At the British Council, the health and safety of our staff, customers and the communities in which we operate is our top priority. Thank you for working with us as we follow the advice of the Korean government and the health authorities in our response to the spread of Covid-19 in Korea.

Following the Korean government's social distancing campaign, we have re-designed our test layouts to ensure that social distancing guidelines are observed. We have also adopted important additional hygiene measures that have been advised by the government. Please click below for more details of these. 

IELTS update (Vaccination Requirement)

(Update on 10 December 2021)

Following the latest announcement from the Korean Government, you MUST hold a vaccine pass or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours prior to the test day. The new rules take effect on Monday 13 December 2021 at the following test venues:

IELTS on Computer

- Seoul ERP IELTS Jongno Branch
- Busan EDM Uhak

IELTS on Paper

- Seoul EDM IELTS, Seoul Hanbit Media, Seoul ERP IELTS Gangnam Branch
- Incheon E Plan Academy, Gwangju Chonnam National University, Busan EDM Uhak

If you are unable to present your vaccine pass or negative COVID-19 PCR test result on the test day, you will not be able to sit for your test.

For more information, please visit Central Disease Control Headquarters and for the details on vaccine pass, please visit KDCA homepage.

IELTS tests run as scheduled. Test takers should read the special measures for test takers below and be fully prepared to comply.

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 Korean Government 
  • you have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.

Re-scheduling and refunds

We have made the following exceptions for test takers who can request to re-schedule their test date by up to three months or take a full refund without a deduction:

  • are currently in a country or place that would face quarantine on arrival in Korea, and are therefore are unable to travel to Korea for the test
  • are under 14-day compulsory quarantine order, 14-day medical surveillance or other self-quarantine order, as required by the Korean government
  • have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.

If any of the above apply to you, please contact us at exams@britishcouncil.or.kr with your test information(your name, test type, date, and test venue). We will send you rescheduling guidelines within five working days.

Professional and other exams updates

(Update on 10 December 2021)

Following the latest announcement from the Korean Government, you MUST hold a vaccine pass or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours prior to the test day. The new rules take effect on Monday 13 December 2021. If you are unable to present your vaccine pass or negative COVID-19 PCR test result on the test day, you will not be able to sit for your test.

For more information, please visit Central Disease Control Headquarters and for the details on vaccine pass, please visit KDCA homepage.

The list below shows the status of our professional and other exams. Test takers should read the special measures for test takers below and be fully prepared to comply. 

Please do not attend your exam if: 

  • you are under a 14-day compulsory quarantine, stay-at-home order, medical surveillance or a self-quarantine order, as specified by the Korea government 
  • you have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.

Re-scheduling and refunds

If your exam is cancelled or you are unable to attend your exam, please contact your Exam Board directly, so that they can manage any refunds or re-scheduling with you.

Special measures for test takers in the Covid-19 situation

Self-declaration form:

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 Korean Government 
  • you have a high temperature, persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.

Under 18s

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 keep your distance from other test takers or staff in accordance with the government's social distancing guidelines wherever possible
  • You 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 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.

For general information on Covid-19 in respect to studying in the UK and UK qualifications please see: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/moving-uk/coronavirus.

For more information or assistance, please contact our customer services team at exams@britishcouncil.or.kr