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Changes to IELTS test arrangements in some locations due to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Last updated on 17 February 2020

In the interest of protecting the health of test takers and staff, IELTS tests are suspended in some locations. In other areas, tests will continue with additional health precautions in place. 

Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Mongolia

  • All IELTS tests are suspended in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Mongolia:

- Mainland China – tests scheduled for March 2020 have been cancelled
- Macau SAR – tests currently suspended until 1 March 2020
- Hong Kong SAR – tests currently suspended until 24 February 2020
- Mongolia - tests currently suspended until 1 March 2020 

  • These dates will be reviewed as the situation develops.
  • Transfers and refunds are available for affected test takers by contacting the test centre by email. Please do not visit the test centre as opening hours may be impacted.  

Collecting Test Report Forms in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Mongolia

  • Test takers who have already taken their test will receive their TRF by mail. 
  • If results are urgently needed and it is 5 to 7 days since your computer delivered test or 13 days since your paper test then please email your test centre.

Other locations

  • Tests scheduled in other locations are currently not affected, though this may change based on the advice of health authorities. The IELTS partners and test centres will keep test takers informed of any changes.
  • If you have registered for an IELTS test and have any concerns or questions about the arrangements for your test, please email your test centre. 
  • Test takers should follow the required self-isolation periods requested by the country where they are taking the test.
  • Any test taker who has travelled from Hubei province in China in the last 14 days should not attend a test. If a country’s government has issued more extensive health warnings, test takers should follow the country’s advice. 
  • Any test taker who has a cough, fever or is showing signs of being short of breath, should not attend a scheduled test. In these instances, test takers will be eligible for transfer or refund. 
  • As a precautionary health measure, until further notice test takers, centre staff and examiners may wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose during the test.  

The IELTS partners are monitoring the situation very closely and will take relevant measures to protect the health of our test takers and of our colleagues around the world, in line with the advice of national healthcare authorities. 

At this difficult time, our thoughts and best wishes are with our test takers, colleagues and friends in the areas affected by the virus.

Protecting yourself

Further information and advice on the Coronavirus situation is available on the World Health Organization website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019