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[h=1]IELTS results are easy to understand and apply, and you are guaranteed to receive your scores within 13 days of taking the test.[/h]You can receive your IELTS results by post to any address worldwide, plus have additional copies sent free directly to the organisations you are applying for.



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[h=1]IELTS results process[/h]
Your IELTS results will be available 13 days after your test and recorded on a Test Report Form. You can preview your results online and some centres can also provide a preview by SMS alert.

The IELTS results process ensures the Test Report Form detailing your results will be posted to you 13 days after the test. Some test centres will let you collect your results in person. Centres are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email.

You can preview your results online and some centres can also provide a preview by SMS alert, as the IELTS results process is tailored to suit your local needs. Find out more on Preview your IELTS results.

You will only receive one Test Report Form. Keep it safe: replacements cannot be issued.

Test centres can send copies of your Test Report Form to up to five recognising organisations for you free of charge.

Find out more about the Test Report Form.


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[h=1]IELTS Test Report Form[/h] The Test Report Form shows your IELTS scores for all four skill areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking, and your overall band score.
You will receive only one copy of your Test Report Form. Replacements cannot be issued, so make sure you keep it safe.
It also has your photograph on it and an inbuilt security system so that it cannot be copied.

[h=2]Five copies free of charge[/h] Your test centre will forward copies of your Test Report Form to five recognising organisations for you free of charge. You will be asked to name these five when you book your test. They will be sent electronically, so in some cases your chosen organisations will receive your results before you do.
Your recognising organisations can also double-check the details of your Test Report Form via our secure online database.

If you would like extra copies sent to other organisations, ask your test centre.

Your Test Report Form is a valuable document; keep it safe.
[h=2]Valid for two years[/h] Your Test Report Form will be valid for a recommended period of two years.
Recognising organisations will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old, unless you provide evidence that you have actively maintained or tried to improve your English since taking the test.


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[h=1]Preview your IELTS test results[/h] Can't wait for your IELTS results to arrive by post? Preview your IELTS test results before your official results arrive
The British Council provides additional services to help candidates know how well they have done before the official IELTS Test Report Form is issued.

Please note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement. British Council will not accept any responsibility in the event that your result fails to display here or for any error in your online results, whether due to a technical fault or administrative procedure.

The preview service can be accessed here: Test Results Preview.

In addition some countries provide a preview of your results by SMS message.


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[h=1]Understand how to calculate your IELTS scores[/h] You can’t fail IELTS - the test assesses all levels of English

[h=2]The IELTS 9-band scale[/h] You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces your overall band score. You can 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.

BandscoreSkill levelDescription
Band 9Expert userYou have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.
Band 8Very good userYou have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7Good userYou have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Band 6Competent userGenerally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5Modest userYou have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.
Band 4Limited userYour basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Band 3Extremely limited userYou convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Band 2Intermittent userYou have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1Non-userYou have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Band 0Did not attempt the testYou did not answer the questions.

IELTS scores are trusted around the world

IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail.

Your scores will be given to you on a Test Report Form.

You can be confident that your score will be accepted by institutions, business and governments in English-speaking countries worldwide.



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[h=1]Common European Framework equivalencies[/h] Relating IELTS scores to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The chart illustrates how the IELTS band scores map onto the CEFR levels. The mapping is based upon a growing body of research, combined with long established experience of test use within education and society, as well as feedback from a range of test stakeholders regarding the uses of test results for particular purposes.

Work continues to refine our understanding of the relationship between IELTS and the CEFR levels. Please note that the band scores referred to in both tables are the overall scores and not the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking scores.

The table indicates the IELTS band scores we expect to be achieved at the threshold of each particular CEFR level.



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[h=1]IELTS band scores explained [/h] You will receive a Test Report Form setting out your overall band score and your scores for each of the four parts of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Scores for each of the four parts are equally weighted. The overall band scores are calculated by taking the mean of the total of the scores of the four individual parts.

