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  After the test (Results)

IELTS knows that you, and those relying on and using your IELTS score, want quick results C IELTS results are available within 13 working days of taking the test.

You can inquire about your results through the Enquiry on Results service at every test centre, and you can have copies of your Test Report Form sent to up to five institutions free of charge.

IELTS uses a unique nine point scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner C wherever and whenever the test is taken. This scoring system is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency.

Its quick and easy to find out which organisations will recognise your IELTS score. You can use the online Global Recognition System (GRS) to look for, and link to, them.

Test report forms

You will receive only one copy of your Test Report Form (TRF), but IELTS will send a copy of your form to up to five institutions or organisations free of charge.

The report form is a very valuable document and it is recommended that you keep it safe and secure because it can not be replaced. 

The IELTS TRF includes:

Please note

The TRF, in giving a Band Score for each of the four modules of the test as well as an overall Band Score, allows receiving institutions to clearly identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Marking at the test centre ensures that test results are available without any administrative delay.
A valid Test Report Form bears a centre stamp, candidate photo, a validation stamp and the IELTS administrator's signature. Test Report Forms are sent directly from the test centre to the receiving institution or organisation. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Your test score

All IELTS results are released 13 calendar days after the test.

You can be sure that an IELTS score tests and demonstrates your true ability to communicate in English across all four language skills C Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations around the world. This means that IELTS gives you an accurate assessment of your understanding and your ability to communicate effectively in English as you will be using it.

The internationally-recognised nine (9) band score system of IELTS is a dependable way to measure your language proficiency.

Each Band corresponds to a descriptive statement giving a summary of English competence. Overall Band Scores can be reported in either whole or half Bands.

The nine bands and their descriptive statements are:

9 Expert User

Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

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.

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.

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.

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.

4 Limited User

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

3 Extremely Limited User

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

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.

1 Non User

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

0 Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided.