If you have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, we may be able to help you pass your IELTS. Here in this article you know all about how to deal with difficulty you are facing in clearing IELTS.
What do I have to do?
It can take six weeks for certain special arrangements to be made for you, so you should apply as soon as possible through your IELTS test centre.
What will the IELTS test center do?
- confirm the application deadline (this can be three months before your test, depending on the arrangements you need; usually up to six weeks notice required)
- request full details of your learning difficulty
- Arrange To Take the Test
- If your center does not have the equipment or space you need (eg a separate room), they will try to help you find another center that does.
- What medical proof do I need?
- You must submit a report on your learning difficulty to the centre:
- written when you were 12 or older
- with all the details of your learning difficulty and the tests that have been carried out
- written by a fully qualified psychologist (educational, clinical or licensed).
- If you don’t have (or can’t get) a report like this, talk to your IELTS test centre.
What special arrangements can I request?
There are many different options – choose what you need from the list below. You can then ask your center to make the arrangements you need.
Once you have received clearance for the special arrangements mentioned below, your responses will be scored in the same way as all other candidates. For example, if you make a spelling or grammar mistake, you risk losing points.
You may need more time to complete an article (for example, if it takes you a long time to read the questions or texts, or write your answers).
You can normally request an extra 25% of the normal time for an item. So if an article takes an hour, you’ll get an extra 15 minutes.
You can request more than 25% extra time if you think you need it. Remember, however, that too much extra time can make you very tired.
You can also request a special version of a listening test, which is a way to give yourself more time for the test. The supervisor:
stop the CD before respectively part of the task to give you enough time to read the questions
Also, stop the CD at certain points in each part to give you enough time to write one or more answers
stop the CD after each part to give yourself enough time to check your answers.
2. Write Down Your Answers Using a Computer
You may ask permission to write your answers using a computer or word processing software. You should not use the spelling, grammar or thesaurus check functions if you want to use a computer or word processor.
If you are allowed to use a computer, remember:
So, your center may not have equipment, such as a PC, that you can use. However, you can use your own equipment. You must inform your examination center at least 6 weeks before the test.
You will need to sit alone in a separate room. If your center does not have space for you to take the test with a computer, they will do their best to help you find another center where you can take the test.
You must write your own answers. You cannot read your answers to someone who writes them for you.
Also, you cannot practice speech recognition software (programs that convert speech to text).
3. Reading the Questionnaires
You must read the questionnaires yourself. Although reading the questionnaires may take you longer, you are not allowed to:
ask someone to read them to you (a reader)
use a computer with screen reading software.
4. Have a Copier (Or Transcriber)
If your writing is very difficult to read. Also, you can ask your center to copy (transcribe) your exertion. This means that at the end of the test, you will read your answers to the copier, including all punctuation. The copier will note an exact copy of your answers, including any grammar, spelling or punctuation errors.
5. Help Filling Out Your Answer Sheets
In the IELTS listening and reading tests, you must copy (transfer) your answers onto an answer sheet which is then scanned by a computer. If you find it difficult to follow the numbers or order of questions on a page, you may be permitted
to write your answers on a separate piece of paper or, sometimes, directly on the question sheet. Ask your center for advice before the test date.
6. Transparent Colored Overlays
You can request authorization to use transparent colored overlays if you generally use them. Also, you must inform your test center at least six weeks before the test.
7. You Can Request Enlarged Copies of a Review Copy
As a result, enlarged print papers are also called modified large print papers. The questionnaire is modified and everything that is not necessary to answer the question – for example, the frames around the texts – is removed. All words in these items are in the same print size. They look like this:
Test the picture
Each page of these documents is in A4 format.
Ask your IELTS test center if you want to use another type of equipment, for example a screen magnifier.
Also read: Which Course Need IELTS Exam?