How do I request an Authorisation Letter?

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  • An authorisation letter allows candidates of refugee or asylum status to sit the OET if they do not have a valid passport or national ID. 
  • To request an authorisation letter complete the authorisation letter request form.
  • This request must be submitted within two days of booking.
  • Both the authorisation letter and original documents listed in your submission must be brought to the test, otherwise you may not be permitted to take the OET. 

If you do not have a passport or national government issued ID you can apply for an authorisation letter, which may allow you to sit the test. To request an authorisation letter please complete the authorisation letter request form. This request must be submitted within two days of booking your test. 

To be eligible for an Authorisation Letter you must be a:

  • Proven refugee / or of asylum status

When will I get it?

Once we have received your documentation, your request for an authorisation letter will be processed. You will receive your authorisation letter approximately one week prior to your test date via email. 

What do I do on test day?

Print out your authorisation letter and bring it, along with your two original identification documents to your test venue for registration on test day. 

Please note the following conditions of using an authorisation letter:

  • Authorisation letters cannot be used by those who hold a valid passport or national identity card.
  • Authorisation letters cannot be used for lost, stolen or legally confiscated passports nor when the document is subject to immigration processing or application for replacement.
  • A new authorisation letter must be requested each time you sit the OET (including if your test is deferred).

For more information, see 4.4 of OET's Test Regulations or contact the customer support team for assistance. 

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