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When will I get my IELTS results?

You won’t have to wait long for your IELTS test results.

You can preview your results on the Test Taker Portal. Depending on which IELTS test you have taken, you will get your results as shown below:

Test Time
IELTS on paper 13 days
IELTS on computer 3-5 days
IELTS Online Between 6 – 8 calendar days
 IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration on computer Wednesday after the exam was taken
IELTS for Life Skills 7 days

Your results will be available to view online after they are released, but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance. Your TRF number will only show up on the hard copy report send to you by post and may not be divulged by any other method.

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When will I get a physical copy of my result?

Physical IELTS results will only be delivered if you have taken the UKVI, Life Skills or IELTS test on paper.

Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery. The TRF will be mailed for the Life Skills version on the first Wednesday following the test date.

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.

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 if you have taken IELTS on paper or on a computer (not applicable to IELTS Online).

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. Kindly note a postage fee may apply.

For each additional TRF requested over and above the free allocation, the centre may, at their discretion, charge an administrative and a postage fee. 

Please do not forget to give the full postal address of the institution. Without the complete address, we cannot 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. We will send your TRF by post if they do not access this service.

How can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?

If you want us to send additional copies of your TRF to a university or other organization, please see more information here.

Please note that an additional Test Report Form takes around 7 days to be processed.

What does my IELTS score mean?

You will be awarded an IELTS band score from 0-9 for each test section, reflecting your English proficiency.

Your TRF shows a score for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) and 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.

Find out more about what your score means here.

For the Life Skills version, you will not receive scores on a scale of 1 to 9, but rather one of two results: pass or fail. A failed result means that you have not been successful, and your test cannot be used for your visa application.

How long are my IELTS results valid?

Whether you have taken IELTS on paper or IELTS on computer, organizations 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 expected score, you could apply for your test to be re-marked. This is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR). If you want to submit a request for an EOR, please see more information here

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.

If you would like to know which test is the best for people who want to work abroad, read our IELTS Blog! (in Portuguese). 

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