Oxford Placement Test

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Oxford Placement Test

For fast, accurate placement testing

Format: Online resource (Oxford English Testing)

The quick, easy and reliable way to test your students' English level.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-457154-8

Test your students' English level quickly and easily with the Oxford Placement Test, which has helped place millions of students in the right class. Automatically marked, it gives accurate, reliable and instant results, so you can be confident of placing students in the right class for their language level. The test is 100% online so students can take it in class or at home. Clear guides for teachers and learners provide step-by-step support through every stage of taking the test remotely.

Key features

  • Suitable for students aged 16+.
  • 100% online so students can take it at home or at school.
  • Automatically marked with instant results so you can start teaching the same day.
  • Learning Management System makes it easy to set up tests and manage results.
  • Computer adaptive technology gives more precise results than traditional placement tests.
  • Results include CEFR level (Pre-A1 to C2), a score out of 120, and the time taken.


"The Oxford Placement Test has been the favourite placement test in the Colombian Higher Education context for many years. It has provided institutions with accurate and reliable results for thousands of students."

Leopoldo Pinzón Escobar, Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia

What it tests

The Oxford Placement Test is in two parts - Use of English and Listening. Students are tested on their knowledge of grammatical form and vocabulary in the Use of English section, as well as their listening skills in the Listening section. In addition, both sections test how well students understand the meaning of what is being communicated. Understanding meaning is fundamental to communication and is an excellent indicator of language ability.

The test is designed for students aged 16 years and above. The topics, situations, and associated grammar and vocabulary are age appropriate and suitable for teenage and adult learners.

Ideal for home use

The Oxford Placement Test is ideal for testing students who are studying remotely. Clear guides for teachers and learners provide step-by-step support through every stage of taking the test.

Taking the Oxford Placement Tests at Home Guidance for Teachers (PDF, 1 MB)

Taking the Oxford Placement Test at Home Guidance for Learners (PDF, 1 MB)

How it works

The test is computer-adaptive, which means that it selects an easier or more difficult question depending on whether the previous answer was wrong or right. This makes the test shorter than a pen and paper test. Students will be asked between 40 and 45 questions, depending on their level. The test is timed and you can set the timer between 50 and 90 minutes to suit different students.

From the Learning Management System (LMS), you download and print or email the log in details to your students. The test is automatically marked as students answer each question, giving you an instant result when they have finished.

Language options

You can test in British English or American English making it more realistic for your students. Test the Use of English section in British or American English and select a mix of accents in the Listening section: 100% British English, 100% American English, or a 50/50 mix of the two. This gives you the flexibility to test different groups and to match the way you test students to the way they use and experience English.

Results you can trust

The Oxford Placement Test was developed to take the worry out of placing your students. Piloted on thousands of students across the globe, the test is continually validated to ensure it delivers results you can trust. To find out more, see The Oxford Placement Test: What does it measure and how? (PDF, 1 MB) by Professor James Purpura.

Results are reported as a CEFR level and standardized score for the test as a whole, and separately for the Use of English and Listening sections, allowing you to make fine-grained distinctions between students' abilities.To find out more, see The Meaning of Oxford Placement Test Scores (PDF, 0.6 MB) by Alistair Pollitt.

Simple to administer

User-friendly management tools make it easy to administer the test, and to manage the results. You can email login details to students for them to take the test remotely, or print login slips for them to take the test at school.

You can also customise the test results to help you with placement decisions. Add your own registration questions, such as a student's country of origin or native language. These are then shown in one table with the test results. If your school has its own system of categorising students, you can correlate the test results to those categories to appear with the test results.

Price and discounts

The Oxford Placement Test is 5.30 GBP, and is available to buy in your local currency. We also offer discounts when you buy higher numbers of tests.

FromToDiscount off each testUnit price
190%5.30 GBP + Sales Tax
10995%5.04 GBP + Sales Tax
10049910%4.77 GBP + Sales Tax
50099915%4.51 GBP + Sales Tax
1,0001,99920%4.24 GBP + Sales Tax
2,0004,99925%3.98 GBP + Sales Tax
5,00010,00030%3.71 GBP + Sales Tax

System requirements

Read the recommended specifications for your computer. You can also do an automatic system check which will tell you whether your computer can show the test questions and play the audio for the listening questions.