We at the British Council strive to do the best we can in providing the necessary educational support to candidates with special needs. We try our best to enable candidates to understand examination questions and ways of giving answers. All candidates, irrespective of disability, will be assessed fairly and objectively. 

If you require special arrangements to undertake your exam, please follow the instructions for each exam below. The special arrangements available depend on the exam board. Please note, no documents regarding special arrangements will be accepted after registration has closed.


Special arrangements for your test

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.

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

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.

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 in Doha as soon as possible if you have special needs that may require a modified IELTS test version.

UK Qualifications

Special arrangements for your test

School Exams

If you have a disability or a special need, contact us at least three months before your test date. Also, please note the start and end date for special arrangements is mentioned in the SRS (School Registration System) while registering. You will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years when registering for the exam. 

Professional and University Exams

You will need to contact your examining board or university directly for a special needs request. The examining board will contact the British Council about the arrangements and will inform you about the approval of your request. 

You will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration.

What documents do I need to submit?

Your application must be supported by medical evidence, which should meet the following criteria:

  • be legible and in English
  • be an original document on headed paper and bearing the name, relevant qualification(s) with signature of a recognized practitioner
  • give a clear statement of the candidate’s disability
  • make it clear how the disability justifies special arrangements.

 The medical evidence must be in the form of a report prepared in a period no more than two years before the test date.

What type of support will 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) or A3 size (15.5pt 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 a learning disability or physical difficulty you may be able to request special administrative arrangements, including: 

  • extra time: 25-100 per cent extra time depending on your need 
  • supervised breaks during the examination
  • use of a computer
  • an amanuensis (a person who will write down your answers)
  • a reader
  • a scribe/copier (verbatim transcript)
  • separate invigilation

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us at:  

Schools and Professional: vijayalakshmi.thiagarajan@qa.britishcouncil.org

University and Aptis: oren.packiasothy@qa.britishcouncil.org