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The Oxford Test of English for Schools is an affordable, personalized test that fits you. Recommended for 12-16 year olds, it’s 100% online, flexible, fast and available at Approved Test Centres worldwide. Plus, it's the only proficiency test certified by the University of Oxford.

The advantage of the Oxford Test of English for Schools is that you can take it without completing a preparation course, as long as you are studying at the right level. To find out more about the appropriate level for you, speak to your teacher or your local Approved Test Centre.

What is it like to take the test online?

Taking the Oxford Test of English for Schools is a positive experience. People who have taken the test say the test looks and feels modern and that they felt comfortable taking it.

Try our interactive demo to have a feel of what it’s like to take the test online.

Free practice materials

The Practice Tests allow you to become familiar with the question types in the Oxford Test of English for Schools and with the format of the test. They should be used with the relevant audio files (for the Speaking and Listening modules), explanatory answer keys and audio scripts provided.

The audio files include pauses and preparation times that match those in the real test.

The answer key provides explanations as to why answers are correct or not, as well as model answers for Speaking and Writing.

Please note that performance on these practice tests may only provide a rough indication of how you might expect to do in the real test. They have been adapted for self-study or classroom use without a computer, and they are not adaptive like the real test. They are available at different levels of the test and can be photocopied for class use.

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

Eight questions on everyday topics

Part 2

Two voicemails in response to two different situations

Part 3

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 short texts from a variety of sources, each with one 3-option, multiple-choice question.

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

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

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  • 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.

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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
Taken 03 September 2016
Taken 25 June 2016
Taken 25 June 2016
Taken 03 September 2016

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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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.

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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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