IELTS Exam Score: Everything You Want to Know

After the completion of your IELTS exam, you’ll receive IELTS scores for every for the four sections on a band of 1 – 9. Along with that, you’ll also get an overall band score. See the scoring pattern below to know how your IELTS score will be calculated.

BandSkill LevelMeaning
Band 9Expert userHas fully operational command of the language
Band 8Very good userFully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies
Band 7Good userHas operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies and misunderstandings in some situations
Band 6Competent userCan use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations
Band 5Modest userHas partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes
Band 4Limited userHave frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language
Band 3Extremely limited userConveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns occur in communication
Band 2Intermittent userHas great difficulty understanding spoken and written English
Band 1Non-userEssentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words
Band 0Did not attempt the testNo assessable information provided

IELTS Result

The IELTS test result is issued within 13 days after you have appeared for the exam. The result is issued as Test Report Form (TRF) and each candidate gets only one TRF. This TRF shows your individuals section scores and also the overall score on a 1-9 band.

Provisional Online Result

Candidate can also access the provisional result online after 13 days of the exam. However, this provisional result is not formal; any form of this result will not be accepted as the IELTS result. The candidate has to wait for the TRF to be mailed to get formal scores. Provisional scores are available only for 28 days online. 

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Get IELTS Results through SMS

IELTS test score can also be checked through SMS. Candidates have to send an enquiry to 9289892898 as

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Test Report Form (TRF)

The two kinds of Test Reports are:-

  • Personal Test Report Form
  • Institutional Test Report Form

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Personal Test Report Form

A Test Report Form (TRF) is sent to all the candidates as the formal result for IELTS examination. This TRF has individual scores for the four sections and also an overall band score. It is very important to keep this TRF safe as candidates are provided with only one copy. The TRFs are sent by Courier/Speed Post. It takes up to 10 days to receive TRF after the result date.

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Institutional Test Report Form

The candidates have an option to send up to five of their TRFs to colleges/universities directly. The students are required to fill Additional Test Report Form along with proper addresses of the colleges/universities. Also, candidates can avail this option to send their results to colleges during the validity period of the TRF.

  • Electronic: The charges are INR 250 per University. The results will be electronically transferred to universities/colleges that have subscribed to an electric download of scores.
  • International Courier: Candidates have to pay INR 1250 per address as a charge in this mode. The tracking number is shared with the candidates through SMS. It generally takes 4 days to deliver the score report and the delivery can be tracked by the student
  • By Post: Candidates need to pay INR 250 per address as a charge for this mode. It will take more than two weeks to deliver score report and it cannot be tracked.

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How to calculate IELTS score?

The overall IELTS score is calculated by taking an average of the scores in the four sections – Listening, writing, Speaking and Reading. If the result comes out to be in decimal point, then it is approximated to the nearest half or whole band. For example, if the mean of the scores in four sections comes as 5.25, then it is rounded off to the nearest half that is 5.5.

Enquiry on Result

Enquiry on Result (EoR) means having your IELTS test re-marked. The candidate has to apply within 3 weeks of the test date for an EoR. Either one or all sections have to be remarked for EoR. For the process, you have to download the EoR form, submit your original TRF and pay the enquiry fee. The entire process of remarking the exam takes additional 6-8 weeks of time. If your results get an improvement, you are entitled to a full refund of the enquiry fee. Additional copies of the TRF can be sent to receiving colleges/universities at no cost. However, if there’s no improvement in the result then there’s no refund.

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