Overall band scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band. For the avoidance of doubt, the following rounding convention applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Thus, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking would be awarded an overall band score of 6.5 (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 = Band 6.5).

Similarly, a candidate achieving 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking would be awarded an overall band score of 4.0 (15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 = Band 4.0).

However, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking would be awarded band 6 (24.5 ÷ 4 = 6.125 = Band 6).

For more information on how IELTS test material is produced, download the IELTS Question Paper Production Process.

  • IELTS Question Paper Production Process (PDF, 48 kb)

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[h=1]IELTS assessment criteria[/h] You can be confident that your IELTS score is a true reflection of your English language proficiency. Examiners use detailed assessment criteria when they mark your test.
The IELTS 9-band scoring system is used to measure and report scores in a consistent manner. Examiners are trained in line with globally agreed standards to ensure consistency in the quality of their assessment.

[h=2]Listening and Reading tests[/h] IELTS Listening and Reading tests both contain 40 items. Each correct item is awarded one mark.
[h=2]Writing and Speaking tests[/h] Examiners use detailed performance descriptors when assessing the Writing and Speaking tests. These band descriptors describe performance in four categories:

  • task achievement
  • coherence and cohesion
  • lexical resource
  • grammatical range and accuracy
Download details of band descriptors for the Writing and Speaking tests to find out more about how the Writing and Speaking tests are marked.
  • IELTS task 1 Writing band descriptors (PDF, 35 kb)
  • IELTS task 2 Writing band descriptors (PDF, 35 kb)
  • IELTS Speaking band descriptors (PDF, 158 kb)


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[h=1]Questions about your IELTS results[/h] If you have questions about your IELTS results, contact your test centre

If you did not receive the score you expected, you can apply for your test to be remarked. This is called an Enquiry on Results.
If you would like to make an Enquiry on Results, you need to apply at the centre where you booked your test no later than six weeks after the test date. You can choose which parts of the test you want to have re-marked.
You will have to pay for an Enquiry on Results. This fee will be refunded if your score is increased for any part of the test. Enquiries on Results take 6 – 8 weeks to complete.



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[h=1]Improve your IELTS score next time[/h] If you want to know how to improve your IELTS score, you must improve your English first! Take a look at your Test Report Form and see which skills you need to work on.
Taking the test again and again will not improve your results unless you work on the weaknesses identified in your test report form. You need to

  • review your preparation activities
  • consider how you performed on the test day
  • consider taking a course to improve your English in an area of weakness
  • once you are ready, book a new test
[h=2]How did you prepare last time?[/h] Think about how you prepared for your test. Did you do enough?
To improve your score next time, make sure you

  • understand your IELTS score
  • understand the test format
  • try our free online sample tests
  • read our tips on how to succeed
  • practise your English at home, at work, or at university
  • listen to English on radio and television
  • read English newspapers and websites
  • practise using British Council online IELTS resources
  • use IELTS preparation materials
  • subscribe to the Road to IELTS online preparation course
IELTS is a test of English language proficiency, so you need to work on all skill areas to maintain and improve your English.
[h=2]How did you perform on test day?[/h] Think about what happened on test day:

  • how did you perform on your IELTS test day?
  • did you know where the test location was?
  • did you arrive in time?
  • were you as calm and relaxed as possible?
  • was the format of the test familiar?
  • did you know what to expect?
[h=2]Consider taking a course[/h] You might want to consider taking an IELTS preparation course. This will help you:

  • practise the type of tasks included in an IELTS test (e.g. writing a short essay or letter for the Writing test)
  • get feedback and learn from your answers to practice questions
  • become more confident in your test-taking skills
Your teacher may be able to advise you about your skill level and whether you are ready to re-take your test.

It takes time to learn a language, and the best way is to take an English course. The feedback you receive from your teacher will help you improve the specific skills involved in speaking, listening, reading and writing English.
[h=2]Re-take the IELTS test[/h] Book another test when you feel ready. You can take IELTS as many times as you like.
Have a look at Test day advice before you re-take your test.
We hope this information will help you further understand how to improve your IELTS score.

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