1) WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
IELTS results are declared on the 13th day after the test. However, when there is a public holiday, they may be declared slightly earlier or later. It is NOT possible to give test results over the telephone or by e-mail.
2) HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
You can get your results:
For domestic addresses, by courier to your home and at no extra cost (only within areas serviceable by couriers).
For overseas addresses, by registered airmail (courier not available for overseas addresses).
3) WHAT IS A TEST REPORT FORM (TRF)?
The Test Report Form shows your band score for each module and the overall band score.
Candidates will only receive one original Test Report Form. This is a very valuable document and it is recommended that you ensure that your TRF is secure. No Photocopies of the test report form are offered.
4) CAN I ORDER ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE TEST RESULT FORM (TRF)?
You can request additional copies of your TRF to be sent directly to the receiving institutions.
When you register, you can order five additional TRFs to be sent directly to receiving institutions by registered post free of cost.
After the test, you can order as many additional copies of your TRF as you need providing it is within two years of the test date, though you will be charged for this service.
5) WHERE CAN WE SEND TRFS?
Additional TRFs can be sent to:
Academic institutions and professional organizations overseas
Embassies and consulates (except British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian Embassies/Consulates)
Additional TRFs cannot be sent to:
2)Non-governmental immigration agencies or agents
3)Companies or individuals
4)The Visa Section of the British/Australian Embassies/Consulates
6) HOW LONG ARE THE RESULTS VALID?
The IELTS test results are valid for two years. However, some universities or organizations may have their own regulations concerning the period of validity.
7) WHAT IS THE PASSING SCORE IN IELTS?
There is no pass or fail score in IELTS. Universities, embassies or receiving institutions specify the band score required by them.
8) HOW ARE THE SCORES PROCESSED?
All IELTS marking is done by certified examiners who are trained and comprehend the IELTS assessment criteria well. Examiners are re-trained regularly to ensure that they are marking to the required standard. Systematic monitoring and double marking of a proportion of answer sheets is carried out at each administration.
9) HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY TEST WILL BE MARKED ACCURATELY?
All examiners are trained and recruited according to the strict guidelines set down by the University of Cambridge. Examiners are regularly trained and monitored to ensure that they award scores based on the candidate’s performance on the test day. Fairness is ensured at all levels to provide an unbiased report.
10) WHAT HAPPENS IF MY ADDRESS CHANGES AFTER I REGISTER?
Make sure you inform the administrator on the test day if your address has changed.
11) CAN AN ORGANISATION OR INSTITUTION VERIFY MY RESULTS IN ANY OTHER WAY APART FROM RECEIVING A TRF?
All receiving institutions have access to an IELTS verification website which they use to verify your TRF.
12) WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY RESULTS?
You can request an Enquiry on Result (EoR) if you feel that your test results do not reflect your performance in the test. This means that your test scripts/tapes will be sent to Cambridge to be re-marked by Senior Examiners. This request is made after the test results have been released and is designed to ensure candidate performance has been accurately assessed.
1. The fee for this service is INR 5500 and it is the same whether you ask for one part of the test to be re-marked, or all parts of the test.
2. An EoR can only be made within six weeks of the test date.
3. If your scores change after the EoR then:
A new TRF will be issued to the candidate.
A full refund will be made to the candidate within a month of the new TRF being issued.
4. If the scores do not change after the EOR then the original TRF will be returned to the candidate.There is no appeal after this re-mark, the decision being final. During the period of remarking, the test results are frozen, and cannot be used to apply for a university or to be sent to an immigration office. Any extra TRF application lodged during this period will be regarded as invalid.
5. This procedure takes six to eight weeks to be completed.
13) WHAT HAPPENS IF A CANDIDATE IS DELAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL FOR EXAMPLE, A TRANSPORTATION STRIKE?
The test centre offers the candidate an alternative test date as soon as possible.
14) WHAT HAPPENS IF A CANDIDATE WANTS TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL THEIR ENTRY?
The test centre may retain part of the fee for local administrative costs. This may vary from centre to centre.
15) WHAT HAPPENS IF A CANDIDATE IS ABSENT ON THE DAY OF THE TEST WITHOUT GIVING PRIOR NOTICE?
The candidate will normally lose their full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided then the full fee is refunded minus a local administrative deduction.
16) CAN IELTS BE TAKEN AS AN ALTERNATE TO TOEFL ?
YES, over 2500 US institutions recognise IELTS and accept either IELTS or TOEFL for admission to award courses. For an updated list please log on to www.IELTS.org
17) CAN I RETEST ONLY FOR THE MODULE WHERE I DID NOT SCORE WELL INSTEAD OF REPEATING THE WHOLE TEST ?
IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s English proficiency at a given time. It provides not only an indication of ability in a particular module but also an indication of overall ability. This would not be possible if modules were not taken at the same time. Stakeholders require an indication of proficiency at a given time. Stakeholder have expressed a preference for full re-testing to gain an accurate assessment of a candidate’s language proficiency. Therefore a candidate will have to re-take the full test and cannot re-take a specific module
18) HOW SOON CAN I REPEAT THE TEST ?
A candidate may repeat the test at any time.
19) IS THE IELTS TEST COMPLETED IN ONE DAY?
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and in this same order. The Speaking test can be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.