Results IELTS

There is possibly only one thing more stressful than the process of preparing for the IELTS test and that is waiting for the results IELTS send you 13 days after the date of your test. Most IELTS candidates enjoy relaxing after the day of the IELTS test, a well deserved and welcome break from the IELTS routine, having spent months in some cases preparing and studying for the IELTS test.

Results IELTS online

If you want to check your results IELTS make them available online through their webpage. You can check your results by entering the following basic information:
  • - your name
    - ID number or passport number
    - date of birth
    - test date
The webpage explains that these results IELTS provide online are provisional and cannot be used to validate your score with immigration authorities or educational institutions for study abroad. The official results IELTS send you are in the Test Report Form which is sent to you 13 days after the date of your IELTS test. This is the document which you can use for verification purposes for study abroad or other plans you may have.

When people receive their results IELTS have sent, there can be some surprises. Some people receive better results than they had expected and some people receive results they did not expect, sometimes scoring less in one particular skill than in the others. There are many reasons why this can happen. Misinterpreting a question or not fully answering a question are two common reasons, so while you may think that everything was ok on the day of the IELTS test, you may be in for a surprise.

When you receive your results IELTS specify an individual band score for each skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking, along with a global or total band score, which is simply the average of the four individual band scores for each section. For example, if you receive the following band scores:
  • - Listening 7.0
    - Reading 8.0
    - Writing 6.5
    - Speaking 6.5
... then your overall band score will be 7.0, which in most cases should be sufficient for most immigration and educational purposes. It is wise to understand exactly the score you need to obtain before doing the IELTS test. In some cases an overall band score may be acceptable, but in other cases institutions or immigration authorities may specify minimum individual skill scores depending on the circumstances of your application.

If the results IELTS send you are disappointing, you should begin to prepare for the next IELTS test available in your area. Concentrate on your weakest skills and continue to practice all IELTS skills to maintain and improve your performance. Do as many IELTS practice tests as you can to become more familiar with the format and until you can consistently achieve the score you need in all four sections of the IELTS test.

Most candidates sitting the IELTS test will require a band score of at least 6.5 overall if you plan to study abroad, although some educational institutions may require more. For immigration purposes your score is usually calculated according to the country where you would like to emigrate to, and may also be dependent on other factors such as your age, family status and professional skills, among other things.