Registering for the OET & What to Bring

Instructor: Bill Sands
The OET features strict requirements for both the registration process and test day procedures. Read on to learn what you'll need to sign up and what you can bring on test day.

OET Registration & Test Day

Signing up for the Occupational English Test, or OET, is a fairly simple process. Candidates will be required to select a test date, pay a test fee, and provide the required identification documents. On the day of the test, you won't need to bring anything except for the aforementioned ID and basic writing utensils (pencils, erasers, etc.).


The first and most important step of the registration process is selecting your test date. Currently, the OET is hosted at a New York location--the only testing site in the United States. The test is offered multiple times per year with test dates spread across the year. For 2017, the test is offered on the following dates:

  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • November 4

Registration typically closes about a month before the test, although it is recommended that you sign up as soon as possible. With so few test dates, waiting too long means you run the risk of losing out on a spot and being forced to wait until next year to sit for the exam.

Registration Materials

To sign up for the OET, you'll need three things:

  • A credit card (or billing information)
  • A valid, government-issued photo ID
  • A digital passport photo

The payment details are necessary for the test fee, which is $587 AUD. This comes out to about $445 USD.

In order to prevent misconduct and ensure fair testing results, the OET exam comes with strict identification requirements. Identification materials must include a photograph, and they must be valid on test day. Should you choose to take the test outside your country of origin, you'll need to bring your original valid passport.

Photo ID guidelines are similarly strict. Provided photos must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Color photo with white background
  • No more than three months old
  • Saved in .jpeg format with a file size between 20 and 200 KB
  • Show only the head
  • Have sharp focus (no photos that are blurred, pixelated, etc.)
  • Show a neutral expression (no smiling or frowning)

What to Bring on Test Day

When it comes to the OET, it's more about what a candidate does not bring to the testing site. All you will need is your valid ID, and the only things you may bring into the testing site are writing materials and a clear plastic water bottle.

Under no circumstances may you bring in any mobile devices, notes, bags, purses, dictionaries, books, cameras, or even mechanical pencils. Candidates will be provided with a secure room in which to place their personal effects. Any attempt to smuggle in forbidden materials may result in your scores being invalidated.

Preparing for the OET

Now that you understand the registration and test day procedures for the OET, you can now focus on studying for the test itself. publishes this OET Study Guide & Practice course for prospective candidates. The guide contains a thorough review of all relevant test topics, with seven chapters and over 50 lessons.

Students will also benefit from this Grammar Resources for ELL Students course which goes over essential grammar rules. These ESL Vocabulary Flashcards can also help you acquire new words and brush up on the ones you already know.

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