Making special arrangements

If you have a disability or impairment that makes it difficult for you to access exam centres or use standard exam materials, we can help.

Most exam centres are suitable for people who use wheelchairs, and the British Council works hard to ensure the safety of every student.


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.

The special arrangements available depend on the examination board. In some cases, you may be exempt from a part of an examination because of a disability or difficulty. 

For Modified Question Papers, you are requested to contact us for more details.


If you have dyslexia or physical discomfort or 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)
  • speaking test: standard format, with a ‘dummy partner’ or in a single format
  • separate invigilation.


You should speak to your teacher, school exams co-ordinator or British Council representative if you need to make special arrangements. In most cases, you will need to:

  • request special arrangements when you register for your exams
  • give exam boards at least six weeks’ notice to prepare modified materials and make special arrangements
  • provide a recent medical report or certificate to the exam board.