IELTS Continues to Conduct Exams Amidst Covid-19 Situations With Introduction of Safe Alternatives

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IELTS introduces IELTS Indicators for people who are not able to attend the exam at the center. It also announces IELTS test dates for 2020.

IELTS the international English language testing system. The standardized test for non-native English-speaking countries that opens get to English speaking countries such as the US, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. With 3.5 million people taking the exam last year. The exam procedure had to be stopped due to the global pandemic covid-19 situation. Managing director of Cambridge assessment English Christine Nuthall addresses the issue stating they are aware II of the problems faces bi candidates for not able to take the exam due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. He also stressed Don how the current situation should not be a barrier in any aspirant’s interest to study abroad. He went on to introduce the IELTS indicator as an alternative in places that are hit by the virus. The committee has decided to launch an online exam with which aspirants can take the exam without visiting the premises of IELTS test centers.

Now candidates can take exams from their place of residence without moving out of their home. IELTS claims to have established a way to conduct exams without compromising on the quality. For speaking sessions, the evaluators are trained to perform a video call interaction session. The announcement seems to you have shown A Ray of hope among the aspirants.

Following were the IELTS test centers in India but not all are safe to be functional yet. Ambala, Amritsar, Barnala, Bhatinda, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Karnal, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Moga, Noida, Patiala, Rudrapur, Angamaly, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Madurai, Mangalore, Trivandrum, Thrissur, Trichy, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Siliguri. Thimphu, Ahmedabad, Anand, Baroda, Bhopal, Goa, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Navsari, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, and Thane.

Following are the scheduled IELTS Test Dates for the year 2020

Months Dates Of IELTS 2020 For (Tentative)
Academic only Academic and general
June 18 20
25
27
July 2 4
9 11
18 16
23 25
30
August 6 8
20 15
29 22
September 5 12
17
26
October 10 24
15 31
November 7 12
28 21
December 3 5
12 19

Along with the negative side, the pandemic has also given some of the advantages, especially for people preparing for exams. Aspirants now have the time to dedicate to the examinations. There are online tutorials and study materials available for better IELTS preparation. By introducing the IELTS indicator, authorities have made it a secure and safe solution for exam takers.

Things To Consider Before Opting for the IELTS Indicator:

IELTS indicator is a platform created for a temporary basis. It is not a substitute for the exam that was usually held. The exam held in person carries more weightage. It is an alternative solution that the board came up with to avoid any delay that could happen because of the lockdown. The board may ask candidates to retake the exam once the situation cools down. With this, an important conclusion can be derived that unless it is imperative to take the exam required for academic purposes, it is wise to wait for sometimes till the in-person exam writing option is feasible. If there is no emergency for taking the exam, candidates can avoid making the IELTS indicator. It is also going to be a challenge for candidates with network issues as there are chances of discrepancies in many localities.

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