IELTS Exam 2022: Eligibility, Syllabus, Test Preparation & Results

IELTS Exam 2023: Fees, Registration, Syllabus, Results & Scores

Updated on Sep 6, 2022

You will only receive one Test Report Form (TRF), which will serve as the result. The TRF shows your overall band as well as your reading, listening, writing, and speaking scores for each of the four areas. All five scores are displayed on a nine-band scale.

You will receive IELTS scores on a scale of 1 to 9 for each of the four areas after your IELTS exam is over. You will also receive a band score overall.

Table of Contents

1 When are the Results declared?

  • If you have taken an IELTS on the paper test, your Test Report Form will be available 13 days after you complete the test.

  • If you have taken an IELTS computer test, your results will be available three to five days after your test.

2 How do you figure out your IELTS score?

To get the IELTS score, subtract the mean (average) of the results from all four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. This is equivalent to the sum of all the scores multiplied by four. If the average contains a decimal point, it will be rounded to the next half or whole band.

If the average is.25, for example, it is rounded up to the nearest half band. As a result, if the average score is 6.25, they will receive a score of 6.5 as a final result. If the average is.75, it will be rounded up to the next whole band. As a result, a band of 6.75 will yield a final score of 7.

See below the scoring pattern to understand how the IELTS score is calculated.

Band 9

Expert user

Comprehensive understanding and command of the language

Band 8

Very good user


Complete operational command over the language with only slight inaccuracies 


Band 7

Good user

Operational command over the language, but with occasional mistakes and inaccuracies in situations.

Band 6

Competent user

Understands the language at a complex level and can express it but only in familiar situations.

Band 5: 

Modest user

Partial command over language although struggles overall and makes mistakes

Band 4

Limited user

Not used to complex language and have issues understanding and expressing.

Band 3

Extremely limited user

Regular breakdowns in communication and understands and conveys only general terms.

Band 2

Intermittent user

Struggles hard in understanding written and spoken English.

Band 1


Is not capable of using language beyond a few words.

Band 0

Did not attempt the test

No information provided

3 How to check IELTS score?

Students can check their IELTS results in a variety of ways, including online, by email, SMS, or in person at the test centre.

How to check IELTS scores online?

Candidates can verify their IELTS scores online by completing these steps:

  • Step 1: Go to the official website of the British Council.

  • Step 2: Select 'Results' from the drop-down menu.

  • Step 3: Decide on a test date.

  • Step 4: Fill out all of the required information, such as the candidate number, ID number, and date of birth, and then proceed.

4 Validity of an IELTS score

An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years. You have two years to send as many universities as you want your IELTS results to. The validity of IELTS scores is two years since after that, an IELTS test taker would not be able to use the results.

RE-marking for IELTS Results

Aspirants who want their IELTS test results noted must apply at their exam facility within six weeks of their test date. They must pay a fee to obtain information about their IELTS scores.

Candidates have the option of re-marking which sections of the IELTS test they choose. This cost is also repaid if any part of the IELTS scores improves. After re-marking, results are available within 2-21 days following the requested date. The number of portions you want to re-mark is dependent on how many you want to re-mark.

IELTS Provisional Mark Sheet

After 13 days, you will be able to view your provisional result online. Provisional test results are not official, and printed copies or screenshots of the result page will not be recognised as proof of your IELTS score. To acquire the format scores, you'll have to wait for your TRF to arrive in the mail. Provisional results will only be available for 28 days online.

How do I get my IELTS results by SMS?

Candidates can also verify their IELTS test scores through SMS by texting the following code to 9289892898 after 12 p.m. on the day the results are released.

What is the procedure for receiving IELTS results from the test centre?

Candidates can also get their IELTS exam score at the testing centre:


  • Candidates must present their student ID number or passport.

  • Candidates must present the candidate number they were given on the day of the test.

  • Candidates who registered for the IELTS 2021 exam at a test centre will not receive their results through phone, email, or fax.


Additional Score Report

Additionally, candidates may pay to have extra score reports sent to universities at any time throughout the Test Report Form's validity. Score reports can be transmitted in the following ways:

  • Candidates are charged INR 250 per university for electronic submissions. The results will be delivered electronically to universities/institutions that have subscribed to the electronic download of scores (STED RO).

  • Candidates must pay INR 1250 per address for an international courier. The score report is typically delivered to a university in 4 days by a courier service. Candidates are notified of their tracking number via SMS.

  • Candidates must pay INR 250 per address if they wish to apply by post. The score report takes approximately two weeks to arrive by Air Mail. Furthermore, the tracking number for this service is not shared.

5 FAQs

Q. What is the best way to prepare for IELTS at home?

A. Students who want to study at home for the IELTS can use the IELTS Preparation Guide, which contains key strategies and IELTS Sample Papers. You can also look at IELTS books and resources to learn about the most commonly used study materials. For further study materials, aspirants can go to the official IELTS website.

Q. What are IELTS passing marks?

As a result, there is no IELTS testing agency-set threshold. The band system is used to score the game. Every college has its threshold for admitting students based on IELTS scores.

Q. What happens if my IELTS test score is incorrect?

A. If you believe your marks are incorrect, you may request remarking for the entire test or any of the parts no later than six weeks following the test date. For both computer-delivered and pen-and-paper-based IELTS, candidates must pay an EOR cost of Rs 9,000. The EOR fee will be returned if the band scores change as a result of the re-marking. A request for re-marking usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to process.

Q.Is it possible for me to retake the IELTS test?

A. Candidates may take the IELTS exam whenever they are ready; there are no time limits for retaking the exam. Candidates must, however, pay the registration cost each time they schedule an IELTS exam.

Q. What does a good IELTS score look like?

A. To comprehend what a good IELTS score is, you must first understand the IELTS band score. The IELTS band score can be found above.

Q. Can we only retake one part of the IELTS test?

A. If you want to enhance your score in a certain section, you must retake the entire IELTS test and attempt all four portions again.

Q. How can I improve my IELTS Writing score?

A. First, learn the test format, then the topics that will be covered in the Writing portion. Understand the Writing section's question structure and plan your strategy accordingly. You can learn your current status by taking a practice exam. There are only two tasks in the writing portion; you must demonstrate that you have a solid vocabulary and improve your grammar.

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