Please do not attend your test if:
- You are under 14-day compulsory quarantine, stay-at-home order, medical surveillance or a self-quarantine order, as specified by the local authorities.
- You have been in contact with any person suspected to be exposed to coronavirus; or
- You have a cold, fever, are short of breath or have flu-like symptoms.
If any of the above applies to you, please email the test centre and we will reschedule your test at no additional cost.
On test day
In order to ensure safety and prevent the spread of Covid-19, health precautions are in place to protect both staff and candidates at our testing venues:
- Self-declaration form: All test takers must sign a declaration form at the entrance of the exams area on test day to declare that they are eligible to attend the test session.
- Test takers should not attend the test if: they are under a quarantine, self-quarantine, stay-at-home or medical surveillance order, as specified by the local authorities OR if they have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.
- Test takers under 18 years have to get the declaration form signed by the guardian. The guardian will have to leave the test premises and return to collect their ward.
- Temperature screening will be in place at all test venues. Test takers with symptoms of fever will not be able to take the test and will be asked to go home.
- Social distancing measures must be adhered to – with staff and test takers always two metres apart.
- All test takers should bring and wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose. We may request to remove this for identification or other purposes. Staff and examiners will also wear a face mask on test day.
- During the test, should any test taker display symptoms of high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms, he/she will be taken to an isolation room and further medical advice will be sought as per local country legislations.
- New hygiene protocols in place with sanitation stations in every test centre.
- Masks should be disposed of carefully in designated bins at the end of your test session.
- Test takers will have to bring their own stationery (pen, pencil and eraser), and this must be taken away with them after the exam - except for scratch paper, notes or workings sheets.
- Test takers should limit their belongings to only essential items like a wallet / purse and mobile.
After your test:
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 14 days after you took your IELTS test, you are requested to report this to your test centre by email. This will help ensure we can communicate with other test takers and follow government advice.
The health and safety of test takers and test staff is our number one priority. Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, the British Council will continue to follow all directives made by the local authorities. Our precautions will be kept under review and we will remain vigilant to the developing situation.
More information on protecting yourself from novel coronavirus (COVID 19) is available here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-f...