Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) updates

Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) updates

Last updated:  3 February 2021

An extension of the Emergency Declaration has been issued for Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Fukuoka, and Tochigi prefectures (Tochigi prefecture until February 7) until Sunday, March 7. However, at this time, while taking measures to prevent infection, IDP official test centers in Japan will continue to administer the test at their sites as scheduled.

If the test is cancelled or rescheduled due to a government notice or other reasons, the test center will contact you directly if you have a reservation.

If you have any concerns, please directly contact the test center.

 

We want to give you timely and up to date information about IELTS and Covid-19 restrictions.

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

If you are sick or in quarantine, please contact us via the form  to arrange an immediate transfer or refund of 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’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.

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 the examiner in a private room in the testing room.

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

  • Both candidates and examiners will be required to wear masks during the test.
  • Spacing enough or installing acrylic plates (depending on the venue)
  • Sterilize chairs and desks every time there is a change of students
  • Disinfection and replacement of writing utensils
  • Installation of air purifiers or ventilation with windows and doors open

If you have any concerns, please directly contact the test center.

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/ (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
  • 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 (Please wear one that can be adjusted for temperature)
  • Hand sanitisers readily available
  • Leave enough distance between examinees and examiners (for speaking test)
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of our test centres and computer-delivered IELTS labs, including computers, desks and headphones

 

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