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Special arrangements due to a health condition
  • 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 requirementExamplesNotice 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
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).