Oxford Test of English for Schools for Schools

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The Oxford Test of English for Schools is a computer-adaptive general English proficiency test recommended for 12-16 year olds. Developed by Oxford University Press and certified by the University of Oxford, it is more flexible, cost-effective, and faster than traditional proficiency tests. The level and format is exactly the same as the Oxford Test of English, but the content is tailored to suit the interests and experiences of younger test takers. The report cards and certificates issued for the Oxford Test of English for Schools are identical to those issued for the Oxford Test of English.

The Oxford Test of English for Schools will be available from April 2020.

Test format about the test

The format of the Oxford Test of English for Schools is exactly the same as the Oxford Test of English. It 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.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Speaking – Approximately 15 minutes

Part 1

Interview
Eight questions on everyday topics

Part 2

Voicemails
Two voicemails in response to two different situations

Part 3

Talk
Short talk on an issue or scenario

Part 4

Follow-up questions
Six follow-up questions on the theme of the
Part 3 talk

Listening – Approximately 30 minutes

Part 1

Multiple choice – picture options
Five short monologues/ dialogues each with one 3-option multiple-choice question with picture options

Part 2

Note completion
A longer monologue with five 3-option multiple-choice note completion questions

Part 3

Matching opinions with people who say them
A longer dialogue with five 3-option multiple-choice questions focussing on identifying opinion

Part 4

Multiple choice
Five short monologues/ dialogues each with one 3-option multiple-choice question

Reading – 35 minutes

Part 1

Multiple-choice questions on short texts
Six profiles of people to match with four longer text descriptions

Part 2

Multiple matching
Six profiles of people to match with four longer text descriptions or Six items to match with three profiles of people

Part 3

Gapped text
Six extracted sentences are inserted into a longer text

Part 4

Multiple-choice questions on a longer text
Four 3-option multiple-choice questions

Writing – 45 minutes

Part 1

Email
Written response to an input email
80 – 130 words
20 minutes

Part 2

Essay or article/review
Essay OR article/review on a topic typical of classroom discussion
100 – 160 words
25 minutes

Part 3
Part 4

See a sample test

Take the online demo test

Experience the Oxford Test of English for Schools with the online demo.

  • By accessing the demo you are not registering for the test.
  • You will not get results or a certificate.
  • The demo is free to use as many times as you want.
  • The appearance of the real test may be different from the demo.
  • You can close the demo at any point. You do not have to answer all of the questions.

Do you have any special requirements? You can view options here.

For the best experience, use the demo in a desktop browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge).

Download the sample test

You can download the sample test with answer key and audio files.

Results and certification

Results and certification

With the Oxford Test of English for Schools, your overall level of English is certified by the University of Oxford. Results are ready within 14 days. Your certificate is exactly the same as for the Oxford Test of English.

Organizations and institutions

Organizations and institutions are also able to independently verify the results.

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 CEFR LEVEL
B2
OVERALL SCORE
120

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.
A2
A2.1
A2.2
B1
B1.1
B1.2
B2
B2.1
B2.2

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Oxford University Press is committed to making the Oxford Test of English for Schools accessible to learners with special requirements. For more information about the options available, click the links below:

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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.

A letter from the University of Oxford

The following letter marks the University’s endorsement and certification of the Oxford Test of English.

The Oxford Test of English for Schools

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