For information on enrollment and applying to the appropriate grade, please click one of the drop-downs below.
Grade 7 (UTS F1): 96 students
Grade 8 (UTS F2): No new enrollment
Grade 9 (UTS M3): 24-28 new students
Grades 10 and 11 (UTS M4 and S5): 1-4 students, based on attrition.
Grade 12 (UTS S6): No new enrollment
Stage 1 applicants who are invited to Stage 2 complete the following steps:
Results from Stage 2 are emailed to all applicants and selected applicants are offered admission to UTS
Stage 2 applicants who are offered admission report their decision to UTS
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. More information about SSAT can be found on https://ssat.org/
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.
Invitation to Stage 2 is based solely on the SSAT scores of the candidates, whereby approximately the top 50% of all applicants are invited to UTS for further testing and interviews. Other aspects of candidates’ applications are considered during Stage 2 as well.
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:
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
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.
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 one minute to prepare an answer. Candidates engage with the first interviewer for 4 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 40 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.
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 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.
Each of the 6 interviews is held in the form of a dialogue. The interviewer will provide you with a question and give you 1 minute to prepare your response. You will then have 4 minutes to discuss the response with your interviewer. 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!
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 Admissions Policy can be accessed here.