Do Canadian Universities Require SAT for International Students?

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Canada is slowly becoming one of the best countries to study for international students. One of the reasons is that the admission barrier is not as strong as that of the US.

Prospective applicants sometimes wonder if they need the SAT to get into Canadian universities. In this article, I covered everything regarding using SAT scores for admission to Canadian institutions.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it.

Do Canadian universities require SAT?

No, most Canadian universities do not require SAT or ACT scores for admission. These two standardized tests are not necessary when studying at Canadian universities.

Although some institutions in Canada accept SAT scores from undergraduate and graduate applicants, it’s not a major prerequisite for admission. International students should focus more on their English proficiency test scores than SAT scores.

However, if you took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), check your school’s admission requirements (you can find this on their website or the applicant’s brochure). Since students in Canada don’t take the SAT, you don’t need to submit your SAT score unless you are an international student or an American.

The admissions system used in the United States differs from Canada’s. This is why most American applicants are required to submit their SAT scores to gain admission into Canadian universities.

Shortly, I will get into the list of Canadian schools that accept SAT for admission. But before that, let’s look at universities that do not require SAT in Canada.

Universities in Canada that do not require SAT

The following Canadian colleges do not require SAT for admission:

  1. Trent University
  2. Royal Roads University
  3. Farleigh Dickinson University
  4. University of Windsor
  5. Thompson River University
  6. Concordia University Edmonton
  7. Ryerson University
  8. Lakehead University
  9. Selkirk College
  10. Douglas College
  11. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  12. Mount Allison University
  13. North Island College
  14. University of Guelph
  15. St. Thomas University

There’s so much more than this. As I said earlier, I recommend you check out your institution’s website for more information about their admission requirements.

Canadian Universities that accept SAT

Here are some of the Canadian Universities that will accept SAT in 2024:

  1. University of Toronto
  2. McMaster University
  3. University of British Columbia
  4. Mcgill University
  5. University of Montreal
  6. Dalhousie University
  7. University of Lethbridge
  8. Acadia University
  9. University of Manitoba
  10. St. Mary’s University
  11. Carleton University
  12. University of Ottawa
  13. Athabasca University
  14. University of Saskatchewan
  15. Capilano University
  16. University of Waterloo
  17. College of New Caledonia
  18. University of Calgary

What is SAT score needed to study in Canada?


Although there’s no minimum SAT score for Canadian universities, most of those that accept SAT has an average SAT score of 1100 – 1300. To be sincere, Canadian universities don’t care about whether you have a 1500 score or even 1600 (which is almost impossible).

Unless your major is competitive, you don’t need an almost perfect SAT score to get into any university in Canada. For example, if you want to major in CS as an international student at the University of Toronto, you may want to submit competitive test results.

What other things are required?

Now that you know universities in Canada do not require the SAT, there are other things you need to know about Canadian Unis admission requirements.

  • For undergraduate applicants, your GPA is calculated from your grades or marks in grade 11 and grade 12 in secondary school.
  • A 70% GPA is enough to get you into most schools in Canada. However, competitive universities will only accept students with 85% and above grades.
  • For undergraduate admission, applicants must have completed high school and submit proof of proficiency in either English or French.
  • A previous undergraduate degree in a related field is required for graduate admissions.
  • Applicants must also submit the required documents before their application is considered.

Do you have sleepless nights worrying about your low SAT score and whether it will get you into a good Canadian Uni? I guess this article has helped you.

If you have questions regarding Canadian admissions, please comment below. Even if you don’t have any inquiries, let me know what you think about this article.

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1 thought on “Do Canadian Universities Require SAT for International Students?”

  1. Dear Mr. Vernon, My name is Jay. This is a great article. Thank you. I was looking to help my son to plan his next step. He is currently studying in the 11th-grade IB curriculum.
    I want to know what will be the best premed course available for an international student and what are the prerequisites for those courses. Could I request your guidance and advice?


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