IELTS Results & Scores


Candidates who take up the paper-based IELTS test need to wait up to 13 days after the assigned test date to preview their IELTS exam results. The Test Report Form (TRF) will be sent via mail 13 days after the day of the test.

Candidates who take up the computer-delivered test can preview their test results within 3-5 days from the assigned test date. The Test Report Form will be sent via mail 3-5 days after the test days.


  • How to check IELTS test results online? 

To view your results online, you must log in to the Test Taker Portal. The test results will remain online for 28 days. However, you cannot use it as an official confirmation. 

  • What is the IELTS validity?

The IELTS test certificate is valid for two years from the day the result is declared. 

  • How do I send my IELTS test score to the universities?

Candidates will receive their Test Report Form via mail (TRF) within 13 days of attempting the IELTS exam. The candidate will be given one copy of the TRP, and if they require more copies, they can request up to 5 additional TRFs that can be used for university application and scholarship purposes. The candidate must request additional copies within one month from the date of examination. 


If the candidate requires more TRFs after one month from the test date, they must fill in the 'Application for the Issue of Additional TRFs' form. The candidate will be charged additionally for each extra additional TRF they request.

Candidates can send the physical copies of the TRF in one of these methods:

  • Mail
  • Courier
  • Electronic Transfer

By Post: The candidate must pay a sum of INR 250 for sending their marks to each institution.

By Courier: The candidate must pay a sum of INR 1250 for sending their IELTS scores to each institution.

Electronically: The first five reports can be sent free of cost. For additional copies, the candidate must pay a sum of INR 250 for each institution.

IELTS Section Band Scores:


This IELTS Listening section consists of 40 questions, and each correct answer carries one mark. The total score out of 40 is converted to the nine-band scale.


The IELTS Reading section consists of 40 questions. Each right answer carries one mark. The total score out of 40 is converted to the nine-band scale.

Both IELTS Academic and IELTS General are graded on the same scale. However, the texts under the Academic Reading section are comparatively advanced than they are in General Reading. Therefore, candidates taking my IELTS General will have to answer more questions to gain the required band score.

While grading the IELTS Writing section, the examiners look for the following:

  • Task Achievement in Task 1 and Task Response in Task 2
  • Coherence and Cohesion in language
  • Vocabulary
  • Range and Accuracy in Use of Grammar

These four criteria are considered equally, and the average is considered as the final score for this section.


The examiners look for the following for the IELTS Speaking section:

  • Fluency and Coherence in Speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Range and Accuracy in the use of Grammar
  • Pronunciation

How to calculate the IELTS test score?

The IELTS band score is the mean average of all the sections - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The sum of these four sections is divided by four and considered as the total band score. When the four sections’ average amounts to a decimal point, the score will be rounded off to the nearest half or whole band. For instance, if the test taker scores a 7.25, then the grade will be changed to 7.5. If the test taker's score is 7.75, then the score will be rounded off to 8. 


Did not attempt 
The test taker has not answered the questions 
The test taker is not capable of using the language.   
Intermittent User
The test taker finds it extremely difficult to understand spoken and written English 
Extremely Limited User
The test taker cannot communicate without frequent breakdowns. They can only comprehend fundamental meaning in very familiar situations. 
Limited User
The test taker's command over the language is minimal, and they find it challenging to comprehend the complex language.
Modest User
The test taker has only partial command over the language. Though they tend to make many errors, they can comprehend the complete meaning in most situations and handle basic communication. 
Competent User
The test taker's command over the language is effective. There are inaccuracies and misunderstandings, but they can understand the complex language in familiar situations. 
Good User
The test taker has a strong command over the language with occasional inaccuracies and rare inappropriate use of language. They are capable of handling complex language effectively. 
Very Good User
The test taker has a masterful command over the language and can handle complex argumentations but has occasional inaccuracies and might fail to comprehend certain unfamiliar situations.
Expert User
The test taker's use of English is fluent and appropriate and exhibits complete comprehension. 


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