IELTS test day and Covid-19

by IELTS — March 26th, 2020

Are you heading into your IELTS test? We are here to support you.

There is a lot happening in the world right now. We want to show you the additional precautions we have put in place to help protect your health and safety, so you can take your test and get on with pursuing your goals.

Please know that IDP’s global community is #InThisTogether as we navigate the restrictions and frequent changes in place due to COVID-19.

Please read the Novel Coronavirus – New Zealand updates and resources for the latest updates and information to testing in New Zealand.

Changes to IELTS Test arrangements

We have been following the advice of the World Health Organisation and relevant local governments to help create a healthy test day environment. Here is a summary of some of the additional precautions we have introduced for you and your fellow test takers:

  1. Ask you to sign a health declaration
  2. Test takers and staff may wear a mask
  3. Hand sanitisers readily available
  4. Test room disinfection & deep cleaning
  5. Additional spacing for test takers and reduced group sizes
  6. Partitions in computer-delivered IELTS test rooms

Health declarations

For the health and safety of all test takers, we will ask test takers to complete a self-declaration form confirming their health conditions on arrival.

We also advise you to please stay at home:

  • If you have been in contact with a person suspected to have been exposed to novel coronavirus
  • If you are unwell, have a cough or fever, or are showing signs of being short of breath
  • If you are currently under compulsory self-isolation

Wearing a mask

Test takers, centre staff and examiners will wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose during the test as a precautionary health measure. Test takers are welcome to bring their own mask. However, you may be requested to uncover your face temporarily for some security checks.

Hand sanitiser readily available

As we know, handwashing is key to preventing the virus spread. You will be invited to wash your hand on arrival at the centre and throughout the day. Anti-bacterial hand sanitisers will be provided at the test centres.

You can help create a safe testing environment by using the hand sanitiser and washing your hands regularly.

Test room disinfection and deep cleaning

We are disinfecting all test-related equipment (such as desks, chairs, HB pencils, erasers, headphones, monitors, keyboards, mice…) after every test.

Additional spacing for test takers

To follow self-isolation guidance instructed by the World Health Organisation, we are providing wider personal space for each test taker, including partitions in computer-delivered IELTS test rooms.

Reduced test session sizes

There will be lesser number of people in a room to ensure an increased and safe space between each other as you take the test.

Partitions in computer-delivered IELTS test rooms

Our computer rooms are equipped with partitions, ensuring a barrier between test takers.

Is testing suspended? Here are some of the ways you can use the time

If your test has been suspended, we have prepared a few tools to help you use the time to improve your score.

There are also a few other things you can do to position yourself to get your best score.

You can take an online practise test and get indicative band scores plus feedback from an official IELTS marker. Also, you can join the conversation on Facebook with daily tips on preparation. For visual learners, visit the official IELTS Writing video tutorials to help boost your Writing score.

Other fun ways to practice English at home:

  • Sing along to English songs
  • Watch films or television in English
  • Listen to podcasts or the radio

Unable to leave the house? Here is some support

If you are at home and under self-quarantine, then you can make use of the free preparation support available:

We’re here to support you to achieve your goals.