IELTS is widely regarded as a fair measure of English language ability. Read about the IELTS results process and how to get your results.
Your IELTS results will be available 13 days after your test and recorded on a Test Report Form (TRF), which will be posted to you. Please note that we are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax.
We 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. To order up to 5 additional TRFs, please see the information below.
Sending Test Report Forms to institutions
Copies of your Test Report Form can be sent directly to institutions on your behalf within the two years of their validity.
You can ask for your results to be forwarded by downloading this Application for additional TRFs Form. Please complete the form and return it to us along with a copy of your valid ID. Forms that have been sent in without proof of identity cannot be processed.
We despatch up to five copies free of charge.
Our centre number is DE 708.
British Council IELTS Department
If you can’t wait for your IELTS results to arrive by post, we provide additional services to help candidates know how well they have done before the official 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. We will not accept any responsibility in the event that your result fails to display here, whether due to a technical fault or administrative procedure.
The preview service can be accessed here: Test Results Preview.
(Please note that the Results Preview is available from 6pm on day 13 after your test.)
THE IELTS 9-BAND SCORE
You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening,Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average of those scores 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.
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 TestReportForm. You can be confident that your score will be accepted by institutions, businesses and governments in English-speaking countries worldwide.
RELATING IELTS SCORES TO THE COUNCIL OFEUROPE’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.
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 score is 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.
You can be confident that your IELTS score is a true reflection of your English language proficiency. Examiners use detailed criteria when they mark your test.
For more information please visit the following link.
If you have questions about your IELTS results, please feel free to contact us – you can find our contact details at the bottom of this page.
ENQUIRY ON RESULTS
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.
This service costs the equivalent of £60 (Euro price dependent on current exchange rate). Should your score improve as a result of this re-evaluation, this amount will be refunded to you. Please not that this process will take between 6-8 weeks.
To make use of this service please download the Enquiry on Results Form. Please complete the form and return it to us along with your original Test Report Form and proof that you have paid the fee within 6 weeks of your test day.
Our Bank Details
Account Holder: British Council
Bank: Deutsche Bank Berlin
Bank Sort Code (BLZ): 100 700 00
Account Number: 4334439
Reference: Enquiry on Results, Your name
Take a look at your Test Report Form and see which skills you need to work on. You also need to review your preparation activities. You may want to consider how you performed on the test day and think about taking courses to improve your English in an area of weakness.
HOW DID YOU PREPARE LAST TIME?
Think about how you prepared for your test. Did you do enough? To improve your score next time, make sure you:
HOW DID YOU PERFORM ON TEST DAY?
Think about what happened on test day:
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