What is Оxford Test of English
The Oxford Test of English is a general proficiency test which assesses the test taker’s ability to understand and communicate effectively.
*All four skills modules are taken online*
*Modern and relevant texts and prompts*
How it works
Reading and Listening
Reading and Listening modules are adaptive. The tasks given to the test taker are chosen according to a complex set of rules which takes into account:
- How the test taker has responded to earlier questions – whether they got them right or wrong
- What the task is about – to make sure that different topics and functions are covered
- The level of difficulty of the task
- Where the task fits into the overall test - the module and part
This means that the test is:
Shorter – a reliable score in fewer items.
More accurate – not a percentage of right and wrong answers.
A better experience for the test taker as it is targeted at their level.
More secure – each test taker gets personalised questions.
Writing and Speaking
In the Writing and Speaking modules test takers receive tasks chosen at random from an item bank.
Responses are sent online to trained professional assessors who rate the answers according to CEFR criteria.
Randomised tasks reduce the chance of cheating and improve security.
Structure of the test
The Reading module has four parts and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
The Listening module has four parts and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
The Writing module has two parts and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. In the second part, the test taker has a choice of items, allowing them to play to their language production strengths.
The Speaking module has four parts and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.