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Special Requirements

Special needs and arrangements for your test

  • Our official IELTS test centres can help if you have visual, hearing, speaking or learning difficulties. If you need a modified version of IELTS, please give the test centre three months’ notice.
  • If special arrangements (for example, extra time) need to be made then please give the test centre six weeks' notice.
  • Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have.
  • What do special arrangements include?
    • braille papers
    • special Listening CD with necessary stops and pauses
    • lip-reading version of the Listening test
    • enlarged print or Speaking task cards in Braille.
  • What sort of help can I get?

    If you have a visual impairment, we can provide:

    • enlarged print
    • Braille test papers
    • an amanuensis to write the answers for you.

    If you have hearing difficulties, we can offer:

    • special amplification equipment
    • a lip-reading version of the Listening module.

    If you have dyslexia, we can arrange:

    • extra time for the Reading and Writing tests.
  • Please contact your local test centre as soon as possible if you have special needs that may require a modified IELTS test version.
  • Tell your centre if you have special requirements
  • In order to ensure that the language ability of all test takers is assessed fairly and objectively, IELTS provides a comprehensive service for test takers who have special requirements, including specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties, visual difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.
  • If you require a modified version of the test, for example a Large Print or Braille version, you must give the test centre three months’ notice.
  • This notice period is necessary for the modified test version to be prepared.
  • If your circumstances require special administrative arrangements to be made, for example if you need extra time or you need to use access technology such as a screen reader, you must give the test centre six weeks’ notice.
  • Special requirement
    Modified version of test
    • Braille paper
    • Modified large papers
    • Enlarged written prompts on the Speaking task card
    • Special Listening test
    • Lip reading version of Listening test
    Notice period required
    3 months
  • Special requirement
    Special administrative arrangements
    • Extra time
    • Special amplification equipment
    • Word processing software
    • Voice-activated software
    Notice period required
    6 weeks

Please contact your test centre to discuss your requirements.

Any special arrangements agreed are in accordance with the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).