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IELTS Result Online: How To Check Your IELTS Results 2023 Guide

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The IELTS results are available after 13 days of the completion of your exam. The results are shown in band scores from 0-9 for each section individually and an overall band score. The format of the result is in TRF (Test Report Form) and the students are issued only one TRF. The Test Report Form or TRF will show the scores of all the four sections of IELTS ie. writing, reading, listening and speaking. Let’s check everything about IELTS results and band score in detail.

What is a Test Report Form (TRF)?

The IELTS Test Report Form is a physical paper-based copy of the results of the IELTS exam. It is presented 13 days after the completion of the test. You can have your IELTS scorecard delivered by courier service. You must provide the details of your address during the registration process. You can also choose to collect your scorecard at the Test centre.

What is a Personal Test Report Form?

This Test Report Form indicates that the candidate will collect the IELTS scorecard in person from the test centre.

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IELTS Result Online: How To Check Your IELTS Results 2023 Guide

What is an Institutional Test Report Form?

This Test Report Form is used when candidates want their IELTS scorecards sent to the Universities directly from the Council.

How to Calculate IELTS Results?

The final band score of IELTS is an average of the band score received individually in the four sections ie. Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The candidates are marked on a band scale of 0 to 9 based on their proficiency in each of the sections. Each section carries an equal weightage. The scores are usually given in both half and full bands which means you can score in the range of 5.0, 6.0 etc as well as 5.5, 6.5 etc. If the average comes out in a decimal point for instance 6.25 then the bands are adjusted to the nearest band score. In this case, the final band score will be 6.5

This table provides an understanding on the band scores and the proficiency level attributed to each band.

IELTS Band Scores 2023

9Expert userHas a complete and thorough understanding of the language and all its components.
8Very good userHas a thorough understanding of the language and its complexities. Possibilities or minimum errors.
7Good userHas a functional understanding of the language and can communicate effortlessly. May experience some misunderstandings and inaccuracies.
6Competent userIs capable of communicating with a little effort, especially in familiar situations.
5Modest userHas a moderate understanding of the language. Makes several mistakes in communicating and understanding.
4Limited userIs unable to use complex forms of the language especially in unfamiliar situations. Experiences problems in expressing themselves in writing or speaking.
3Extremely limited userCan only comprehend familiar situations. Experiences frequent interruptions while speaking and understanding the language.
2Intermittent userExperiences extreme difficulty in using the English language for speaking and writing
1Non-userNo knowledge of the language except for a few commonly used words.
0Test not attemptedThe test taker has not provided any information for assessment.

You may also achieve a score with a .5, i.e., 6.5, 7.5, and so on. This means that your skill level is categorised between the two levels of the higher and lower limit.

For instance, if you score a 7.5. It indicates that you may not make mistakes while reading, writing, listening, or speaking. However, you may have some difficulty in unfamiliar situations. Read in detail about IELTS band score-

How to Check IELTS Results?

There are different methods to check your IELTS scores. Students can opt for any of the methods from email, SMS, online, or from the test centres.

The results are available online for 28 days. You will also receive a physical copy of the results by mail. It will arrive within 10 days for a paper-based test; and 5-7 days for an online test. The physical copies are dispersed after the announcement of the results. Therefore, once the result is declared on the 13th day, the physical copy will be received in the next 10 days.

How to Get IELTS Results online?

You can check your IELTS result online by following these steps:

  • Visit the British Council’s official website.
  • Click on the link of the Results.
  • Select your test date.
  • Fill in all the details required like candidate number, DOB, ID number etc.
  • Proceed.

How to View the IELTS Scorecard in India?

IELTS test results can be viewed for your personal information. However, keep in mind that this is not an official report but a provisional one which meant for your personal use only. It cannot be sent to universities in the place of official IELTS Test Report. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to view you results from the official website.

Step 1: Log in to the IELTS IDP India website using your credentials that you received at the time of registration.

Step 2: Fill in your details such as your passport number as well as date of birth

Step 3: Click on the ‘Get Results’ tab to access your result

How to Check IELTS Results From the Test Centre?

The candidates also have the option to check the results from the test centre.

  • You are required to show your ID number/passport and candidate number.
  • Those who registered for the IELTS exam from the test centre will not receive the results by email, phone or fax.

How to Check IELTS Results from SMS, email, etc.?

You cannot receive your IELTS results via email, but you can check them via SMS. In order to check your IELTS results via SMS, you can send a message in the following format:

  • RESULT “Candidate number” “Passport Number”
  • You must send the SMS to 92898 92898, on the day of the announcement of the results, in the afternoon.
  • You can also call the helpline number 0120 4569 000 or 0120 6684 353 for any queries.

Documents Required to Check Scores:

To check your IELTS results you need to submit your details related to IELTS registration such as:

  • Candidate number
  • Passport number
  • Test Date
  • Identification document number
  • Date of Birth

Make sure that you have all these information handy with you while checking the scores.

Enquiry on Result

It seldom happens that a candidate does not achieve their expected results. Aside from the fact that they might not have performed as well as they thought, this could be because of an error in marking. If such a case arises, candidates can apply for re-marking which is referred to as Enquiry on results.

The candidate will have to apply for an Enquiry on Results and pay a fee of INR 8000 within 6 weeks of the original test date. If the re-marking process results in a change of score, then the additional fee of INR 8000 will be refunded.

The candidate can choose which sections of the test they want to submit for revaluation. The time required to receive the updated results depends on the number of sections to be re-evaluated. The examiner will have to assess the sections with extreme scrutiny to find errors in the marking process. It can take up to 4 – 6 weeks for the entire end-to-end process of application and revaluation. 

When does the IELTS Results come out?

The IELTS results are released within 2 weeks of taking the test.

  1. In case of an online test, the results are available within 3-5 days.
  2. In case of an offline test, the results are available on the 13th day at noon. The pen and paper format takes more time to evaluate. Therefore the time taken for the results is a little longer.
What is the IELTS Score Validity Period?

The IELTS test scores are valid for 2 years starting from the day you receive your results. If you choose to study or work abroad, universities and companies may insist on IELTS results from 6 months ago for eligibility. This is simply because people may not have maintained their English proficiency over time. You can convince the companies and Universities that you have maintained your efficiency since the commencement of the exam so they accept your results from more than 6 months ago.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum IELTS Score?

There is no such thing as minimum score for IELTS. Each university has their own selection criteria. Every university and country has their own requirements for the IELTS score to be eligible for the admission. Therefore, it is advised to target for the highest band scores to get admission in your desired university.

How to send your IELTS Scores to universities?

You can sign up for a sharing your IELST scores to upto 5 universities at time of IELTS registration. If you want to share an e-copy then the results will be forwarded to the institution as soon as your proficiency is evaluated. If you want to share a physical copy, you will have to pay additionally by demand draft and send it to the council along with the Test Report Form.

Is there a separate charge for Additional Score Report?

If the candidate requires more copies that must be sent to various universities, then they have to fill the Additional Score Report TRF. If they chooses to share the results via courier, then they have to pay INR 1250 for each address where the results must be delivered. If the candidate chooses to have their scorecard shared electronically by the British Council to the university, then they have to pay INR 250 per University.

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