We are often asked for last minute tips by students who are trying to prepare for their exam!
You may find some of the following OET test tips are helpful for you as you prepare for the big day.
1) Do we get a pencil or a pen in the OET test and can we ask for a change? How should we cross things out if we get a pen?
It’s best to use pencil and to get used to writing with a pencil during test preparation. There’s some good information from OET here about test day stationery: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/ultimate-guide-oet-test-day-part-1/2) While attempting reading and listening parts A and specifically the writing test, what method of self-correction is best, using a pencil or a pen?
Pencil3) Can we move between questions in section B and C of reading and listening?
Yes, you can move between the sections, but there is limited time in listening so it is not recommended. Reading Part B and C share 45 mins, so it is more likely that you have time to do so during these parts.
4) In the paper-based OET test, how much will our handwriting affect our marks in the writing sub-test?
Like any exam, if the examiner cannot understand your writing, this is a problem! But you will not be marked higher or lower simply because of handwriting style. It’s a good idea to make sure your writing is readable of course.
Hopefully these tips are helpful, if you have a query that is not covered in these questions, please send it through to and we will do our best to answer it for you!