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, please contact special.arrangements@britishcouncil.at atleast six weeks prior to the intended test date. Please send an email with your desired test date(s), medical evidence and details of your requirements. We will then contact you with further details of how to proceed with your test booking. 

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