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

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

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

What do special arrangements for the IELTS test include?

  • braille papers
  • special IELTS Listening CD with necessary stops and pauses
  • lip-reading version of the IELTS 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 assistant 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 or email us examinations@britishcouncil.org.hk as soon as possible if you have special needs that may require a modified IELTS test version.