Candidate profile photo requirements

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  • Check the Apply for OET page on our website for more information

When you apply for the OET you will need to upload a suitable digital profile photo which meets the Photo Guidelines listed below.

If the photo uploaded is not suitable, you can submit a suitable photo via OET Candidate Profile Photo.  

Please ensure all Photo Guidelines are met.

Photo guidelines

  • To take OET you need to upload a recent, colour photo during the online application process.
  • Your photo needs to be in an electronic format (jpg), in order to complete your application.
  • Please follow our guidelines carefully. If your photo does not follow the guidelines, you will not be able to sit OET.

The photo must be:

  • in jpg, or gif format
  • file size must be between 200 KB and 2 MB
  • be in colour
  • be taken within the last three months
  • be of your head only
  • focus must be sharp
  • background must be white or a pale colour and have no patterns
  • be looking straight at camera
  • no head coverings (except for religious or medical purposes)
  • without anything covering the face - nothing should cover the outline of the eyes, nose or mouth
  • without shadows on the picture
  • no red-eye
  • neutral expression, mouth closed (no smiling, frowning or raised eyebrows).
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