Questions around the administration of language proficiency tests in Vietnam came to a head this month when the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) announced new requirements for test providers on 8 November 2022. In effect, the MOET statement set out that exams for foreign language proficiency can only be given by organisations that have received official permission from the Ministry to do so.
The move follows a series of suspensions of testing schedules announced in September and October, including proficiency exams for Chinese (HSK, HSKK), Korean (TOPIK), and Japanese (NAT-Test). Sittings for other exams, including PTE and TOEFL, were postponed as early as 10 September.
Following the Ministry’s 8 November announcement, the two major IELTS providers operating in Vietnam, the British Council and IDP, said that they too were postponing testing until further notice.
The British Council Vietnam has now received approval from the government to resume testing at 10 of its centres.
IDP Education will also resume IELTS testing at four of its test centres in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Danang. Exams are still suspended at IDP centres in 37 cities across the country as the organisation awaits further approval from the education ministry.