Corona (COVID-19) affect on IELTS

corona affect on IELTS

By keeping in mind the health and the protection of the test takers and the examiners the IELTS examinations in some locations have been suspended and in some other places, it has been still carried on with necessary precautions.

It is advisable to the test takers who have come in contact with the Coronavirus (COVID- 19) suspect or someone who has a fever, shortness of breath or cough not to take the IELTS test.

Other measures are taken based on the region where the test has been conducted. For further details like changes in the test date or refunding of the amount already paid, you can contact the IELTS officials. 

Additional Health and Safety Precautions

  • The health of test-takers and examiners is very important.
  • It is advisable to the test takers who have come in contact with the Coronavirus (COVID- 19) suspect or someone who has a fever, shortness of breath or cough not to take the IELTS test or ask the test center to reschedule your test or refund the amount.
  • The test takers are requested to follow the official advice, which includes the self-isolation and the quarantine restrictions that are put in the country where the test is conducted.
  • The test takers and the examiners should wear a mask covering their mouth and nose as a precautionary measure.
  • Test takers are allowed to bring their own masks. But you may be asked to uncover your face in the test center for some security check-up.
  • The test takers are asked to wash their hands before entering the test center and throughout the day to create a safe environment

Important things to keep in mind

  • Do not attend the test, if you have symptoms like fever, cough, respiratory issues or any other flu-type symptoms.
  • Even if you come to the test center after having all these symptoms, you will not be allowed to take the test.
  • If the test taker is feeling unwell, he can ask for a fee refund.
  • If you have already been there in the test center and you are not feeling well, even then you can as for fee refund.
  • If there are any tests rescheduled or changes in the venue, it will be priorly informed to the test takers through SMS or an email.
  • You can make an inquiry regarding the tests by sending mail to the email ID available.

Different Solutions by the Partners to the Test takers 

  • The officials have planned to resume the testing as soon as possible in order to lessen the disruption both among the organization and test-takers who relying on the IELTS scores.
  • They also plan to have additional test sessions for the once who have to take the IELTS test as quickly as possible for the purpose of admission, once they get the permission to resume the testing.
  • The candidates are given with free reading materials to read for the IELTS test.
  • Finding out a larger venue for the test takers who take a paper-based IELTS examination.
  • As the speaking test is conducted separately from writing, reading and listening test. They are planning to take a speaking test as quickly as possible when the testing resumes.

Suspended Tests based on Locations

Country Status of IELTS Tests
Afghanistan all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Albania  all testing suspended until 10 May 2020
Algeria  all testing suspended until 29 April 2020
Argentina  all testing suspended until 11 May 2020
Armenia all testing suspended until 14 May 2020
Australia  Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Austria  all testing suspended until 19 May 2020
Azerbaijan  Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Bahrain  Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Bangladesh  Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Belgium all testing suspended until 15 May 2020
Bhutan  all testing suspended until 30 April 2020
Bosnia all testing suspended until 18 May 2020
Brazil Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Bulgaria all testing suspended until 30 April 2020
Cambodia all paper-based testing is suspended until 9 May 2020. Please check with your local test centre for details of computer-delivered testing
Canada
Chile Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Cameroon all testing suspended until 30 April 2020
China all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Colombia Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Costa Rica all testing suspended until further notice
Croatia all testing suspended until further notice
Cuba all testing suspended until further notice
Cyprus all testing suspended until 16 May 2020
Chech Republic all testing suspended until 15 May 2020
Dominican Republic
all testing suspended until 30 May 2020
Ecuador
all testing suspended until 17 May 2020
Egypt
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Estonia
all testing suspended until 30 April 2020
Ethiopia
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Fiji
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre.
Finland
all testing suspended until 16 May 2020
France
all testing suspended until 18 May 2020
Georgia, Tbilisi
all testing suspended until 22 May 2020
Germany
all testing suspended until further notice.
Ghana
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Greece
all testing suspended until 4 May 2020
Hong Kong
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Hungary
all testing suspended until 9 May 2020
India 
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Indonesia 
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Iraq
all testing suspended until 22 May 2020
Ireland
all testing suspended until further notice
Israel
all testing suspended until further notice
Italy
all testing suspended until further notice
Jamaica
all testing suspended until 10 May 2020
Japan
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Jordan
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Kazakhstan
all testing suspended until 11 May 2020
Kenya
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Kosovo
all testing suspended until 10 May 2020
Kuwait
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Kyrgyzstan
all testing suspended until 17 May 2020
Laos
all testing suspended until 4 May 2020
Latvia
all testing suspended until 12 May 2020
Lebanon
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Libya
all testing suspended until further notice
Lithuania
all testing suspended until 11 May 2020
Luxemburg
all testing suspended until 3 May 2020
Macao SAR
Some tests are suspended until 8 May 2020
Malaysia
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Malta
all testing suspended until 9 May 2020
Mauritius
all testing suspended until 4 May 2020
Mexico
some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Mongolia
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Morocco
all testing suspended until 20 May 2020
Mozambique
all testing suspended until 18 April 2020
Myanmar
all paper-based testing is suspended until 16 May 2020. Life Skills test continues to run.
Namibia
all testing suspended until 18 April 2020
Nepal
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Netherlands
all testing suspended until 1 June 2020
New Zealand
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Nigeria Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
North Macedonia
all testing suspended until 17 May 2020
Norway
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Oman
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Pakistan Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Palestinian Territories 
all testing suspended until 11 May 2020
Panama
all testing suspended until further notice
Peru
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Philippines
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Poland Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Portugal
all testing suspended until 19 May 2020
Qatar
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Romania
all testing suspended until 16 May 2020
Russia
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Rwanda
all testing suspended until 18 April 2020
Saudi Arabia
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Senegal
all testing suspended until 18 April 2020
Serbia
all testing suspended until 18 May 2020
Singapore
all testing suspended until 1 June 2020
Slovakia
all testing suspended until further notice
Slovenia
all testing suspended until 8 May 2020
South Africa
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Spain
all testing suspended until 25 May 2020
Sri Lanka
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Sudan
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Sweden some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Switzerland Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Tanzania
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Thailand
Some tests are suspended. Please check your local test centre for details.
Trinidad
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Tunisia
all testing suspended until 3 May 2020
Turkey
some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat 
all testing suspended until 14 March 2020
Uganda
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Ukraine
all testing suspended until 11 May 2020
United Kingdom 
 All testing suspended until further notice
United States of America  All testing suspended until further notice
United Arab Emirates
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Uruguay
all testing suspended until 11 May 2020
Uzbekistan
all testing suspended until 10 May 2020
Venezuela
all testing suspended until 13 May 2020
Vietnam
Some tests are suspended. Please check with your local test centre for details.
Zambia
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020
Zimbabwe 
all testing suspended until 31 May 2020

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Syed Monif is a professional content marketer and IELTS Trainer by day, and a bookworm by night, and sometimes during the day too! He currently works on creating extremely user-friendly and engaging content for the online portal IELTSMaterial. His work involves creating and editing content while making sure they're super interesting and easy to read! And also as a master procrastinator, right now he's probably googling something so arbitrary like 'How rich is Scrooge McDuck?' without realizing that his lunch break is almost over.

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