British Council IELTS Results

When will I get my IELTS results?

You won’t have to wait long for your IELTS test results. 

You can preview your results on the Test Taker Portal. Depending on which IELTS test you have taken, you will get your results as shown below: 

Test Time
IELTS on paper 13 days
IELTS on computer 3-5 days
IELTS Online Between 6 – 8 calendar days
 IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration on paper 13 days
 IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration on computer 3-5 days
IELTS Life Skills 7 days

IELTS results remain on the Test Taker Portal for 28 days. Please note that if you have taken IELTS for UKVI, you will be able to preview your results only when you receive an email with the link to the system.  

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

When will I get a physical copy of my result ?

If you have taken IELTS on paper, IELTS for UKVI (all formats), IELTS Like Skills, unless otherwise indicated, you will receive the certificate by post and the delivery times for the certificate are 20 working days from the date of publication of the results for Italy, over 20 working days for Europe, for the rest of the world around 30 working days. 

If you have taken IELTS Online or IELTS on computer, you will receive your results electronically only. You can download the electronic version (eTRF) from the Test Taker portal 3-8 days after your test. We will not issue an additional paper Test Report Forms. You can print your electronic Test Report Form (eTRF) to send it to the organisations you are applying to, or you can send it via email. Alternatively, you can send your results direct to the organization through the Test Taker portal.

Please note that IELTS results cannot be communicated by phone or email.

Access your information on the Test Taker Portal

You can access all the information relating to your IELTS test in the Test Taker Portal including:

  • your test date 
  • your venue for the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections (available five days before the test)
  • your payment information
  • your contact information
  • your results
  • institutions you have applied to
  • access to IELTS Ready: Premium
  • contact information for the British Council.

We’ll send up to ten Test Report Forms (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to (this is not applicable to IELTS Online and IELTS on Computer). 

We can send up to ten additional copies of your TRF free of charge directly to institutions you are applying to (for instance universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses on the Test taker portal within two years of taking the test.

If you have ordered less than ten copies when you booked your test but need more copies, you can order additional copies through the Test Taker Portal - of charge, anytime up to two years after your test date.

If you booked your Test before 1st January 2021, please contact us in order to request additional TRFs. We will then send a copy directly to the institution.

Please do not forget to give the full postal address of the institution. Without the complete address we are not able to check whether the institution has access to the IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service that allows it to view your results after we have submitted them electronically. In case they do not access this service, we will send your TRF by post.

What does my IELTS score mean?

You will be awarded an IELTS 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 band score. 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) in each section of the test.

Find out more about what your score means here.

How long are my IELTS results valid for?

Organisations will usually not accept your results if they are more than two years old, 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 your test to be re-marked. 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 this at the test centre where you sat the test.

The fee for this service is: €125 EOR IELTS; €150 EOR IELTS UKVI; €110 EOR Life Skills.

The fee will be refunded if your score is increased for any section of the test.

You need to apply for a re-marking no later than six weeks after the test date.

The Test Taker logs in to the Test Taker portal and clicks on completed exams tab and then on the date of the exam they want to request an EOR for. The Test Taker chooses the Results tab and test results will display. Scrolling all the way down, the Test Taker clicks on the hyperlink to request the test remarking. The test taker will see a brief overview of the remarking and the EOR fee. The Test Taker can select one or all modules they would like to get remarked and provide a justification for their request. Please note that we accept online payments with credit cards only.

The outcome of Enquiry of Results (EORs) can become available on the same day as your application and up to 21 days after your application. The time it takes depends on several factors, including the number of sections you’ve asked us to re-mark. If you have not received a response after 21 days, please contact your test centre.

The enquiry fee will be fully refunded if your band score improves, and you will have to give back your old certificate in order to receive the new one.

Please note that it is not possible either to have a qualitative feedback of the exam or see the test.

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.