When will I get my British Council IELTS results?

You won’t have to wait long for your IELTS test results. You can preview your results on the Test Taker Portal 13 days after your test (IELTS on paper) or 3-5 days after your test (IELTS on computer) after your test and do your IELTS test checking. Your results will be available to view online after they are released, but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance. 

We will send out the Test Report Form (TRF), a paper copy of your IELTS test score, via mail delivery 13 days after the test date, provided that you have given your postal address to the British Council. Please allow at least 7 days for the delivery. IELTS results and your IELTS test band score will not be disclosed over the phone, fax, or through email.

If you lose your Test Report Form or forget your test results, please contact your test centre.

We’ll send your Test Report Form directly to the institutions you’re applying to

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies will not be accepted.

We can send your additional TRFs directly to institutions you are applying to (for instance universities, immigration officers, etc.) Check the full list of the institutions where accepts IELTS score through recognising organisation before you request.

You will need to pay an administration fee for hardcopy TRFs upon your choice of postage methods. Please check out more information on how to request additional TRFs by clicking the button. 

Request Additional TRFs

What does my IELTS score mean?

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

Your TRF shows a score for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), as well as an overall IELTS test band score. In each section of the test 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).

Find out more about what your IELTS test band score means here.

How long are my IELTS test results valid for?

Organisations will usually not accept your results if they are more than two years old from the test date, 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 score you expected, you can apply for IELTS results checking and re-marking. This is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR). You can choose which test sections you want to be re-marked and will need to request through Test Taker Portal.

The fee for this service of both standard IELTS and IELTS for UKVI is KRW 160,000. You need to apply for a re-marking no later than six weeks from the test date. 

Your Enquiry on Results result will normally be available in 5 to 28 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for  re-marking. If you have not received a response after 21 days, please contact your test centre.

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.