Covid-safe IELTS testing continues in Australia

by IELTS — June 11th, 2020

In Australia, IELTS testing continues to go ahead. Additional precautions are place to help protect the health of test takers and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, IELTS in Australia was one of the few locations around the world that kept testing. This minimised disruption to life-changing opportunities for international students already on-shore and those who needed an English language proficiency test for migration.

To ensure the health and safety of our test takers and teams, Australian test centres implemented strict physical distancing procedures and additional hygiene practices.

Changes to test day arrangements included asking our test takers to sign a health declaration, inviting test takers, test day staff and examiners to wear masks, and conducting temperature checks. Hand sanitiser is readily available and test rooms are frequently disinfected and deep cleaned. Additional spacing in test rooms, reduced testing groups and participation in computer-delivered test rooms were some of the other measures put in place.

Absolutely fine. No issues with the video versus face-to-face. Would recommend. Good quality video and sound.

Video Call Speaking test for IELTS

Computer-delivered IELTS has allowed IELTS Australia to quickly adapt test day arrangements to adhere to government requirements – providing a greater flexibility for test takers and organisations who rely on IELTS results.

Furthermore, Australia test centres introduced Video Call Speaking tests as an interim safety measure.

Video Call Speaking tests are delivered over a secure video call by a certified IELTS Speaking examiner, enabling a real-life, real-time two-way communication – just like in the face-to-face IELTS Speaking tests.

Video Call Speaking tests are exactly the same as the in-person Speaking test in terms of content, scoring, timing, question format and security arrangements.

IDP Sydney and Macquarie University were the first to launch Video Call Speaking tests, which was received positively by our test takers.

The examiner was lovely. I felt at ease, comfortable at all times. When my time was up in certain parts I was stopped in a way that was appropriate rather than being cut off.

Computer-delivered IELTS

By continuing to run Computer-delivered IELTS and adapt test day arrangements, IELTS continues to support test takers achieve their work and migration goals during this difficult period.


Learn more about computer-delivered IELTS