At the British Council, the health and safety of our staff, customers and the communities in which we operate is our top priority. We support and cooperate with all local government agencies to put the necessary measures in place to ensure the continued well-being of all with whom we engage in the course of our activities.
Following the recent government directives to practice safe distancing in Singapore we have modified our exams operations to ensure that test takers and staff maintain a one metre separation at all times. We have also adopted important additional hygiene measures that have been widely communicated by the government.
The current situation for IELTS is that tests will run as scheduled – please read our information on test day additional measures below, so that you are fully prepared to comply.
All test takers must sign a declaration form at the entrance of the exams area on test day to declare that they are eligible to attend the test session.
Please do not attend your test if:
- you are under a 14-day compulsory quarantine, stay-at-home order, medical surveillance or a self-quarantine order, as specified by the Singapore Government
- you have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.
Test takers under 18 years of age are strongly recommended to be accompanied by an adult until the necessary checks at the entrance of the test venue have been completed. If you are then excluded from the test, you and your accompanying adult must leave immediately. If you have not been given permission to leave the test venue unaccompanied, you will be escorted to a holding area until an adult comes to pick you up. Our staff will follow the British Council child protection policy and procedures when they proceed with this arrangement.
On test day:
- We advise you to report an additional 30 minutes prior to the previously specified arrival time of the test
- We are implementing temperature screening in the test venue before test takers enter the exams area. Test takers with symptoms of fever will not be able to take the test
- Please follow basic hygiene practices such as using hand-sanitiser provided on test day and regularly washing your hands
- Please maintain a one metre distance from other test takers or staff wherever possible
- You are welcome to/should bring with you, a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. You may be requested to remove this for identification or other purposes.
- For speaking tests staff and examiners may/will also wear a face mask. Neither the test taker nor the examiner can insist that the other remove or put on a mask for the purpose of the interview
- All test venues will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the start of the test. For computer-delivered tests, equipment will be cleaned between sessions
- You will be asked to take any stationery you use at the venue away with you except scratch paper, notes or workings sheets
After your test:
If you are diagnosed with Covid-19 within 14 days after you take your test, please report this to your test centre by email. This will help ensure we can communicate with other test takers and follow local health authority and government advice.