OECT Schedule


Registration Date

Test Date

Location (Check-In)


  • Please email lcompton@iastate.edu about testing options in December 2019.
  • Incoming ITAs can register for the January 2020 test using the code in their packets from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). 

December 2019

(Tentative: December 9-12)


January 2020

(Tentative: January 6, 8, 9)


  1. December 2019 tests are reserved for English 180 students and ITAs who missed the July-August tests.
  2. January 2020 tests are reserved for incoming ITAs.
  3. New ITAs who are already on campus can register for the December 2019 tests.
  4. PFF applicants should email Lily Compton to be put on waitlists.

NOTE 1: This schedule is subject to change. Please keep checking this page for updates.
NOTE 2: Students are strongly advised to take OECT as early as possible. We may not be able to accommodate late testing requests. 
NOTE 3: Seats for earlier dates will be available first; seats for later dates will open gradually.

For questions about OECT testing, email Lily Compton at lcompton@iastate.edu .

Test Registration


  1. OECT is designed for assessing international teaching assistants' oral English proficiency. Native speakers of American English or undergraduate students are not eligible to take this test.
  2. International graduate students with teaching appointments are required to take OECT. Students without a teaching assistantship OR international research assistants are not required to take this test.
  3. Students enrolled in English 180 can re-take OECT at the end of the semester. Students who are required but do not not take English 180 are allowed to re-test only after a year.
  4. Students are strongly advised to complete the registration as early as possible. Online registration opens at 10am on each of the dates designated above. 

Directions (please read carefully)

Test registration is offered through the OECT Portal, which requires entering TOEFL or IELTS scores. ITAs who are re-taking the test may choose the "exempt" option. First-time test takers must provide their TOEFL/IELTS scores unless they are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. A valid NetID (ISU email address before "@iastate.edu") and correct student ID number (on the student's ISU ID card) are required for test registration for all test takers. Students should confirm their information in order to proceed to the registration part. Submit only one registration per testing period. 

Once the online registration form is completed and submitted, students are notified by email when test scheduling begins and will be asked to select a test date and time, after which they will receive another email confirming their test time.

Click here to register for OECT

On the test date

Test takers must arrive at the check-in location one hour before their scheduled test time. For example, if the test appointment is at 10:40a.m., the student is required to check in at 9:40 a.m. to prepare for the TEACH part of OECT. Test takers must also bring the following documents to the test:

  1. University ID card (or another photo ID such as driver's license or passport)
  2. Their most recent official TOEFL or IELTS score report and a photocopy of it (first-time test takers only). If students do not have an official TOEFL record available, they may present a printout of their TOEFL scores reported on the ETS website at their check-in. Students who have earned a bachelor's or higher degree in the U.S. and thus do not have a TOEFL/IETLS record to bring in should present proof of their degree by email (lcompton@iastate.edu) or at the check-in on the test date. Proof of degree may include a copy of the diploma or a transcript with the earned degree and the student's name listed. 
For additional information about OECT, email lcompton@iastate.edu.