IDP allowed to resume IELTS examinations

November 17, 2022 - 15:20
The decision comes into effect immediately and for a duration of five years. 


IDP is one of the two IELTS test organisers in Việt Nam. Photo courtesy of IDP Education Việt Nam 

 HÀ NỘI — IDP, one of the two IELTS test organisers in Việt Nam, has been granted permission to resume the language examinations by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET). 

The deputy minister of education and training Nguyễn Hữu Độ signed a document approving the decision on Thursday morning, resuming the language tests after one week of suspension. 

The document comes into effect immediately and for a duration of five years. 

Speaking to Vietnamnet online newspaper, a source from the MoET said that the other IELTS test organiser, British Council in Việt Nam, is still in the review process. 

The results are expected to be announced within the next few days. 

The education and training deputy minister Nguyễn Hữu Độ said: “The Education Quality Management Agency is actively providing support to the organisations. 

“The ministry will soon issue the approval when the dossiers fully meet the requirements, ensuring maximum benefits for candidates.”

On November 11, the MoET approved the examinations for the Aptis and Linguaskill certificates.  

On November 10, the IELTS examinations, one of the most popular English certifications in Việt Nam, was postponed for inspection until further notice. Other foreign language proficiency tests for Korean, Japanese and Chinese languages were also halted. 

The decision came as a surprise and had been causing concerns among students and parents, with some thought of going to neighbouring countries to take the test. 

The reason for the pause was that test organisers had not completed their dossier as required by the MoET, according to Decree No. 86/2018/NĐ-CP, and Circular No. 11/2022/TT-BGDĐT. 

Early this week, IDP Education in Việt Nam CEO said that it had submitted the required documents to the MoET for review and process. The British Council in Việt Nam was also expected to do the same. 

According to regulations, the dossier processing time is 20 days. — VNS