Special requirements

Special requirements

IELTS test centres make every effort to cater for test takers with 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 and visual difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.

If you require a modified version of IELTS, you must give the test centre three months’ notice. If your circumstances require special arrangements to be made, e.g. extra time, you must give the test centre six weeks' notice.

Special arrangements include the following:

  • Extra time for medical conditions or infant feeding
  • 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.

Please contact your local test centre as soon as possible. if you have special needs that may require a modified IELTS test version.

Visual Difficulties

If you cannot see, partially sighted or have problems seeing, we may be able to help you take your IELTS test.

Hearing or speaking difficulties

The IELTS test includes a Listening and a Speaking test. If you have hearing or speaking difficulties, we may be able to help you take your exam.

Learning difficulties

If you have specific learning difficulties, like dyslexia, we may be able to help you take your IELTS test.