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Dos and Don'ts on OET Test Day and the Days Before

I recently passed my OET test, so I am aware of how nerve-wracking the day before your test may be. I have therefore compiled a list of advice and suggestions that I believe will be useful.

1. Arrive at your test centre well before your test time

Make sure you are well aware of the location and travel time to your OET test centre. You won't be allowed to enter the test room if you arrive late. Make sure to get there early and with plenty of time to spare because you will need to finish the registration.

2. Get your stuff ready

Once you have completed the payment, you will receive an email confirming the test date, time, and venue. Take a clear printout of that email and keep it along with the original ID with which you registered for the test (original valid passport and Aadhar card).

Since you are not marked for your appearance for any part of the test, so, wear something that you are comfortable in and that gives you confidence. It's usually advisable to bring an additional layer of clothing because the test room could be chilly if the air conditioning is on.

Although you will be given a pencil, pen, sharpener, and eraser before the start of your test, you can get your own stationery, but make sure it is in a clear, transparent pouch.

3. Disability

You must notify the testing facility well in advance of your test date if you have any kind of disability that will affect your performance.

4. No Phones

You are not permitted to bring any electronic devices into the exam room, including your phone. Before the registration process, you will be required to check all your personal things in a cloakroom.

5. Toilet

Go to the bathroom before entering the test room. The listening, reading, and writing run consecutively with only authorised bathroom breaks. Under test conditions, you may only use the restroom during Reading Parts B and C (except the first and last 10 minutes) and

writing (except the first and last 10 minutes).

6. Focus only on the test

When taking the test, try not to focus on anything else, and don't stress about your score, especially if you encounter challenging questions. In order to perform well on the test, strive to maintain your composure.

7. Pay close attention, and don't be reserved

If you can't hear the directions from the supervisor, don't be afraid to ask for help. Simply raise your hand to signal to the supervisor that you require assistance. The same holds true if you experience any technical issues with your headphones or your chair.

8. Don't stop at a single question

There are no negative marks in OET, so if you get stuck on a question in the reading or listening sections, make a guess and move on to the next question. Don't take too long to respond to one challenging question. The marks for each question are the same, and your next question might be straightforward.

Important things to remember:

  • Do not cheat; you are not allowed to use any form of learning aid in your test.

  • Do not lend anything to or borrow anything from another test-taker once the test has begun.

  • The supervisor is not allowed to help you with any of the test questions.

  • Do not talk to or disturb other candidates.

  • Don't continue writing after the invigilator tells you to stop. If you continue writing even one word or one sentence, you could have your whole test invalidated.

  • You are not allowed to take any materials from the test room.

  • Do not leave the test room without first getting permission from a supervisor.

Need more help?

If you have any questions about OET, I would be happy to answer them at You can register using this link

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