IELTS Special


IDP-IELTS aims to ensure that every candidate is treated fairly and objectively and that they are given optimum conditions to take their exams. 

If you require special arrangements to undertake your exam, please follow the instructions below. The assistance available can change and in some cases you may be exempt from a part of an examination because of a disability or difficulty.

Please note: Special Arrangements must be agreed with your test centre in compliance with IELTS. This process can take up to three months from the registration date: please take this into consideration when choosing the date of your test and contact us about it as soon as possible. 

If you need a modified version of test papers, please contact your IELTS test centre at least three months before the test date.

If you require administrative changes (e.g. extra examination time), please contact your local IELTS test centre at least 6 weeks before the test date.

A medical certificate, released at least two years before the test date, is required and has to be presented at the registration in both cases.

Documentation and type of support

What documents do I need to submit?

  • A request via your IELTS test centre

  • A legible medical certificate, in English, prepared in a period no more than two years before the test date and bearing the name, relevant qualification(s) and signature of a recognised practitioner.

What type of support can I get?

If you have hearing or visual impairments, you may be eligible for modified exam materials, including:

  • Braille papers (Grade 1/un-contracted or Grade 2/contracted)

  • large print: either A4 size (18pt bold font)

  • listening materials: special needs CD or lip-reading test

  • speaking materials: Braille or large print written prompt or large print visual prompt.

If you have specific learning difficulties or physical difficulty you may be able to request special administrative arrangements, including:

  • extra time

  • supervised breaks during the examination

  • an amanuensis (a person who will write down your answers), (only in case of physical difficulties)

  • a reader (only in case of physical difficulties)

  • a scribe/copier (verbatim transcript)

  • separate invigilation.

It may take several months for some special arrangements to be made for you, so you should make your application as soon as possible.

The possibility to undertake the exam with special arrangements is subordinated to centre’s reconfirmation.

For more information please contact your IELTS test centre