Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Process: General

Applications can be completed online at https://apply.utschools.ca/

Applications for all grades are due on Friday, December 2. Note: There are no openings for Grade 8 and no admissions for Grade 12. See the SSAT section below to check the deadlines for the SSAT test. More information can be found on the How to Apply page.

The application fee is $105 CAD. All fees related information can be found on the Tuition and Financial Assistance page.

Historically, the admission ratio in each grade level is approximately 20% of the applicant pool. On average, one out of every 5 candidates is admitted.

  • Grade 7: 96 students (50-50 gender ratio)
  • Grade 9: 24 - 28 students (50-50 gender ratio)
  • Grades 10 & 11: 1 - 4 students based on attrition

No. Applicants are admitted to UTS solely on the basis of high academic potential and the results of the entrance examinations. However, if everything is equal, we may consider siblings first.

The 2016-17 tuition fee is $24,500. UTS fees include a student activity fee, course fees, and outdoor experiential education trip. New students must also pay an enrollment fee, which was $2,000 in 2016. Additional costs including texts, supplies, class field trips, etc. can range from $300-600 depending upon the grade. All overnight trips that are not covered by tuition and student activity fees are optional. Participation in an athletic team or other team (e.g. chess) will not generally incur additional costs.

Yes, UTS has one of the largest financial assistance programs among independent schools in Canada. UTS awards approximately $1.2 million in financial assistance to approximately 20% of our students, from 5% to 100% of the tuition.

Absolutely not. Our admissions decisions are merit-based. Applications for financial assistance can be made only after an offer of admission is received.

 

The Application Process: Stage 1

The only criterion considered for Stage 1 is the Middle Level SSAT score for Grades 7 applicants and the Upper Level SSAT score for the Grade 9, 10 & 11 applicants. More information about the tests can be found on the SSAT webpage.

The SSAT can be written on any of the scheduled Standard or Flex dates listed on the SSAT website at any test centre, as long as the following deadlines are met:

  • Grade 7 applicants (Middle Level SSAT): on or before Saturday, December 3
  • Grade 9, 10, 11 applicants (Upper Level SSAT): on or before Saturday, December 10

Yes, there is a fee of $127 USD that is paid directly to SSAT. For families with limited financial resources, a fee waiver for the SSAT test and the preparation materials can be requested by contacting our Admissions Office, Kristine Maitland at 416-946-7995 or info@utschools.ca.

The best way to prepare for the SSAT test to become familiar with the format and content of the test through the SSAT website. SSAT provides a multitude of tools and materials, which, with sufficient independent practice, provides a high degree of preparation. UTS does not advocate the use of independent SSAT preparation companies.

Approximately 65% of the Stage 1 applicants are invited to Stage 2.

The minimum/cutoff SSAT score for each grade depends on the number of applicants each year. To inquire further, you can contact our Admissions Office, Kristine Maitland at 416-946-7995 or info@utschools.ca.

 

The Application Process: Stage 2

For Stage 1 applicants who are invited to Stage 2, the following 3 criteria are considered:

  • UTS entrance exam (for Grade 7 applicants only)
  • Personal interviews (for all applicants)
  • School reports (report cards, IEPs)

All of this information can be found on the How to Apply page.

For Grade 7 entry, SSAT scores are only used during Stage 1. They are disregarded for Stage 2 and only the 3 criteria listed above are considered. For entry in Grades 9-11, SSAT scores are still considered in addition to the 3 criteria listed above.

While a consistent and high academic record is important on the school report cards, much attention is paid to the teacher comments and learning skills of the applicant to ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the school.

The personal interviews are conducted in the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Each applicant is individually interviewed by 6 different interviewers, each at a different station. Each interview lasts for 5 minutes. The purpose of the MMIs is to help obtain multiple perspectives for each candidate as well as to help eliminate bias.

There is no preparation necessary for these interviews. We are looking for candidates to respond as naturally and authentically as possible. The questions vary each year and can be philosophical in nature, so preparation can sometimes hinder the natural flow of responses. It is important to encourage your child to be relaxed and rested before the interview.

The UTS entrance exam consists of a Mathematics test and an English exercise.

  • The Mathematics test is 40 minutes long.
  • The English test is 20 minutes long.
  • The practice exam can be found here.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the UTS admissions process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Officer, Kristine Maitland, at 416-946-7995 or info@utschools.ca