House. Please click here to register.
Deadline for completing SSAT and UTS Application.
Financial assistance application opens at applefinancialservices.ca.
Applicants who are invited to Stage 2 complete the following steps:
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.
Character Skills Snapshot opens at ssat.org. Complete the Character Skills Snapshot online from your SSAT account and select UTS as a score recipient.
Deadline for completing the financial assistance application.
Grade 7 applicants engage online for a two-part process: Multiple Mini-Interviews (see below) and a UTS Math and English entrance exam (~40 min each)
Grade 9 applicants visit UTS for Multiple Mini-Interviews (40 min)
Entrance exams and interviews will be conducted virtually, with the student writing from home and proctored remotely.
Deadline for completing the Character Skills Snapshot.
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.
Stage Two applicants who are offered admission report their decision to UTS.
Need a hand? Click here for the Online Application Guide!
The SSAT (Secondary School Assessment Test) is a standardized test that measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills that students need for successful performance in independent schools. This test allows 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 testing options available to applicants located in the USA and Canada are: The SSAT at Home and Prometric Test Centers.
UTS also accepts scores from the paper-based SSAT. Applicants can choose either the Standard or Flex paper-based tests, however availability may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
Students write the SSAT during Stage 1 of the UTS Application Process. If you send multiple scores to UTS through your SSAT account, only the top score 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:
The Official SSAT Practice Online & The Official SSAT Guide Book Bundle - $99.95 USD/full year
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.
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) 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 interview room consists of six interviewers sitting at their respective stations. The UTS MMI consists of six interview questions, assessed respectively by 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 station. This pattern is repeated through six 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 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.
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 45 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 30 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. Students who wish to prepare for the English writing sample can do so on their own by accessing the free Grade 6 level writing samples on the EQAO website.
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