When will I get my IELTS results?
You won’t have to wait long for your IELTS test results.
You can log in to the Test Taker Portal to preview your results. IELTS Results remain online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.
If you lose your Test Report Form or forget your test results, please contact your test centre.
When will I get a physical copy of my result?
You will receive one copy of your TRF by regular post. Please make sure you enter your details correctly, so that it is sent to the right address.
The TRF will only be replaced if it is lost or damaged. To get a copy of your TRF, you will need to contact the test centre where you took the test and submit a request in writing. You will also need to provide a copy of the ID document you used on test day
We will send out a paper copy of your IELTS test score the Test Report Form (TRF), via regular postal delivery 13 days after the test date and 3 to 5 working days after a computer delivered test. Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery.
IELTS results will not be disclosed over the phone or through email.
We’ll send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to whether you have taken a computer-delivered or a paper-based test.
Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies will not be accepted.
We can send up to five additional copies of your TRF directly to institutions you are applying to (for instance universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses on the Test taker portal within two years of taking the test.
Please do not forget to give the full postal address of the institution. Without the complete address we are not able to check whether the institution has access to the IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service that allows it to view your results after we have submitted them electronically. In case they do not access this service, we will send your TRF by post.
Can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?
If you want us to send another copy of your TRF to a recognising organisation in addition to the five copies we provide, you will need to pay an administration fee of €30 per copy to send it via airmail. This process applies to both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS.
You will need to provide the institution’s address and fill in the Application for Additional Test Report Form. Attach a scanned copy of your IELTS test result and passport to the application form. We will then send the TRF directly to the institution.
What does my IELTS score mean?
You will be awarded an IELTS band score from 0-9 for each test section, which reflects your proficiency in English.
Your TRF shows a score for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), as well as an overall band score. You can score whole band scores (for example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half band scores (e.g. 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in each section of the test.
How long are my IELTS results valid for?
Whether you have taken paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS, organisations will usually not accept your results if they are more than two years old, unless you provide evidence that you have actively maintained or tried to improve your English since taking the test. The IELTS Partners cannot confirm the validity of test results that are more than two years old.
How can I get my IELTS test re-marked?
If you did not receive the score you expected, you can apply for your test to be re-marked. This is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR). You can choose which test sections you want to be re-marked and will need to request this at the test centre where you sat the test.
The fee for this service is €100, which will be refunded if your score is increased for any section of the test.
You need to apply for a re-marking no later than six weeks after the test date, regardless of whether you have taken computer-delivered or paper-based IELTS.
Please complete the Enquiry on Results Form (PDF)
- send it to email@example.com (if you chosen to pay by bank transfer, please include proof of payment to speed the process). Our bank details are available below (please indicate ERF and your name in the reference field).
- or send it by post with your cheque to British Council, IELTS ERF, 9 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris
Enquiries on Results take 2 - 21 days to complete.
Can I re-take my IELTS test?
There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. You can book a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.
Please note that your score is unlikely to increase unless you make a significant effort to improve your English before re-taking the test. Visit the preparation section to take a practice test and assess your level.