We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance.
You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.
IELTS results online, self-collection and by post
British Council provides additional services to help candidates know how well they have done before the official IELTS Test Report Form is issued.
You can preview your IELTS test results online from 9.00am, 13 calendar days after the main test day. 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.
Your IELTS Test Report Form will be available at British Council offices 13 calendar days after the date of the main test day. You can also request for your results to be sent to you by courier and a fee may be charged.
You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax.
Test report form (TRF)
You will receive one (1) copy of the Test Report Form. If you have lost it, you can request for replacements up to a maximum of two (2) copies.
On the other hand, we can send original copies to receiving institutions of your choice within a period of two years from your test date.
Additional test report forms (TRFs) for institutions
You may request for up to a maximum of five additional TRFs to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.) free of charge. If you would like us to do this, please include the complete addresses when you register. Requests for additional TRFs made after the test day or requests exceeding the first five is chargeable at RM37.00 (inclusive of GST) per TRF.
Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.
The validity period of your test report form
Institutions will usually not accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test.
Understand your IELTS scores
IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.
Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
How to query your score
It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred, you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked.
There is a fee for the Enquiry on Results service, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take between eight to ten weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.
Can I re-take the test?
You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.