When will I get my IELTS results?

You won’t have to wait long for your IELTS test results.

You can log in to the Test Taker Portal to preview your results. IELTS Results remain online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.

If you have taken the paper-based test, you will be able to preview your results after 13 calendar days from the test date.

If you have taken the computer based test, you will be able to preview your results after 3-5 days from the test date.

If you lose your Test Report Form or forget your test results, please contact your test centre.

When will I get a physical copy of my results?

You will recieve a paper copy of your IELTS test score, the Test Report Form (TRF), from the British Council office in Kabul 13 days after the test date for paper-based tests. Our exams team will send you an email advising to check your test result online and to collect the paper copy of your TRF.

IELTS results will not be disclosed over the phone or through email.

We’ll send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies will not be accepted.

We can send up to five additional copies of your TRF directly to institutions you are applying to (for instance universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you book your test.

Please do not forget to give the full postal address of the institution. Without the complete address, we are not able to check whether the institution has access to the IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service that allows it to view your results after we have submitted them electronically. In case they do not access this service, we will send your TRF by post.

Can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?

If you want us to send another copy of your TRF to a recognising organisation, in addition to the five copies we provide, please contact one of our IELTS registration agents. 

What does my IELTS score mean?

You will be awarded an IELTS band score from 0-9 for each test section, which reflects your proficiency in English.

Your TRF shows a score for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), as well as an overall band score. You can score whole band scores (for example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half band scores (e.g. 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in each section of the test.

Find out more about what your score means here.

How long are my IELTS results valid for?

Organisations will usually not accept your results if they are more than two years old unless you provide evidence that you have actively maintained or tried to improve your English since taking the test. The IELTS Partners cannot confirm the validity of test results that are more than two years old.

Enquiry on results (EOR) application requirement for test takers 

How can I get my IELTS test re-marked?

If you did not receive the score you expected, you can apply for your test to be re-marked. This is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR). You can choose which test sections you want to be re-marked and will need to request this at one of our regirstation agent's offices.

You need to apply for a re-marking no later than six weeks after the test date.

  1. Test takers applying for an EOR will no longer be required to submit their original TRF at the time of application.
  2. If the test taker's scores change as a result of an EOR, the test taker will be required to return their TRF before a new one is issued.
  3. If the test taker's scores do not change, the test taker will retain the original TRF.
  4. Centres will need to generate a PDF copy of the test taker's TRF before the EOR is triggered in IWAS and upload it as part of the EOR application.

Please contact us for further information about how this service works. 

Enquiries on Results take two to four weeks to complete.

Can I re-take my IELTS test?

There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. You can book a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.

Please note that your score is unlikely to increase unless you make a significant effort to improve your English before re-taking the test. Visit the preparation section to take a practice test and assess your level.