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The Ultimate Guide to OET Test Day on computer: Part 1

This article is part one of our Ultimate Guide to OET Test Day series that explores all the key elements you need to be aware of before you take your OET on computer. You can find part two on the OET Blog.  

Sitting a high-stakes English test like OET can be nerve-racking. All the work you’ve put into learning English and all the new skills you’ve learnt are for Test Day.

To make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible, it’s essential to understand what you can and cannot take into the test room. To calm your nerves, we’ve put together the Ultimate Guide to OET Test Day.

Below you will find information about:

  • What to pack
  • The check-in process when you arrive at your test venue
  • The ID check.

Take a look through the first part of our ultimate guide to OET Test Day below.

Checking your timetable

The logistical preparation for Test Day starts long before you arrive at the venue. One of the first actions you need to take is to check your booking confirmation email for your timetable. It will show you the following:

  • The start time for your Listening, Reading and Writing sub-tests
  • The location of your test venue for Listening, Reading and Writing
  • The start time for your Speaking sub-test, which you ‘ll be taking from home via Zoom.

Please double-check all of this to make sure you don’t turn up at the wrong time or the wrong place. Please arrive at your test venue for the Listening, Reading and Writing sub-tests 30 minutes before your start time.

What should I bring?

Don’t forget to bring the same ID you used to book OET.

Valid ID

The most important item you need to bring with you is your valid ID document. You need to make sure the one you bring is the same one you used to book OET. If your ID changes e.g. if your passport expires and you get a new one, please contact OET several days beforehand to ask them to change your ID details.

If you bring the wrong ID, or the ID doesn’t match the document you used during the booking stage, you won’t be allowed to take the test.

Booking number

You will need the booking confirmation number that’s on the email you received when you booked your test. Please either bring a print out of the email with you or write the number down to bring it with you.

Face mask

Please bring a mask or cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth. You will need to wear this the whole time you are at the test venue. Masks with exhale/ one-way valves are not allowed.

Drinking water

If you would like to, you may bring a clear plastic bottle of water with no label on it. Any labels must be removed beforehand.

What should I leave at home?

Due to the high value we place on the security of the test, we require test-takers to follow some rules.

Jewellery is not allowed so it’s important not to wear other jewellery to the test centre. If you do bring any jewellery, you will need to store it in the locker that the test venue will provide you.

Hair accessories, ties and bowties will need to be inspected as part of the security check. It’s better to avoid wearing ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, tie clips, cuff links and other accessories as you may not be allowed to wear them into the testing room; you will have to store them in your locker.

The OET Test Regulations also set out several items you’re not allowed to bring into the test room. These include:

  • Any paper
  • Writing materials (e.g. pens, pens or highlighters)
  • Correction fluid or tape
  • Bags, notes or study materials
  • Dictionaries or thesauruses
  • Electronic items such as phones, headsets, MP3 players, cameras and watches.

It’s a good idea to bring a bag with you to your test venue so you can put your phone and other restricted items into it while you take the test. Violation of security protocol may result in the confiscation of prohibited devices and termination of your exam.

3. Check-in process

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a member of the venue staff in the reception area. They will ask for your name and confirmation number (it’s on your booking confirmation) and check your ID . They will then go through some rules and regulations with you. Be sure to ask if you haven’t understood anything.

Next you will be allocated a locker and given a key to it. Please put all your personal items in the locker, including your mobile phone (on silent!), jewellery and water bottle.

You may then be asked to sit in the waiting area until it’s time to proceed. Now is a good time to go to the toilet if you need to do so before your test.

4. Security check

You will now be taken through a security check with a test administrator. They will begin with a visual inspection to ensure you don’t have on you any cameras, earpieces, notes or other items that could give you an unfair advantage in the test.

You will be required to remove your eyeglasses for close visual inspection, to pull up your sleeves, turn your pockets inside out and raise your pants legs.

Finally, they will take your photo and show you to your desk.

Prometric, who runs the test venues, has put together a great video guide to show you what the whole process will be like. Please note, however, that unlike in the video, they will not give you pen and paper to use during the test.

You can find the second part of The Ultimate Guide to OET Test Day here!