Here I will provide you with information about IELTS and the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) as it is affecting many test takers.
Most places are back to normal now. However, there are occasional issues in some countries or cities and problems could occur in the future, perhaps over winters, so the information below could still be relevant if you are affected.
IELTS now have a new online test for those unable to take their exam due to the coronavirus.
It should be noted though that this is only for IELTS academic, so for those wanting to enter education, not for immigration.
It is only a temporary solution given the current situation, and as IELTS say:
For the speaking test, candidates will have to do this online with an examiner. For more information about the announcement, check here:
Note though that since coronavirus, IELTS is starting to have tests online more generally so you might be able to take the test at home. Learn more about taking the IELTS test online.
During the pandemic, some IELTS testing was suspended and who was and was not holding the test changed on a daily basis depending on circumstances and the spread of coronavirus and was constantly under review.
Now the pandemic has ended, there does not currently appear to be any suspended tests, but if there is any doubt, if for instance there are closures over coming winters, it's best to hone up and check with your local test centre if you are not sure and you have not been notified or you just want to know if the test is still running.
You can search for your local centre here if you wish to contact them:
If your test is suspended then the IELTS partners would work to try and reschedule as soon as they could but this obviously depends on the circumstances.
During the pandemic, some test centres ended up having to close soon after testing had taken place, meaning that staff might not then have been able to arrange for full marking of test papers.
Some IELTS test results were then delayed due to coronavirus and shut-downs of some cities. Again this was of course changing daily and was quite unpredictable.
Things are back to normal now but this same situation could occur with any future outbreaks. So again, if it does, you should check with your test centre if this may have occurred.
The information below is now not applicable as the pandemic is over, but should it occur again, these procedures would likely be the same:
They also allowed people to move the test date till later or cancel for a refund in certain cases, so again check this with your centre if this situation becomes relevant again in the future.
These are the steps that the IELTS partners took to keep tests going and to ensure people could take tests as soon as possible:
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