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The Oxford Test of English is an affordable, personalized test that fits you. 100% online, it's flexible, fast and available at Approved Test Centres worldwide. Plus, it's the only proficiency test certified by the University of Oxford.

The Oxford Test of English was shortlisted for ‘best in summative assessment’ at the 2020 e-Assessment Awards, which highlight and celebrate “the outstanding and positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment”.

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about the test

The Oxford Test of English is a multi-level, general English proficiency test which assesses the ability to understand and communicate effectively in English, reporting at three CEFR levels: B2, B1, and A2.

The test covers all four skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

The Reading and Listening modules are computer adaptive, which means that the test adjusts the difficulty of questions based on the test taker's responses, making the test more motivating, shorter, and giving a more precise measurement than traditional proficiency tests.

The Speaking and Writing modules use task randomization, making each test an individualized experience.

Overview of the Oxford Test of English structure

Module No. parts No. tasks No. items Timing (minutes)
Speaking 4 6 15 Approximately 15
Listening 4 12 20 Approximately 30
Reading 4 9 22 35
Writing 2 2 2 45
TOTAL 14 29 59 Approximately 2 hours
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Speaking – Approximately 15 minutes
Interview
Eight questions on everyday topics
Voicemails
Two voicemails in response to two different situations
Talk
Short talk on an issue or scenario
Follow-up questions
Six follow-up questions on the theme of the Part 3 talk
Listening – Approximately 30 minutes
Multiple choice – picture options
Five short monologues/ dialogues each with one 3-option multiple-choice question with picture options
Note-completion
A longer monologue with five 3-option multiple-choice note-completion questions
Matching opinions with people who say them
A longer dialogue with five 3-option multiple-choice questions focussing on identifying opinion
Multiple choice
Five short monologues/ dialogues each with one 3-option multiple-choice question
Reading – 35 minutes
Multiple-choice questions on short texts
Six short texts from a variety of sources, each with one 3-option multiple-choice question
Multiple matching
Six profiles of people to match with four longer text descriptions
Gapped sentences
Six extracted sentences are inserted into a longer text
Multiple-choice questions on a longer text
Four 3-option multiple-choice questions
Writing – 45 minutes
Email
Written response to an input email
80 – 130 words
20 minutes
Essay or article/review
Essay OR article/review on a topic typical of classroom discussion
100 – 160 words
25 minutes
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Module-by-module overview

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With the Oxford Test of English, your overall level of English is certified by the University of Oxford. The results are ready within 14 days. Sign in to your account to see your results and print out your certificate.

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How your certificate works

  • You are given a score for each module.
  • If you have taken all four modules you will get an overall score.
  • The overall score is the average of each module.
Module Score
Speaking
Taken 03 September 2016
100
Listening
Taken 25 June 2016
112
Reading
Taken 25 June 2016
128
Writing
Taken 03 September 2016
140
OVERALL LEVEL
B2
OVERALL SCORE
120
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  • The Oxford Test of English scale is from 51–140.
  • The scale is aligned to CEFR levels B2, B1 and A2.
  • This scale is used for individual modules and overall score.
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A2
A2.1
A2.2
B1
B1.1
B1.2
B2
B2.1
B2.2

Breakdown of the Oxford Test of English certificate

  • The Oxford Test of English scale is from 51–140.
  • The scale is aligned to CEFR levels B2, B1 and A2.
  • This scale is used for individual modules and overall score.
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How the test was developed

The Oxford Test of English has been designed and developed over several years, with great care taken at each stage to ensure reliability, accuracy, alignment to CEFR, and quality.

Read the Oxford Test of English Test Specifications (PDF) for a detailed description of the development process.

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