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Special requirements


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Alternative arrangements due to a health condition

If you are taking the IELTS test and have special requirements - due to hearing, visual, learning difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding - we can provide a variety of arrangements to support you during the test.

These include:

  • modified and enlarged print papers
  • Braille papers
  • Braille and enlarged print versions of the Speaking test
  • lip reading version of the Listening test
  • extra time for the Reading and Writing test or use of a computer (e.g. for candidates with dyslexia)
  • a scribe to write answers on your behalf
  • special Listening test (e.g. using amplification equipment and/or lip-reading version of the Listening test for those with hearing difficulties).

Test centres deal with all applications for special arrangements individually. You will be asked for full details of your particular circumstances. They will make every effort to make all the necessary special arrangements for you to complete an IELTS test.

How much notice do you need to give to your test centre?

Whatever your special needs, it is best to contact your local test centre as early as possible. Giving adequate notice is necessary for the modified test versions to be prepared and/or special administrative arrangements to be made.

Special requirement Examples Notice period required
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
3 months
Special administrative arrangements Extra time
Special amplification equipment
Word processing software
Voice-activated software

Next steps

Contact your local test centre to discuss your needs.