Oxford Test of English

Heilbronn University is now an approved test centre for the Oxford Test of English

The Oxford Test of English (OTE) is a general English proficiency test from Oxford University Press that is increasingly finding acceptance at universities and other institutions around the world. It is a computer adaptive test for general English that covers the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. It takes approximately 2 hours.

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 Heilbronn University 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.

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Test dates

The next test dates will be in the winter semester.

Until then, students are advised to seek alternative tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL from external test centers. Please contact your partner institutions for the exact language requirements.


    The OTE takes places at Heilbronn University, Bildungscampus, Building N, 1st floor. For further details, please check the confirmation email of test registration.

    Test takers are required to bring one of the following forms of photographic ID with them:

    • National identity card
    • Passport or
    • Driver’s licensce


    Please fill in the Registration Form and send it to oxfordtestofenglish@hs-heilbronn.de. We will confirm your registration by email.
    Please make sure to also check your junk mail folder.

    Please pay the registration fee by bank transfer according to the information in the confirmation email that we have sent to you.

    Create an account at Oxford University Press system.
    Once you have paid the test fee an additional, personalized registration in the Oxford University Press system is necessary for technical reasons – for this purpose you will receive a further email with an access link.
    Please note: the registration in the Oxford University Press system has to be done BEFORE the test day, otherwise no test participation is possible! The details you used to create an account must be entered on the test day again. Please make sure to remember them.

    About the Oxford Test of English

    The Oxford Test of English (OTE) is open for all: For students (for example of Heilbronn University) as well as external participants.

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Complete the Special Requirements Request Form and email the form to oxfordtestofenglish@hs-heilbronn.de. We will try our best to accommodate your request.

    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 / pupils: 95 €
    Others: 125 €

    Cancellation fee: 45 €

    You must pay the registration fee by bank transfer. Payment instructions are included in the confirmation email following your registration.

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    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 explore.

    Test dates