Our official IELTS test centres can help if you have visual, hearing, speaking or learning difficulties. If you need a modified version of IELTS, please give the test centre three months’ notice

If special arrangements (for example, extra time) need to be made then please give the test centre six weeks' notice.

Evidence of disability 

  • The evidence needs to be provided in Czech or English. In case of a Czech medical report, a summary in English is required. There's no need for a certified translation. 
  • The evidence should be an original document on headed paper, and bearing the name, relevant qualification/s and signature of a recognised, qualified professional. 
  • The evidence should give a clear statement of the candidate’s disability. 
  • The evidence should make it clear how the disability justifies Special Arrangements.

Additional criteria apply in the case of applications for Special Arrangements for candidates with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia): 

  • The evidence must be in the form of a letter or report prepared when the candidate was aged 13 or older. 
  • The evidence must include details of the degree of disability. 
  • The letter or report must include an assurance that the evidence of specific difficulties was obtained through the results of appropriate and recognised tests and the tests used must be stated. 
  • The evidence must be provided by a fully qualified educational, clinical or chartered psychologist, or other appropriately-qualified specialist assessor. 

The organisers of the test may not be able to provide the service requested. Requests submitted after the end of the regular registration period will not be accepted. If you have a disability or special need, contact us

Computer-delivered IELTS candidates, who require special arrangements such as extra time, or modified question paper material, must be entered for the paper-based exam and not computer-delivered IELTS.

Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have.

What do special arrangements include?

  • 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.

What sort of help can I get?

If you have a visual impairment, we can provide:

  • enlarged print
  • Braille test papers
  • an amanuensis to write the answers for you.

If you have hearing difficulties, we can offer:

  • special amplification equipment
  • a lip-reading version of the Listening module.

If you have dyslexia, we can arrange:

  • extra time for the Reading and Writing tests.

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