Update as of 11 January 2023

Update on cancellation of IELTS on Computer tests from 10 to 12 January 2023 for regular system maintenance

Currently, the British Council and IELTS co-owners all over the world operate the IELTS on Computer test on the Connect Plus system. This is a global operating system with high security and auto saving functions that support test takers if there are potential incidents on the test day. Regular maintenance of the system is important to ensure it runs effectively and provides a safe and smooth experience for IELTS on Computer test takers.

The IELTS on Computer test cancellation from 10 to 12 January 2023 is due to regular scheduled system maintenance. This test cancellation is not due to any system errors, as has been incorrectly reported in the media recently.

The IELTS on Computer tests scheduled from 13 January onwards will continue as planned. All IELTS on Paper tests are not affected at all and will continue as planned too. 

The British Council contacted all affected test takers to inform them of the 10–12 January IELTS on Computer tests cancellation when we were informed of the system maintenance schedule. All affected test takers were immediately offered a free transfer to another test date in January. The British Council's IELTS on Computer tests are available on weekdays with test results available within 3–5 days.

For more information on IELTS on Computer tests, please visit https://www.britishcouncil.vn/en/exam/ielts 

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Update as of 20 December 2022

Update on IELTS tests 

As of 26 November 2022, the British Council has resumed all IELTS tests according to the guidance of Circular No. 3773/QĐ-BGĐT issued by the Ministry of Education and Training. 

To support candidates who had to change their test dates during the IELTS tests postponement, we are offering more IELTS on Paper and IELTS on Computer test sessions. Additional IELTS on Paper tests are available on 22 and 29 December 2022, 5 and 12 January and 2 February 2023 in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hai Phong and Vinh City. 

For the IELTS on Computer, candidates can register for the test on any day of the week. Three test time slots are available daily and candidates can get test results within three to five days. To familiarise yourselves with the IELTS on Computer, candidates can refer to the following guidance:

In addition, the British Council have been working closely with potential partners to complete the registration procedures as prescribed in Circular No. 11/2022/TT-BGDĐT and Decree No. 86/2018/ND-CP to expand our test venues in other provinces. We hope that candidates in all regions of the country can soon access the IELTS exam more easily and conveniently.

We sincerely thank our test takers for their continued patience and understanding, and we look forward to receiving you at our British Council test venues soon.

For more information about the IELTS test, please visit: https://www.britishcouncil.vn/en/exam/ielts

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Update as of 22 November 2022

Update on IELTS tests

The British Council has received approval from the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to resume IELTS test delivery and is expected to recommence testing on 26 November 2022, five days after submitting the official test schedule to the local authorities, according to the guidance in decision 3773/QĐ-BGĐT issued by MOET. 

At present, the British Council has been approved to conduct the IELTS test at 10 locations in 5 cities and provinces, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hai Phong and Vinh.  

We are actively working with our partners to reschedule tests as soon as possible. Detailed information will be directly shared with affected test takers. 

We will also continue working with potential partners to complete the registration procedures as prescribed in Circular No. 11/2022/TT-BGDĐT and Decree No. 86/2018/ND-CP to expand our test venues. 

We sincerely thank our test takers for their continued patience and understanding.  

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Update as of 18 November 2022

Resumption of British Council IELTS tests

The British Council is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Education and Training has approved our application for the resumption of delivery of IELTS testing from 18 November 2022 onwards, according to the provisions of Circular No. 11/2022/TT-BGDĐT and Decree No. 86/2018/ND-CP. We acknowledge the support and guidance from the Ministry of Education and Training to enable us to resume testing in a timely manner.

The British Council will reach out to all affected test takers directly by email to share further details of the resumption of their IELTS tests.

We also welcome new test takers to register for the test with us at British Council approved test venues.

We look forward to receiving them at our British Council test venues soon. For more information about the IELTS test, please visit: https://www.britishcouncil.vn/en/exam/ielts

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Update as of 16 November 2022

Update on postponement of IELTS tests

The British Council has supplemented and completed the application for joint delivery of the IELTS test according to the provisions of Circular No. 11/2022/TT-BGDĐT and Decree No. 86/2018/ND-CP. We hope to receive approval from the Ministry of Education and Training for this application soon.

We look forward to receiving our test takers soon at one of our British Council test centres in Vietnam.