Find out when and how you will get your IELTS results and what your score means.
Your results – when and how to get your score
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?
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.
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.
|IELTS on paper||13 days|
|IELTS on computer||3 - 5 days|
|IELTS Online||Between 6 – 8 calendar days|
|IELTS for UKVI on paper||13 days|
|IELTS for UKVI on computer||3 - 5 days|
|IELTS Life Skills||7 days|
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?
If you have taken IELTS on paper, 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 for IELTS on paper. Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery.
If you have taken IELTS on computer or IELTS Online, you will receive your results electronically only. You can download the electronic version (eTRF) from the Test Taker portal 3-8 days after your test. We will not issue an additional paper Test Report Forms. You can print your electronic Test Report Form (eTRF) to send it to the organisations you are applying to, or you can send it via email. Alternatively, you can send your results direct to the organization through the Test Taker portal.
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 (not applicable to IELTS Online)
Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies will not be accepted.
We can send 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.
If you have taken IELTS Online, you will receive your results electronically only, but you can print your electronic Test Report Form to send it to the organisations you are applying to.
Can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?
You can request additional copies directly from the test taker portal. If the organization has access to the IELTS Test Report Form verification service, we will send them the results electronically free of charge. Otherwise we will send a paper copy. The first five paper copies are free of charge, but an administration fee of €30 per copy applies from the 6th copy onwards. When you make your request, we will let you know if a fee applies.
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 IELTS on computer or IELTS on paper.
You can submit and pay for Enquiry on Results online from the Test Taker Portal.
The outcome of Enquiry of Result (EOR) can become available on the same day as your application and up to 21 days after your application, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for remark. If you have not received a response after 21 days, please contact your test centre.
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.