How do I defer?

Quick Read

  • Check OET Test Regulations 3.4 for a complete guide 
  • You can defer at any time up until test day
  • Administration cost before application closing date is $120
  • Administration cost after applications closing date passes is $200.

If you are registered for OET but are not able to attend the test on the date selected for any reason, you can defer to another available test date, subject to the conditions and fees listed below:

  • You may defer at any time up to and including the day of the test providing you have NOT gone through the test day registration process at the test venue (subject to the payment of any applicable administration fees – see below)
  • You must defer to a future open test administration date.
  • No refunds are provided for deferrals.
  • You must defer your whole application.
  • A deferral cannot be reversed.

You will only be deferred for free if one of the following cases apply:
1. Your test has been cancelled;
2. There are travel restrictions that prevent you from travelling to take your test; or
3. You have tested positive to a Covid-19 test.

In any of the above cases, please contact our support team, provide them with evidence of the above and they will defer you to another test for free.


Deferral administration fees 

Up to the application closing date for the test administration.

AUD $120

Login to your myOET candidate profile, click the small arrow on in the Action column under My Applications and click 'Defer'.

The administration fee and the non-refundable booking fee will be deducted from your refund.

After the application closing date for the test administration and up to the day before the test.

AUD $200

Either log in to your myOET candidate profile, click the small arrow on in the Action column under My Applications and click 'Defer'.

The administration fee will be charged. Your application will be deferred to the future test date you have selected.

On the day of the test providing you have NOT gone through the test day registration process at the test venue.

AUD $200

Complete the online Test Day Deferral form which must be submitted on Test Day.

CBLA will process your request. The administration fee will be charged. Your application will be deferred to the next available test date.


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    Pricilla Naisau

    How will I know that the administration fee has been charged?

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    I tried to defer my up comming exam and moving to january 11 2020. But a windows saying error keeps pooping out. Please help immediately

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    I have been having issues trying to defer my exam to 4th April 2020. Error keeps showing

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    I have already deferred my date to 7/11/2020 and my oet profile says exam is on 7/11/2020 but yesterday i have received confirmation mail for 11/10/2020.. please help immediately..

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    ارجو منكم المساعذ
    امتحاني في مدينه دبلن في ايرلندا وانا امقيم في الاردن ولا اساتطيع السفر بسبب ان السفاره الايرلنديه في الأردن لا تصدر تاشيرات قصيره ارجو تاجيل الامتحان من تاريخ 05/12/2020
    الى تاريخ 06/02/2012

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    Hey sir
    I want to change my date 5 th of December to 6 th of February because in my country the irish embassy is closed because of the Corona virus
    Please postpone the exam and not be penalized for postponement fees

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    Hi...i am.trying to defer my 19december exam to 9 may galway...same venue...but there is no arrow option in action column...plz help me as i am trying to get your help from last 4 days.....plz help me

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    Isabel Asschert88

    Hi! I am a pulmonologist working in the front line of COVI and I am isolated at home since yesterday because a close positive contact at work!
    I had my exam today!
    I am waiting my test but I can’t move, should I do the referral date paper?? Would you charge me the fee even If i cant move because of that???

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