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Everything you need to know about IELTS


The IELTS computer-delivered result is available three to five days after the test date. To view your IELTS score online, visit the IELTS IDP online result portal using the link provided by your test centre. You will receive band scores ranging from 1 to 9 for each of the four sections. In addition, you will receive an overall band score. The result will be provided in Test Report Form (TRF) format. 




The official IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is a mark sheet with all your IELTS scores. The TRF displays your scores in all four sections of the IELTS: reading, listening, writing, and speaking, as well as your overall score banding. All five scores are presented on a 9-Band scale. Your TRF would be posted anywhere between 3 to 5 days after the test date if you took the IELTS online. If you took the paper-based IELTS, your TRF would be posted thirteen days after the test date.


Only one TRF is issued per person. However, you can request 5 additional test report forms (ATRFs) The first 5 ATRFs are free and will be sent to the institutions of your choice. If you need more than 5 TRFs, you will have to pay an additional fee. 


IELTS Provisional Marksheet 


After 13 days, you can view your provisional result online. The provisional test results are not official, and neither printed copies nor screenshots of the result page will be accepted as your IELTS score. You must wait to receive your TRF to send it to universities. 


IELTS Result check date in India 


Test Mode

Result Availability Time

Online Mode3 to 5 days after the test
Offline ModeAfter 13 days from the test date


How to calculate IELTS Band Scores?


To calculate your IELTS score, you must take the mean (average) scores from each section: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. With the IELTS band score calculator, you can determine your reading and listening scores and total scores. This is the total number of points divided by four. If the calculated average contains a decimal point, it will be rounded to the nearest half or whole band. For example, if the average value is 0.25, it is rounded to the next half band. If your score is 6.25, it will be rounded off to 6.5. The mean will be rounded to the next whole band in all other instances where the mean is 0.75. A band score of 6.75 will be rounded to a final score of 7.



Skill Level

Band 9Expert user
Band 8Very good user
Band 7Good user
Band 6Competent user
Band 5Modest user
Band 4Limited user
Band 3Extremely limited user
Band 2Intermittent user
Band 1Non-user
Band 0Did not attempt the test


How to check IELTS results online?


You can check your IELTS results online through different modes - online, via email, SMS, or at the test centre. 

To check online, follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Visit the IDP's official website
  • Step 2: Click on the 'Results' 
  • Step 3: Select the test date
  • Step 4: Submit all details like candidate number, ID number, and date of birth and proceed 


How to get IELTS Results through SMS?


You can also check their IELTS test score through SMS by sending the below-mentioned code to 9289892898 after 12.00 noon on the day of the result.

The SMS must be in this format: RESULT Candidate No. Passport No.


How to get IELTS results through email?


You will receive an email from the British Council when the IELTS results are released. Keep an eye on your email notifications.


How long is an IELTS score valid?


 A Test Report Form (TRF) for the IELTS is valid for two years. You may send your IELTS scores to as many universities as you wish within these two years. IELTS test takers will no longer be able to use their scores after this period.


RE-marking for IELTS Result


If you want your IELTS test result to be remarked, you must request an Enquiry on Results (EOR) within 6 weeks of your test date. Candidates may choose which section of the IELTS they wish to have remarked on. If any portion of the IELTS score improves, this fee is refunded. Results after re-marking are available between 2 and 21 days after the requested date. It depends on the number of sections you wish to remark on.   


How to send IELTS scores to universities?


Once you receive your IELTS scores, it is crucial to understand how to send those scores to universities. You can send their IELTS test scores to five universities free of charge. However, you must choose the universities you wish to send your score during registration. Below are some means to send ATRFs to universities. 

  • Electronic system: You will be charged INR 250 (after 5 ATRFs) per University for using the electronic system. The universities and other types of institutions that have paid for access to the electronic download of scores will receive the results online.
  • Courier: You must pay INR 1250 per address for international courier service. In most cases, delivering the score report to a university will take the courier service approximately four days to complete. Candidates receive an SMS with the tracking number so they can keep track of their applications.
  • By post: When applying by post, you must pay INR 400 for each address. You don’t receive a tracking number for this particular service.
When will I get my IELTS on paper results (including IELTS for UKVI)?

Your IELTS on paper results will be available online at 12:00 am GMT on the 13th day after the test.

When we receive the IELTS Test result?

Within ten days of the result date for a paper-based test, candidates will receive their Test Report Form and within five to seven days for a computer-delivered test. Additionally, candidates should be required to provide at least 7 working days for delivery. Few test centres also provide online and SMS delivery of results. As only one copy will be provided, test-takers should safeguard theirs.

What are IELTS passing marks?

As such there is no threshold set by the IELTS testing agencies. Scoring is done as per the band system. Every institution sets its own level of IELTS scores for admitting students.

What if my IELTS test result is wrong?

If you believe that your scores are incorrect, you may request remarking for the entire exam or for individual sections within six weeks of the exam date. The EOR fee for both computer-delivered and paper-based IELTS tests is Rs 9000. If the band scores change as a result of remarking, the EOR fee will be refunded. Typically, it takes four to six weeks to process a re-marking request.

Can I retake the IELTS test?

Candidates can take the IELTS exam whenever they are ready to do so, there are no restrictions on retaking the IELTS. However, candidates need to pay the registration fee every time they book for the IELTS test.

What is a good IELTS score?

You need to understand the IELTS band score to learn what is a good IELTS score. You can check the IELTS band score above.

Can we retake the IELTS test for one section only?

In case you want to improve your score for a particular section then you have to take the complete IELTS test again and need to attempt all four sections.