WHAT SORT OF HELP CAN I GET?

If you have diagnosed learning difficulties (ex: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, etc.), we can arrange:

  • extra time for the Reading and Writing tests (12.5% to 25% extra time)
  • a word processor (spell check is not authorised)

 If you have a visual impairment, you can benefit from:

  • enlarged test papers (format A4, font Arial 18)
  • extra time for the listening, reading and writing tests (25% extra)
  • a word processor (spell check is not authorised)
  • an amanuensis to write answers (only candidates who cannot type can benefit from this arrangement)
  • Braille test papers (50% to 100% extra time)
  • a Braille word-processor (not provided by the British Council, must be approved)
  • a magnifying glass or equipment /non-photographic or internet connected (not provided by the British Council, must be approved)

 If you have hearing difficulties, we can offer:

  • amplification equipment
  • a lip-reading version of the Listening module
  • exemptions from the Listening and Speaking tests (only for candidates with certified inability to lip-read English)

HOW TO APPLY FOR SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS?

  • Request special arrangements at registration

Make sure that while applying online for your IELTS test you answer YES to the following question:

Do you have any specific needs which require special arrangements to be made?  

Requests for modified papers: medical certificate received by IELTS Team at least 12 weeks prior to the test. - Request processed. Arrangements put in place.
Requests for modified papers: medical certificate received by IELTS Team less than 12 weeks prior to the test.  - Arrangements will not be put in place. A transfer to next available date will be offered. 
Request for other special arrangements: medical certificates received by IELTS Team 6 weeks prior to the test  - Request processed. Arrangements put in place.
Request for other special arrangements: medical certificates received by IELTS Team less than 6 weeks prior to the test  - Arrangements might not be guaranteed. A transfer to next available date may be offered. 


Your medical certificate must:

  • be an original document written on a headed paper
  • be certified by a qualified professional (educational, clinical or chartered)
  • list all special arrangements which you require in exam conditions (special arrangements must be clearly justified)

N.B. If you are a candidate with learning difficulties (ex: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, etc.) you must provide a medical certificate issued when you were age 13 or older.

For more information, please contact the IELTS Team at ielts@britishcouncil.fr