IELTS Exam Result 2022: Score Calculation, Band Descriptors and How to Download IELTS Results Online


Piyush Kohli

Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

Updated on Feb 11, 2022 07:50 IST

The computer-delivered IELTS results are available within 3 to 5 days after the test date. To check IELTS Results online you need to visit the IELTS online results portal with the help of the link provided by your test centre. There you can see the IELTS test results in a table with an explanation of the scores. The online results will be available for 28 days.

IELTS Result

After you are done with your IELTS exam, your result will be available online after 3 to 5 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, along with 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.

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When IELTS Results will be out?

IELTS online scores are available after 3 to 5 days of the test. The IELTS results remain on the official website for 28 days after releasing them. IELTS Life Skills results are available on the seventh day after the test.

IELTS Results release date in India

Test Mode

Result Availability Time

Online Mode

3 to 5 days after the test

Offline Mode

After 13 days from the test date

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?

Students can check their IELTS results 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 'Results' link
  • Step 3: Select the test date
  • Step 4: Submit all details like candidate number, ID number, date of birth and proceed

How long is an IELTS score valid?

An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years. Within these two years, you can send the IELTS scores to as many universities as you want. After this, an IELTS test taker won't be able to use the IELTS scores, so, IELTS score validity is for two years.

RE-marking for IELTS Results

Test-takers who want their IELTS test results remarked need to apply within six weeks of their test date at their test center. They need to give some fee to inquire about their IELTS results. Candidates have the choice to select which section of the IELTS test they want to re-mark. Also, if any part of the IELTS scores is improved then this fee gets refunded. Results after re-marking are available within 2-21 days from the date of request. It depends on how many parts you want to re-mark.

IELTS Provisional Marksheet

You will be able to view your provisional result online after 13 days of your test. The provisional test results are not formal 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?

Candidates 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 check through Email?

When the results for IELTS 2022 are declared, students receive an email from the British Council. Students should keep an eye on their email account for such notifications.

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 2022 exam from the test centre will not be able to receive the results through phone, email, or fax

IELTS 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 sections.

There are two kinds of test reports:

  • Personal Test Report Form
  • Institutional Test Report Form

Personal Test Report Form

Candidates 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 candidates won’t 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, students have the option to send the Score Report up to five colleges/universities for free. Also, students can also 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, candidates 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: Candidates are charged INR 250 per University. The universities/institutions that have subscribed to the electronic download of scores (STED RO) will get the results electronically.
  • International Courier: Candidates 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 candidates through SMS.
  • By Post: Candidates 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.

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Enquiry on Result

Enquiry on Result (EoR) means having your IELTS test re-marked. For that, EoR must be applied within 6 weeks of the test date. You can choose to remark only one section 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.

How to send IELTS scores to universities?

After getting IELTS scores, it is important to know how to send IELTS test scores to universities. Candidates are allowed to send IELTS test result scores to five universities without any additional cost. However, aspirants need to select the universities at the time of registration. Know more about how to send IELTS scores to universities here

IELTS score requirement for different countries

The majority of the English-speaking countries accept IELTS scores for giving visas to students. The minimum IELTS scores required for getting a student visa to differ from country to country. IELTS score for different countries:

IELTS Score for USA

Top universities in USA ask require candidates to score 7 or more in IELTS to get admission.

IELTS Score for Canada

In order to through SDS Canada, a candidate needs to score 6 or higher in each of the skills whether reading, writing, listening, or speaking.

Also Read: FAQs for IELTS Exam 2022

IELTS Results and Scores FAQs

Need more clarity on IELTS results and scores? Check out the most frequently asked questions on IELTS and IELTS results and scores.

How to prepare for IELTS at home?

Students looking to prepare for the IELTS at home can look at the  IELTS Preparation Guide  that includes key strategies and  IELTS Sample Papers . You can also look at  IELTS books and resources  and know the popular study material. Aspirants can also check the official IELTS website for more study material.

When we receive the IELTS Test results?

Candidates will receive their Test Report Form within ten days from the result date for the paper-based test and five to seven days for a computer-delivered test. Candidates should also need to give at least 7 working days for the delivery. Few test centers also send results online and SMS service as well. Test takers should keep the copy safely as they will be receiving only one copy.

What are IELTS passing marks?

As such there is no threshold set by the IELTS testing agencies. Scoring is done as per the band system. Every institution sets its own level of IELTS scores for admitting students.

What if my IELTS test result is wrong?

In case you feel that your marks are not correct then you can ask for remarking for the whole test or either for any of the sections no later than six weeks after the test date. Candidates need to pay Rs 9,000 as an EOR fee for both Computer-delivered and Pen and Paper-based IELTS. If the band scores will change in the re-marking then the EOR fee will be refunded. Usually, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to process a request for re-marking.

Can I re-take the IELTS test?

Candidates can take the IELTS exam whenever they are ready to do so, there are no restrictions on retaking the IELTS. However, candidates need to pay the registration fee every time they book the IELTS test.

What is a good IELTS score?

You need to understand the IELTS band score to learn what is a good IELTS score. You can check the IELTS band score above.

Can we retake the IELTS test for one section only?

In case you want to improve your score for a particular section then you have to take the complete IELTS test again and need to attempt all four sections.

How can I get a good score in IELTS Writing?

Understand the test format first and then learn the topics that will be covered in the Writing section. Understand the questions pattern of the Writing section and make a strategy accordingly. Take a practice test and you learn your current status. The writing section includes only 2 tasks, you need to showcase you have a strong vocabulary and also work on your grammar.

Can we recheck the IELTS score?

Yes, you can recheck the IELTS score by requesting a review within six weeks of the test date. Candidates have the option to re-check one or more modules of the exam by paying a fee of Rs 11,025 as an EOR fee. Candidates will be notified about the re-marking results within 2-21 days of receipt of their application.

What would happen if you fail the IELTS exam?

There is no pass or fail in the IELTS exam and candidates can retake the exam as many times as they want. However, every time you need to pay the registration fee if you wish to attempt the exam again.

Can the IELTS exam be cleared in the first attempt?

It is possible to achieve the target score on the first attempt. IELTS test evaluates your English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. With the right strategy and preparation, you can clear your IELTS test on the first attempt. It is always advisable to consult experts while planning to move study abroad for pursuing higher studies. Best of Luck!!!



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