IELTS Results and Score

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IELTS Results and Score

IELTS plays a crucial role in securing admission to a wide range of universities abroad. This English proficiency test assesses a candidate on 4 parameters; Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. Upon completing the IELTS exam, you will receive an IELTS score between 1 to 9 bands, where 9 is considered as the highest band. In this blog, we will take you through the IELTS results and score and its related components. 

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IELTS Band Scores and Marking Criteria

Band Score Level of Proficiency Brief Description 
Band 0 Failed to attempt the test Failed in providing concrete information for evaluation.
Band 1 Non User  The candidate shows no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Band 2 Intermittent user The candidate has poor verbal and written English. Good communication skills were missing. 
Band 3 Extremely limited user In some familiar situations, the candidate is able to decipher and communicate meanings.

Palpable errors and breakdowns were evidently observed. 

Band 4 Limited user Problems pertaining to the complexity of language were observed apart from problems in understanding and expressing while communicating. 
Band 5 Modest user The candidate is able to tackle the communication in own field.

The partial command over the language and refraining from making mistakes is a good sign. 

Band 6 Competent user Despite misunderstandings and inaccuracies, effective communication and command over language were witnessed.

In a familiar situation, the candidate can use complex language to deal with the situation. 

Band 7 Good user Operational command over the language. Handling of complex language and an in-depth understanding of reasoning observed. 
Band 8 Very good user Good hold on the argumentation. Except for occasional unsystematic inaccuracies, the candidate is fully proficient and understands the language complexities. 
Band 9 Expert user Fully operational command over the language. Fluency and accuracy with complete understanding makes the candidate an expert user.

IELTS Band Scoring

Since we are dealing with IELTS results and scores, it is imperative to understand what different IELTS bands mean. Here is the complete breakdown of the IELTS band scoring from 0-9. 

IELTS Band Scores
IELTS Band Scores

When IELTS Results Will Be Out?

Here is the timeline for receiving your test scores for IELTS. For the paper-based test, the candidate can receive the result within 13 days after completing your IELTS. For the computer-delivered IELTS, you can get your results within 3 to 5 days after your test date. While for IELTS for Life Skills, students can get their results within 7 days after the test date.

How to Calculate IELTS Score?

The IELTS scores are a culmination of all the sections. To assess your scores, you need to take out an average of your marks in every section of the IELTS exam, that is, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The IELTS score is from 1 to 9 for each part of the test. The average produces your overall band score. Students are either score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

How to Check IELTS Results and Scores?

You must be pondering about how you will be able to fetch your IELTS results? Don’t worry, here are the major methods for checking your result and scores in IELTS?

Provisional Online Result

Your provisional online IELTS result shall be available after 13 days from the date of the test.t IELTS management won’t consider the provisional online screenshots or printed copies as authentic. However, candidates are advised to wait for the provisional results, which will be available after 28 days of the test. Your test report format (TRF) will be mailed to you to check the formal and authentic scores. 

IELTS Results through SMS (Short Mail Service)

Facing difficulties in getting IELTS results and score online? Don’t worry, the results can also be viewed through an SMS. All you need to do is type a message “RESULT (space) Candidate No. and Passport No. to 9289892898 after 12.00 noon on the days of the result.

TRF (Test Report Form) 

Basically, there are two main types of test report forms, Personal Test Report Form and Institutional Test Report Form. Let’s understand them. 

Personal Test Report Form It is advisable for IELTS candidates to keep a copy of the personal test report form in safe hands. You won’t be able to get another. Your TRF scorecard will be mailed by postal service.

It may take up to 10-12 days from the date of the result to get your TRF handy. Once the mail is out for delivery, you are going to receive a tracking reference number for future correspondence.

Institutional Test Report Form If you wish to send your IELTS results and score directly to your preferred college or university, you can choose this route. You are advised to fill additional test report forms with the proper address of the correspondence of educational institutions.

You have the option for paid service too where you can send your additional reports to your desired colleges or universities. It can be sent through e-mail, international courier service, or by manual postal service. 

How Long are IELTS Results & Score Valid For?

IELTS results and scores are only valid for a period of two years. Generally, academic institutions don’t accept scores that are more than two years old unless the candidate proves that they have actively worked towards improving or maintaining their scores.

Remark Process for IELTS: Enquiry on Results 

All candidates who wish to apply for remarking are required to submit an EOR application, through their login ID. Candidates have to fill out an online form and are required to pay a fee, if their score is changed to a higher band then they are refunded the entire amount. Here are charges for EOR application, inclusive of all taxes:

  • IELTS – INR 11,025
  • Computer Delivered IELTS – INR 11,025 
  • UKVI IELTS – INR 11,325 
  • Life Skills – INR 10,450

How to Send IELTS Scores to Universities?

IELTS allows students to send scores directly to as many universities as they wish. Students must register all the universities they wish to send their IELTS scores to at the time of registration.

IELTS Score Requirements for Different Countries (USA & Canada)

IELTS score requirements for different countries differ based on the migration requirements and policies of every country. For instance, in the USA, the minimum IELTS score required is a band of 7 while in Canada, the minimum score for IELTS is 6 to 6.5 band for admissions and migration. Here are the average IELTS score requirements in different countries:

Country IELTS Score
Canada 6- 6.5
USA 6.0 -7.5
UK 6- 6.5

IELTS Results

Now that you have understood the band scorning of IELTS, let’s move ahead and get into the various means of getting IELTS results. 

  • You will be able to get your result details 13 days after completing the IELTS test. 
  • The IELTS results and scores will be sent in the TRF (Test report format). 
  • The TRF is presented with all the essential scorning related to 4 sections, listening, reading, speaking and writing. 
  • Scores of each section will be collated in the form of 0-9 bands. 

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Requesting a re-mark

You can request a review of your scores through a service called an Enquiry on Results (EOR) if you are not satisfied with the results. You must request for a re-mark at your test center within 6 weeks of the date shown on your TRF. You can also ask to re-mark the whole test or any sections (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking).


Can I check my IELTS result online?

IELTS results and scores can be checked online on the test-taker portal of the British Council. IELTS results are only available online for 28 days. If you have taken paper-based IELTS, then you can check your results by 12 pm after 3 calendar days from the test date while for those who appeared for computer-based IELTS, you can preview your results and scores within 5-7 calendar days from the test date.

What is EOR in IELTS?

EOR stands for Enquiry on Result and is for those who want to get their IELTS exam remarked. You can download the EOR form from the British Council’s website and submit 6,500 INR (for test dates after August 2019) and get your IELTS exam remarked.

What is the identification document number in IELTS result?

Identification Document number corresponds to the ID number you used on the exam day. The ID number is usually the candidate’s passport number or any other ID number of the document they provided on the exam day.

Hope this blog has helped you understand the process of getting IELTS results and score in detail. Not sure about how to get a higher band in IELTS? Take Leverage Edu’s Online live classes where you will get personalised attention, updated study materials, last-minute tips and tricks, and more than 100 practice questions!

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