IELTS Test results
Candidates receive their official results on the Test Report Form (TRF) 13 days after the test date.
Please note that we cannot give official results over the phone or by e-mail/fax.
You can check your results online 13 days after your test on the IELTS result checker page. You will need to provide your first/given name, family name, identification document number, date of birth and test date.
Getting your certificate
Your Test Report Form will be posted on the 13th day after you take the test. Please allow a few days for the results to reach your address. If you think your certificate has been lost in the post, please contact us. Please note, if you haven’t received your certificate you must report it as lost within 3 months of your test as we are unable to issue replacement certificates after this period.
Test Report Form (TRF)
You will receive your Test Report Form which reports a score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) as well as an overall band score. Half band scores may be awarded to indicate a strong performance within a particular band. You will receive only one copy of the TRF. It’s important that you keep it safe as replacement TRFs cannot be issued.
An IELTS certificate has a recommended validity period of 2 years. Some organisations might accept a TRF that is more than 2 years old as evidence of a present level of ability only if it is accompanied by proof that a candidate has actively maintained or improved their English language proficiency.
Sending IELTS results to relevant institutions
On your application form you can request up to five copies of your test results to be posted to educational institutions, government bodies or an employer at no extra cost. The relevant addresses should be provided in the IELTS test application form.
Additional copies of your Test Report Form beyond these five can be sent directly to institutions on your behalf within the two years of their validity.
You may ask for your results to be forwarded by downloading the Request for Extra Institution Copies of the TRF.
Please complete the form and return it to us along with a copy of your valid/not expired identification document.
The fee for each additional TRF is €8.00.
Forms that have been sent without a valid identification document and fee will not be processed.
Review of test results
If you feel that the marks you have received are not correct, you may file an "Enquiry on results" (EOR) to request to have all or part of your test re-marked. You need to complete the Enquiry on Results Form and send it to us, along with your original Test Report Form and a €105 fee. This must be done within 6 weeks of the test date.
The "re-marks" are centralised through IDP: IA, who will inform us of their decision within 6-8 weeks; we will then tell you the outcome of your appeal:
- If your score is higher as a result of the remark, you will be refunded the €105 and will be issued with a new Test Report Form.
- If your score does not change or is lower, you will lose your €105 and have your Test Report Form reissued to you.
Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.
Test Day Complaint Form for Candidates
Prior to the commencement of the IELTS test, an invigilator will read from a script which outlines the test conditions, expected candidate behaviour and the complaint procedure. It is important that you listen carefully during this presentation. If you feel that a certain issue(s) have affected your performance, you must advise an invigilator immediately. If you wish to make a formal complaint, ask for a "Test Day Complaint Form for Candidates", fill it in and submit it immediately to an invigilator.
This form cannot be accepted unless submitted on the test day. IDP:IELTS will investigate the matter and will contact you to obtain further information or to provide you with an outcome.
We address all concerns in a timely manner.
Understanding IELTS results
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported on an easy to understand 9-band score system with each band corresponding to a different level of competence from Non-user (band 1) to Expert (band 9). Each part of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole or half bands, e.g. 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5. This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken.
|Band 9||Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.|
|Band 8||Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Band 7||Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.|
|Band 6||Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Band 5||Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.|
|Band 4||Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.|
|Band 3||Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.|
|Band 2||Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Band 1||Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.|
It is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency. IELTS scores have a recommended validity period of two years.