OTE (Oxford Test of English)
As of the fall of 2019, the Oxford Test of English can also be taken at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences testing center:
The Oxford Test of English is a new language proficiency test which aims to achieve an international reputation such as TOEFL and TOEIC and is increasingly gaining recognition at universities and other institutions.
It is a computer-adaptive test of general English that assesses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The testing center of Mainz University of Applied Sciences offers two testing options: Listening & Reading and the 4-skills version.
Registration for the offered dates is open to everyone as long as spots are available: students of Mainz University of Applied Sciences and also external participants.
Registration must be made at least three weeks before the test date.
Spots can only be allocated according to availability. Registration is considered binding after a confirmation has been sent. For more information or possible date changes please see our website.
Fees may be subject to fluctuations in the exchange rate between the Pound and the Euro!
At present (as of winter semester 2019/20), the following fees apply (to be paid in cash on the test day prior to the start of the test):
OTE Listening & Reading
Students of Mainz University of Applied Sciences
Fee for withdrawal or changes after the deadline
OTE 4 skills
Studierende der Hochschule Mainz
Fee for withdrawal or changes after the deadline
General proof of language level: As proof of the current language level, OTE can, for example, be included with application documents and is recognized as proof of language proficiency by considerably more institutions than, for example, OOPT.
(In contrast to TOEFL and TOEIC, the focus of OTE is not academic or job-related English, but rather general English).
For periods of study at our partner universities, proof of at least level B2 is usually expected. DAAD language certificates previously issued by instructors will only be issued in the future after the OTE has been passed with the corresponding number of points. (The only exception: Students who have received a grade of at least 2.0 in classes English I & II in the bachelor's degree programs of the School of Business within the last 2 years can have a DAAD certificate for Level B2 issued by the respective instructor). OTE is obligatory for all students to prove level C1 (minimum 135 points).
Please note: It is the student's responsibility to find out the applicable requirements of the desired university abroad and to register for the respective language test in due time.
Bachelor-Studierende des Fachbereichs Wirtschaft: Alternativ zum OOPT kann der OTE wie auch der TOEIC und der TOEFL zum Erlangen des Nachweises von Englischkenntnissen dienen; um Level B1+ vorzuweisen, müssen mindestens 97 Punkte erreicht werden.
The OTE levels corresponding to the CEFR:
A1 = 0-50 A2 = 51-80 B1 = 81-110 (B1+ : starting at 97) B2 = 111-140 (B2+ : starting at 127) C1 or higher = 141
No. The OTE is not a pass/fail test. The test scores indicate the level of proficiency in reading and listening comprehension as well as additional speaking and writing skills in the English language.
However, it is possible to fail to achieve the required score for a certain level, which is required as proof of language skills for a specific purpose.
The OTE is a tool to assess your overall proficiency in English. Improving your English skills requires you to expand your knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and structure of the English language and, more importantly, to practice both active and passive usage. This does not necessarily involve a preparatory or language course. There are several things you can do yourself every day that are useful in preparing for language tests. Here are some strategies that have proven successful in preparing for language tests:
- Listening to English music - music helps you to acquire the rhythm and intonation patterns of spoken English.
- Listening to radio/podcasts and watching videos - an easy way to absorb the language.
- Using the language - half an hour every day, during which you communicate only in English: from person to person and in emails, for example.
- Reading - reading is the best way to expand your vocabulary: for example newspapers, magazines, websites, books (light fiction, non-fiction) - it should be interesting and not too difficult.
- Writing - for example, keeping a journal in English, using new words and expressions and practicing them. This helps to internalize sentence structures and new words.
- Taking an English class - a placement test (for instance on OLAT for bachelor's degree students; OOPT; various online placement tests) before choosing a class gives you a rough idea of your level. Always choose English classes according to your level with the aim of progressing one level. After completing a class, we recommend you take another placement test or an OTE/TOEIC - this will allow you to see exactly what you have achieved and demonstrate your progress.
- Spend time abroad - a summer school, study abroad or take a semester abroad, an intensive language course abroad or simply just a vacation - direct live contact with the language and culture helps you to expand and deepen your knowledge effectively and sustainably.
After you have registered using the form, a personalized registration in the Oxford University Press system is also necessary for technical reasons. An email with an access link will be sent to you for this.
You must complere your registration in the system BEFORE the day of the test, because without this access you cannot take the test!
The results can be accessed in your personal account in the Oxford University Press system 14 days after the date of the test (you can also print out an official certificate with the results there).
It is also possible to send verified certificates by email directly from the system to institutions that accept the certificate as proof of language proficiency!