Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) updates

Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) updates

Last updated:  13 July 2020

All Paper-based IELTS and Computer-delivered IELTS in Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka and Kitakyushu of IDP official IELTS test centres will be reopened on June 1st.

Introducing Video call Speaking tests:

With the impact of Covid-19, to protect you further, test centre in Japan (Berkeley House) will be conducting your IELTS Speaking test via a video call format.

Your Speaking test examiner will not be in the same test room as you, but instead, you’ll speak with them via a video call in a private test room at your centre. All aspects of the Speaking test will remain the same, including the question types, timing and marking.

Find out more about IELTS Video call Speaking tests

Please check test date calendar for the next available tests in Japan.

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


On the test day

Please do not attend your test if:

  • You have been to overseas over the last 14 days; or
  • You have been in contact with any person suspected to be exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19); or
  • You have a cold, fever, are short of breath or have flu-like symptoms

On the test day, we appreciate your condition in following basic hygiene practices such as using hand-sanitiser.

If you have been affected by the travel ban or quarantine restrictions, please contact your test centre to arrange an immediate transfer or refund of your test.

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.

Looking after your health

Your health and safety is our top priority. More information on protecting yourself from COVID-19 is available here: (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

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

Changes to IELTS Test arrangements
  • Hand sanitisers readily available
  • Test takers and staff may wear a mask
  • Temperature measurement by non-contact thermometer
  • All test takers are required to sign a declaration form regarding your health condition, contact with any person suspected to be exposed to coronavirus and travel and quarantine before sitting their IELTS test
  • Classroom ventilation
  • Leave enough space between students (for paper-based IELTS)
  • Leave enough space between PC booths (for computer-delivered IELTS)
  • Leave enough distance between examinees and examiners (for speaking test) * Berkeley House (Tokyo, Ichigaya) has introduced the “Video Call Speaking Test” to talk with the examiner via a video call format.
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of our test centres and computer-delivered IELTS labs, including computers, desks and headphones