As of 20 May 2020 we have resumed our exam activity in Slovakia.

Candidates coming from abroad

please see the latest Covid-19 updates on entering the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before registering for an exam with the British Council. We reserve the right to refuse entry to candidates who fail to present a valid proof that they comply with the valid requirements on entering the Slovak Republic.

1. Should I book an exam, given the current situation? What will happen if it gets cancelled?

Yes, please register for the exam you are interested in. If we have to cancel it, we will offer you a free transfer or a refund.

2. Will you be organising additional exam sessions now that your centre re-opened?

We are aware that because of the restrictions brought about by Covid-19 there are many test takers waiting to sit their exams. We are working with both IELTS and Cambridge English to agree a calendar of sessions that will meet the needs of both our individual candidates and the schools/institutions that register candidates with us.  

Please check for information on available exams dates: IELTS and Cambridge English.

3. Is it safe for me to take an English test with the British Council?

The health of our test takers and staff is our priority. Before we open any test centre we ensure that we are following all local government safety guidelines as well as those of the British Council and we brief our test centre staff so they are up to date on what to do and how to prepare for the arrival of test takers. 

We have put the following measures in place to make our test centres as safe as possible:

  • Test venues and equipment will be cleaned thoroughly prior to each test session
  • Our staff will be wearing masks.
  •  You will be required to wear a mask in all common areas and maintain physical distance at all times. If you would like to, you may also wear latex gloves although this is not required.
  • We will provide sanitisers throughout the test venue and we ask that all test takers use them regularly or wash their hands to help ensure a safe environment.
  • We will not provide pens or pencils to test takers who will be asked to bring their own stationery on the test day.

Learn more about COVID-19 Safety precautions on the test day. You will also receive a message from the test centre outlining the safety measures and requirements for the test day.

4. Is there any limit on the number of customers inside your exam premises?

Test venues have limits on numbers of candidates that can be seated there. This will depend on local government regulations and the size of the venue. As we are maintaining physical distancing at all test venues, we will be able to accommodate fewer candidates than before Covid-19.

5. Do you provide gloves and disinfecting hand gel?

We will have hand sanitisers located at different points at the test venue. We will also ensure that there is liquid soap in the bathrooms so that test takers can wash their hands.

We will not be providing masks, but test takers will be required to bring their own on the test day.

We will not be providing latex gloves. You can bring your own but they are not mandatory.