Oxford Test of English
OTE certificate for studying abroad or job applications
The OTE assesses your current language level in General English. You may need this certificate for internships or job applications as well as when studying abroad.
Students of the University of Duisburg-Essen who apply for a semester
abroad at our partner universities usually need a DAAD-Certificate to
prove their knowledge of English. The results from the OTE can be used to issue this certificate.
Please note: Students are responsible for informing themselves about the language requirements of the desired university abroad and, if necessary, to register for the language test in due time. Contact your international office for details.
Test takers are required to bring one of the following forms of photographic ID with them:
- National identity card
- Passport or
- Driver’s license
How can I prepare myself for the test?
There are many ways to prepare for the Oxford Test of English. Because the test assesses your general proficiency in English, you are able to consult a wide variety of English language study resources. Many are available in the library on campus. These resources focus on vocabulary building and
written expression in a variety of contexts and at all CEFR levels.
You might also want to consider practicing your speaking and listening skills by meeting regularly with English speaking students and watching films,
television series, and news broadcasts or podcasts in English. Talk to your English language lecturer for more information.
Additionally, Oxford University Press has multiple test prep resources to
About the Oxford Test of English
Who can participate?
The Oxford Test of English (OTE) is open for all students currently enrolled in a degree programme at institutions of higher eduacation in the area.
What do I have to consider?
- Registrations for a test date are limited and can be made as long as places are available.
- In case of high demand, additional test sessions may be opened.
- Registration must be made within the registration period (see registration deadlines).
- Your registration is binding after you have received a confirmation email from us.
- The test center reserves the right to cancel a test session in the unlikely event that a minimum number of participants has not been reached by the end of the registration period.
- Previously registered participants will be informed promptly and will be asked to attend the next available test session or may request a refund of the registration fee.
- Any further claims are excluded.
Score: How to read the test results?
The OTE scale corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
You are given both a score for each module and an overall score which provides your general level of English.
Can I fail the test?
No. The OTE is not a pass-or-fail test. The test results show the level of reading and listening comprehension as well as the ability to speak and write English.
When and how do I get the results?
Your results for the Listening and Reading modules will be available immediately after the test.
Your results for Speaking and Writing will be ready within 14 days.
Sign in to your personal account in the Oxford University Press system to see your results and print out your certificate.
However, it is of course possible not to achieve the required number of points for a certain level, which is required as proof of language ability for a certain purpose.
How do I apply for special requirements?
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
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.
Students: 95 €
Cancellation fee: 45 €
You must pay the registration fee by bank transfer. Payment instructions are included in the confirmation email following your registration.