IELTS Special Arrangements For Test-Takers - IELTS University (Singapore)

IELTS Special Arrangements For Test-Takers

The owners of the IELTS exam make every effort to make the IELTS exam accessible to all types of test-takers. For this reason, arrangements for candidates with special needs can be made at any test center can be upon request.

Who Can Make IELTS Special Arrangements


Special arrangements include arrangements for candidates, with learning difficulties, sensory disabilities, such as visual or hearing difficulties, or any medical conditions.

How can you request special IELTS arrangements

To request a test center for special accommodations due to medical issues or disabilities, candidates will need to provide the following information:

  • A medical certificate from a professional who has dealt with the candidate
  • Details about the nature and degree of the disability
  • Details about the degree of the disability
  • Proof of medical testing or documentation of the disability

Candidates need to inform their respective test centers about their special arrangements 6 weeks before their actual test date. This is because it will take time for the responsible people at the test centre to review your request to determine if they are authentic, and make the necessary arrangements if your request is approved.

In certain cases, like sensory or disabilities, candidates may be provided with a modified version of the IELTS test. candidates with medical issues may be asked to provide a medical certificate to prove the validity of their special needs.

Visual Difficulties


  • Candidates with visual impairments may be given extra time to complete their tests. This can be up to 25% extra of the original time.
  • You can also avail the use of speech equipment to help you complete your test like handheld magnifiers or screen magnification software or even Braille question papers and keyboards.

Hearing and speaking difficulties

  • Candidates with hearing impairments have a number of options, to aid them while taking the exam. For example, they can use hearing aids, special headphones, or even take hearing impaired lip-reading versions of the listening test. these lip-reading tests involve the test being read out aloud twice in front of the test taker.
  • You can also ask for extra time to complete the speaking test.

Learning Difficulties

For test-takers who suffer from learning disabilities, there are a number of options to help them during the IELTS  exam. they could ask for extra time to complete the exam. candidates are allowed up to 25% of the original time as extra time.

You can also opt for a special version of the listening test, in which there are more pauses allowed during the recording in order to help you answer in time. Supervised breaks are also allowed for those students who have difficulty concentrating.

If you  require special assistance during the IELTS exam, it's best to contact your test center as soon as possible to iron out the details of your special arrangements. Don’t assume that you will just be accommodated during test days, as you might end up not being able to take the exam