Special requirements

Whether you are vision impaired, have a speech impediment or any other medical condition which means you can only take IELTS under special arrangements, IELTS test venues across our network can help you.

We can offer braille paper, modified larger paper, enlarged written prompts on the Speaking task card, special Listening test, lip reading version of Listening test, special amplification equipment, word processing software and voice-activated software.

It is best to contact your test venue before booking your IELTS test and they will be able to advise on the next available test dates. The notice time can vary depending on the modifications needed to your test.


Yes, it is.

We can provide a variety of arrangements to support you during the test if you have special requirements due to hearing loss, low vision, learning difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.

We can provide 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 or a 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.

Yes, it is best to contact your local test centre as early as possible informing them about your special needs.

Giving adequate notice is necessary for the modified test versions to be prepared or special administrative arrangements to be made.

If you have special requirements, you must book your IELTS test as soon as possible through your nearest IELTS test centre. It may take up to 3 months for the test centre to make special arrangements for you.

Your test centre will:

  • Confirm the application deadline
  • Get full information on your disability including a medical certificate
  • Make necessary arrangements for you to take the test. If your test centre is unable to facilitate your request, they will help you find the nearest test centre that can.