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Coronavirus (COVID -19) updates

At this point in time, while taking appropriate measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, IDP official test centres in Japan will continue to administer the test at their sites as scheduled. If you have a booking and the test is cancelled or rescheduled due to a government notice or other reasons, the test centre staff will contact you personally. If you have any concerns, please reach out to the test centreexternal icon directly.

If you are sick or in quarantine, please contact us via this formexternal icon to arrange a postponement or refund for your test.

Please look after your health and keep your distance from others. We know this may be a stressful and confusing time, but we are here to support you.

On the test day

Please do not sit the test if:

  • You have been in contact with any person suspected to be exposed to COVID-19.

  • You are suffering from COVID-19 on the day of the test or had been until the day before the test.

  • You have a cold, fever, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms.

As a general rule, we ask that applicants who fall into any of the above categories refrain from taking the IELTS test as there is a risk of infecting other applicants. If you decide not to take the test, we will refund the full amount of your test fee in accordance with the prescribed procedures. Please contact the test centre if this applies to you.

If you have been affected by the travel ban or quarantine restrictions, please contact your test centreexternal icon to arrange a postponement or refund for your test.

【NOTE】 After you sign the "Test Day Declaration Form COVID-19" on the day of the test and even if your body temperature is determined to be 37.5 degree Celsius or lower, if you show any cold-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, sniffling, frequent sneezing, etc.) that may indicate coronavirus, the test centre staff will, at their discretion, ask you to stop doing the test and leave the test venue. In such cases, the test fee will be refunded in full or your test will be rescheduled to another date without charge. This is to protect other students, test centre staff, and their families and friends from the risk of infection. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

・We ask that all students bring and wear their own masks to prevent infection. Students are allowed to wear masks throughout the test, including during the Speaking test. (Please temporarily remove your mask during the ID check.)

・Test centre staff, examiners, and interviewers wear masks at the test site.

・Please maintain hygiene by washing your hands and using hand sanitizer on the day of the test.

If you have travelled or stayed abroad within the past 14 days

If you have entered Japan in accordance with the Japanese government's entry rules (vaccination, quarantine period, etc.), you may sit the IELTS test. Rules differ from country to country and region to region, so please be sure to check the rules by yourself before making a booking or taking the exam. For more details, please refer to the latest information on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's website "Japanese Border Measuresexternal icon".

Face masks

You are welcome to bring with you a face mask that covers your mouth and nose, and wear this during your test. If you use a mask, you will be requested to remove it temporarily for photo identification and other purposes. You may find that staff and examiners are wearing face masks on test day.

What to wear on the test day

In the test room, we will open the doorways and windows to provide ventilation. We recommend that you wear clothing that can be adjusted for temperature.

About the Speaking test

The Speaking test is administered face-to-face, one-on-one with an examiner in a private room in the test centre.

In order to prevent infection, the following measures have been taken:

  • Require candidates and examiners both to wear masks during the test.

  • Provide sufficient spacing or install transparent screens (depending on the venue).

  • Sterilize chairs and desks every time there is a change of students.

  • Disinfect and replace writing tools.

  • Install air purifiers or keep doors and windows open for ventilation.

If you have any concerns, please contact the test centre.

Looking after your health

Your health and safety is our top priority. More information on protecting yourself from COVID-19 is available here: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/external icon (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

We know this may be a stressful and confusing time, but we are here to support you.

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