The British Council aims to ensure that every candidate is treated fairly and objectively and that they are given optimum conditions to take their exams. We can make arrangements to accommodate special circumstances or requirements to enable test takers to attend a test centre, to understand questions and to give their exam answers.
If you require special arrangements to undertake your exam, please follow the instructions for each exam below. The special arrangements available depend on the examination board and in some cases you may be exempt from part of an examination because of a disability or difficulty. Please note, no documents regarding special arrangements will be accepted after registration has closed.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE PROVIDED FOR:
If you require a modified version of the test, please contact us at least three months before your test date. This notice period is necessary for the modified test version to be prepared.
If your circumstances require special administrative arrangements to be made, e.g. extra time, you must contact us at least six weeks before your test date. You will need to provide a medical certificate when registering for the exam. The medical evidence must be issued within the two years before the test day.
Cambridge English exams
Special arrangements can be provided for Cambridge English paper-based exams only. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements.
Please note that you need to send us a medical certificate issued within the last two years and a written request stating your requirements upon registration.
Professional and university exams
In most cases you will need to contact your examining board or university directly for a special need request. The examining board will contact the British Council about the arrangements and will inform you about the approval of your request.
You can contact us for a special need request if you have registered with us for your exam. You will need to provide a medical certificate when registering for the exams. The medical evidence must be issued within the two years before the test day.