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When will I receive my IELTS test results?

You will receive your results 13 days after the test date if you have taken IELTS on paper, 3-5 days if you have taken IELTS on computer and 6-8 days if you have taken IELTS Online.

If you have taken IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (on paper), you can view your results 13 days after your test, and 3-5 days if you have taken IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (on computer).

Some test centres also provide SMS alerts and an Online Results Service. 

Can I check my IELTS test results online?

Yes, you will receive an email notification with a link to view your IELTS scores. 

How are IELTS tests marked?

IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.

Who sets the pass mark for the IELTS test?

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

What if I am not satisfied with my IELTS result?

If you wish to make an enquiry about your test results, or have any section of the test re-marked, you can submit an Enquiry on Results (EOR) request up to six weeks after your test date.

You can do this online through the Test Taker Portal or at the centre where you sat your test. There is a charge for having a section re-marked, but this will be refunded if your score increases for any section of the test. 

The outcome of Enquiry on Result (EOR) can become available on the same day as your application and up to 21 days after your application. The time it takes depends on several factors, including the number of sections you’ve asked us to re-mark.

How do I send a copy of the Test Result Form to an organisation?

We can send up to five additional copies of your Test Report Form 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. Some universities or institutions have subscribed to electronic download of scores, so please make sure you check with your local test centre before sending them your results.

What do I do if I lose my Test Report Form?

Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years. Copies cannot be sent to test takers but we will send a TRF to your relevant institution or embassy. Up to five copies will be sent free of charge. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge. Talk to your test centre for further details.

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