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Find a test centre and book your place

In your area, we continue to build a network of local test centres so you will be able to choose the right centre for your needs.

Unlike traditional tests which may allow you to take a test at specific times in a year, the Oxford Test of English offers you the choice and flexibility of choosing a test centre that suits you.

The Oxford Test of English is available in selected countries. Check the list of available test centres for further details.

Austria

Chile

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Saudi Arabia

Spain

Thailand

The advantage of the Oxford Test of English 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 a local Approved Test Centre.

What is it like to take the test online?

  • Taking the Oxford Test of English is a positive experience. People who have taken the test say the test looks and feels modern and that they felt comfortable taking it.
  • Take a look at the interactive demo to understand what it’s like to take a test online.

You can also download the sample test with the same questions, as well as the answer key:

Are there any practice tests?

Yes. There are two books with practice tests at B1 and B2 levels. You can use them on your own or in class with your teacher.


Preparing for your test

  • Study English at the right level. OUP coursebooks can be used as part of your preparation.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the test. Try the demo or download sample tests (PDF, 1 MB).
  • Practise. Get ready for the test with practice tests at B1 and B2 levels.
  • For more information please see A guide for test takers (PDF, 1,7 MB).

Experience the Oxford Test of English 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 also download the sample test with answer key, audioscripts (PDF, 1 MB) and audio files (ZIP, 40 MB).

Results and certification

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.

Sign in

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 LEVEL
B2
OVERALL SCORE
120
  • 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

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 A2, B1 and B2
  • This scale is used for individual modules and overall score
Special requirements

Special requirements

The Oxford Test of English can be taken with a range of special requirements, depending on your needs.

How do I apply for special requirements?

Complete the Special Requirements Request Form (PDF, 0.1 MB) and take or email the form to your local test centre.

A request for visual display or physical access changes must be made at least one month before your test date. This includes changes to the test room layout or workstation.

A request for extra time, breaks between modules or a private test session must be made at least three months before your test date.

You can request a combination of options. For example, you can request display options and extra time using the same form.

I have visual requirements

Display options

The Oxford Test of English is available with different display options. You can take the Oxford Test of English in high contrast (light text on a dark background) or pastel (dark text on a pastel background).

Enlarged text

  • You can take the test with enlarged text size (24 pixels).
  • Please note that enlarged text size may increase the need for scrolling on the screen.
  • You can view the above display and text options in the online demo.

What to do if you have visual requirements:

  1. Take the demo to decide which display options are best for you.
  2. Complete the Special Requirements Request Form (PDF, 0.1 MB).
  3. Give the form to your test centre and book your test at least one month in advance.
  4. Register when you receive a registration email.
  5. On test day, the test centre helps you set up the test.
  6. Take the test!

I have physical access requirements

If you have specific access needs (e.g. wheelchair access or adapted seating requirements), please describe them on the Special Requirements Request Form. Please note that not every Oxford Test of English test centre can meet all physical access requests.

  1. Complete the Special Requirements Request Form. (PDF, 0.1 MB)
  2. Give the form to your test centre and book your test at least one month in advance.
  3. Register when you receive a registration email.
  4. Test day: the test centre accommodates your needs.
  5. Take the test

I need extra time, a private test session, or breaks between modules

Extra time

You can request extra time to complete the Reading and / or Writing modules of the Oxford Test of English if this would help you. Extra time will be added to the whole time limit of the relevant module.

You can request extra time for one or both of the modules, depending on the nature of their condition. 25% extra time is available for each module.

All requests for extra time must be made in advance and supported by medical evidence. Please note that extra time is not currently available for the Speaking or Listening modules.

Private test sessions

You may be able to take your test in a private test session with a single invigilator. All requests for a private test session must be supported by medical evidence.

Please note that a private test session might not be available at all test centres.

Breaks between modules

The Oxford Test of English includes four modules: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The whole test takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

You can request rest breaks between the test modules if this would be helpful to you. All requests for breaks between modules must be supported by medical evidence.

What to do if you need extra time, a private test session, or breaks between modules:

To request extra time, a private test session, or breaks between modules, you’ll need to provide evidence of your condition (e.g. a medical certificate). To do this:

  1. Get supporting evidence of your condition. Supporting evidence must:
    • Be written by a qualified doctor, psychologist or other professional
    • Include the name, professional qualification(s) and address of the person providing the evidence.
    • Be in English, or professional translated into English from an original document in another language.
  2. Complete the Special Requirements Request Form. (PDF, 0.1 MB)
  3. Give the form and supporting evidence to your test centre and book your test at least three months in advance.
    • For temporary conditions, you’ll need evidence written in a suitable time period to confirm that the condition is still valid.
    • For permanent conditions, there is no time requirement.
  4. Register your Oxford Test of English account using the invitation email from your test centre.
  5. Go to your test centre on the test day. Take the test.

Other accommodations

For the options below you do not need to fill in the Special Requirements Request Form. You register with your test centre in the usual way and inform the test centre on the test day about your needs.

Reading support device

Test takers may use their own text isolation reading card – also known as a ‘text window’ – to aid focus on the specific area of text they are reading. This must be provided by the test taker and approved by the test centre on the day of the test. For security reasons, any reading cards must be free of writing.

Hand-held text magnifier

Test takers may use their own non-electronic hand-held text magnifier to add focus on specific text. This must be provided by the test taker and approved by the test centre on the day of the test.

Hearing difficulties

The Oxford Test of English is taken on a computer and all test takers wear individual headsets and can adjust the volume on the computer to meet the ideal level for their needs in the Speaking and Listening test modules. There is no audio in the Reading or Writing modules.

Special Requirements Policy

For more information about Oxford University Press’s ongoing commitment to making the Oxford Test of English accessible to as many test takers as possible, see the Special Requirements Policy.

Contact us

Need help? Contact Customer Support at otesupport@oup.com.

What if the test centre can’t accommodate my request?
The test centre will send your request form to Oxford University Press, who will try and help you find a suitable test centre.