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Do Canadian Universities Require SAT For Admission?

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 SAT to get into Canadian universities. In this article, I covered everything regarding the use of SAT scores for admission to Canadian institutions.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it.

Is SAT required to get into a Canadian University?

No, most Canadian universities do not require SAT or ACT scores for admission. These two standardized tests are not important when it comes to 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 rather 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 applicant’s brochure). Since students in Canada don’t take 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 is different from that of Canada. This is why most American applicants are required to submit their SAT scores to gain admission into Canadian universities.

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

Which Universities in Canada 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. Just like I said earlier, I recommend you check out your institution’s website for more information about their admission requirements.

List of Canadian Universities that accept SAT

Here are some of the Canadian Universities that accept SAT in 2022:

  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 SAT score is 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, whether you have a 1500 score or even 1600 (which is almost impossible), Canadian Universities don’t care about it at all.

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 at the University of Toronto as an international student, you may want to submit competitive test results.

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Apart from SAT what other things are required?

Now that you know that SAT is not required by universities in Canada, there are some 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/or 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 must submit proof of proficiency in either English or French
  • For graduate admissions, a previous undergraduate degree in a related field of study is required.
  • Applicants must also submit the required documents before their application is considered.

Do you have sleepless nights worrying about your low SAT score and if it’s going to get you into a good Canadian Uni? I guess this article has helped you.

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

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