2021 Exam - Dates, Registration, Test Format, Eligibility & Fees

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IELTS Result

After you are appeared with your IELTS exam, your result will be available after 13 days from the test date. The result will be issued in the Test Report Form (TRF) format, and you will receive only one TRF. The TRF shows your scores in all four sections: reading, listening, writing, and speaking, as well as your overall band. All five scores are given on a 9-Band scale.

After the completion of your IELTS exam, you will receive IELTS scores for each of the four sections on a band of 1 – 9. Along with that, you will also get an overall band score. In this article, we will inform you of everything about the IELTS Results and scores.

How to calculate IELTS score?

To calculate your IELTS score you just need to simply take out the mean (average) of all the sections’ scores, namely, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. That is the sum of all the scores divided by four. If the average comes out in a decimal point, then it will be rounded off to the nearest half or whole band. For instance, if the average comes out in .25, then it is rounded up to the next half band. So, in this case, if your average score is 6.25, then the final score will be counted as 6.5. In other cases where the average is .75, then it will be rounded off to the next whole band. Therefore, if you get a 6.75 band, the final score will be taken as 7.

See the scoring pattern below to understand how your IELTS score will be calculated.


Skill Level


Band 9

Expert user

Has fully operational command of the language

Band 8

Very good user

Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies

Band 7

Good user

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies and misunderstandings in some situations

Band 6

Competent user

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

Band 4

Limited user

Have 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 occur in communication

Band 2

Intermittent user

Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English

Band 1


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

Band 0

Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided

How to check IELTS results?

Candidates can check their IELTS scores online through different modes - online, email, SMS, or at the test centre.

How to check IELTS results online?

Candidates can check IELTS results online through the following steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the British Council's official website
  • Step 2: Click on the 'Results' link
  • Step 3: Select the test date
  • Step 4: Submit all details like candidate number, ID number, date of birth and proceed

Provisional Online Result

You will be able to view your provisional result online after 13 days of your test. The provisional test results are not final results, and printed copies or screenshots of the result page will not be accepted as your IELTS result. You will have to wait for your TRF to be mailed to get the format scores. Provisional results will be available to view online only for 28 days.

How to get IELTS Results through SMS?

Students can also check their IELTS test scores through SMS by sending the below-mentioned code to 9289892898 after 12.00 noon on the days of the result.

RESULT Candidate No. Passport No.

How to get IELTS Results from the test centre?

Students also have the option of IELTS exam score at the test centre:

  • Students need to show their ID number or passport
  • Students need to show the candidate number received on the test day
  • Candidates who registered for the IELTS 2021 exam from the test centre will not be able to receive the results through phone, email, or fax

Test Report Form (TRF)

The Test Report Form includes the candidate's band scores for all the sections Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and overall band scores. Also, there is an equal weightage given to each of the modules.

There are two kinds of test reports:

  • Personal Test Report Form
  • Institutional Test Report Form

Personal Test Report Form

Students will receive a Test Report Form (TRF) that will report a score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking), as well as an overall band score. Also, it is important to keep the copy of the Test Report Form safe as students will not receive another one. The students will receive a TRF scorecard through Courier/ Speed post. Students get the tracking number through SMS once it is out for delivery. It can take up to 10 days to receive the scores from the date of the declaration of the result.

Institutional Test Report Form

While registering for the IELTS exam, candidates have the option to send the Score Report up to five colleges/universities for free. Also, candidates can request for more Score Reports other than the five free Score Reports which they booked at the time of registration. For this, students need to fill the Additional Test Report Form and give proper addresses of the colleges/universities where they want to apply. The Additional Test Reports will be sent directly to the colleges or universities asked by the candidate.   

Additional Score Report

Apart from this, students can also opt for paid services for sending additional score reports to the universities anytime during the validity of the Test Report Form. Score reports can be transmitted through the following modes:

  • Electronic: Student are charged INR 250 per University. The universities/institutions that have enrolled to the electronic download of scores (STED RO) will get the results electronically.
  • International Courier: Students have to pay INR 1250 per address. Generally, the courier service takes approximately 4 days to deliver the score report to a university. The tracking number is shared with the students through SMS.
  • By Post: Students need to pay INR 250 per address. It takes approximately two weeks to deliver the score report through Air Mail. Further, the tracking number is not shared for this service.

Enquiry on Result

Enquiry on Result (EoR) means having your IELTS test re-marked. EoR must be applied within 6 weeks of the test date. Students can choose to remark only one module or all of the sections. You must download and complete the EoR form, submit your original TRF and pay an enquiry fee. The whole process of getting scores re-marked will take additional 6-8 weeks to process

Note that if your result ends up getting marked upward, you will receive a full refund of the enquiry fee and a new TRF. You can apply for five extra copies of the TRF to be sent to receiving college/universities free of charge. But if your result remains unchanged, no refund will be issued.

Check IELTS Result

  • Candidates can check their IELTS results published by the British Council on their official website.
  • Candidates can check their IELTS results published by IDP IELTS Australia on their official website.


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