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.
If you require special arrangements to undertake your exam, please follow the instructions for each exam below. The assistance available depends on the type of exam and in some cases you may be exempt from a part of an examination because of a disability or difficulty.
Please note: Special Arrangements must be agreed with the British Council in compliance with the Awarding Body’s regulations. This process could take a few weeks from the registration date: please take this into consideration when choosing the date of your test and contact us about it as soon as possible.
Special arrangements can be provided for:
If you need a modified version of test papers, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the test date.
If you require administrative changes (e.g. extra examination time), please contact us at least 6 weeks before the test date.
A medical certificate is required and has to be presented at the registration in both cases.
Applications for special arrangements or modified versions must be submitted six to eight weeks in advance of your test date.
To apply for special arrangements, you should contact us by the above deadline. Your application must be supported by medical evidence, no more than 2 years old.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS 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 issued within the last two years at the time of registration.