The IELTS test has been designed to be a fair test. Your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have. We make every effort to cater for all our candidates.

Disabled candidates

If you require the adaptation of test papers (e.g. you require Braille question papers because you are a candidate with visual difficulties), please report this fact to the British Council before registering for the test date of your choice.

We will ask you to provide a medical certificate that has to be delivered to the British Council at least 3 months before the test date.

Candidates with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dysorthographia

If you’d like to apply for extra time for the written parts of the examination because of dyslexia, dysgraphia or dysorthographia, or you need some administrative adjustments (e.g. headphones, computer, etc.), please report this fact to the British Council no later than 6 weeks before the test date

We will ask you to deliver a medical certificate to the British Council in Warsaw on Cracow by the registration deadline.

A medical report should be provided by a fully qualified educational, clinical or chartered psychologist, stating details of the degree of dyslexia, dysgraphia or dysorthographia, and issued not earlier than two years before the exam date.

What sort of help can I get?

Below you will find some examples of arrangements that we can deliver to meet your special needs.

If you have a visual impairment, we can provide:

  • enlarged question papers
  • Braille question papers.

If you have hearing difficulties, we can offer:

  • headphones
  • special needs CD for the Listening test
  • a lip-reading version of the Listening test.

If you have dyslexia, we can arrange:

  • a computer
  • extra time for some parts of the test.