At Global Village, we are delighted to welcome test candidates back to our IELTS test centre (the only one on Vancouver Island). We have been working hard to welcome as many test candidates back as soon as possible, and we hope you will find this update helpful. We’ve been paying close attention to government recommendations and are pleased to reopen within those guidelines.
The biggest change is that the paper test is not currently available. If you want or need to take your IELTS test as soon as possible, your only option is to take a computer-delivered test.
Paper tests will be available again in the future, but at this time it is difficult to predict when. Check ieltsvictoria.com for updates.
The computer delivered tests are the same as they’ve always been, so if you’ve seen one before you will be familiar.
The questions are the same as paper-based tests, so the CD test is neither easier nor more difficult, but there are a few important things to remember. Here are the most important (in our opinion):
There are only 3 things that you need to bring: your passport, a mask and a wooden (not mechanical) pencil.
Your passport is essential for identification purposes and will be checked several times while you’re at the test centre.
You must bring your own protective mask for the safety of other test candidates, our staff and yourself – homemade masks are allowed. You will not be able to enter the test centre without a mask.
You should also bring a wooden pencil. Mechanical pencils are not allowed under IELTS regulations. If you forget a pencil, Global Village can give you one, and it will be yours to keep!
You may also bring a bottle of water, but the container needs to be free of any English words. Please cut off any labels before arriving.
After registering for a test, you will be emailed a time to arrive. When you arrive, the door to the test centre will probably be locked, but don’t panic about this. We will come and let you in because we know you are arriving at that time. Try to arrive on time, not too early or too late. We want to prevent lineups and crowding outside on the street. If there are others waiting on the street, please maintain a distance of 2 meters.
After someone comes to let you in, we will ask you some questions to check that you’re healthy, ask you to put your mask on, and check your passport.
After that, you’ll take your belongings to our secure room. You must leave ALL belongings there except your passport, mask, pencil and water bottle – if you bring one.
Next, we will take your picture and conduct another passport check. We will conduct the passport check through protective glass. Your photo will be taken for identification purposes, and at this time you will have to remove your mask and tuck your hair back behind your ears if you have long hair.
After these steps, you’ll wait for your speaking test. Once your speaking test is finished, you’ll wait for the invigilator to show you to your seat in the CD IELTS test room. Between your speaking test and the computer test, you may have time to leave the test centre depending on your schedule.
For some candidates, the computer test will happen before the speaking test. If there is a long break between finishing the computer test and your speaking test, you may leave the test centre to grab a snack or stretch your legs. You’ll need to go through the identity check again when you re-enter the test centre.
In addition to many other things, here are some of the enhanced safety protocols being used by GV so we can safely provide you with important testing services during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The speaking test is similar to the existing procedure with a few extra safety protocols added. Your examiner will wear a mask and so will you. We know that the mask can make things difficult to hear, so if you can’t hear the examiner just ask them to repeat the question.
The pen and whiteboard used by students to take notes during speaking task 2 will be sanitized after every candidate.
We are currently taking bookings for Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but our tests are filling up quickly, so book soon! This schedule is likely to change slightly for August, so be sure to check our website for up-to-date information (and book your test) at ieltsvictoria.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you found this helpful, and we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to work towards your goals during this challenging time. We know that many test candidates in the community are urgently trying to book a test, so we are just as pleased as you that we’re open again.
We recognize and understand how important this test is to you, and we’re doing everything we possibly can to process your requests fairly and deliver the test safely as soon as possible.
We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals.