How Can I Check My IELTS Results?

Once candidates have completed taking the IELTS test, the next hurdle begins, as they anxiously await for their test results. This article details the different methods you can use to check your IELTS results.

The IELTS Test Taker Portal

Once you have registered for the IELTS exam, you will be given special access to the IELTS Test Taker Portal. On this platform you will find the following information:

  • your test date.
  • your payment information
  • your contact information
  • your results
  • contact information for the British Council.

How Can You Access Your IELTS Test Results?

For paper-based tests, results are available online only after 13 days and a paper copy of the results will be mailed to you after 13 days. You can arrange for two copies to be mailed as well. Computer-delivered test results are viewable online after 3 to 5 days from the test date and a paper copy of the results will also be mailed to you after 3 to 5 days.

To access your results you need to use your candidate number and the passport or ID number that you used to register for the IELTS test. After the time periods specified above, your results will be available for viewing, for up to 28 days. These online results cannot be used as an official confirmation of your test results.

When you register for the IELTS exam you can select up to five organizations of your choice to receive IELTS test reports. You can send additional test reports to other organizations for a small fee.

Have Your Result Sent Via SMS

The British Council and IDP both offer SMS facilities for a number of services including obtaining your final IELTS score. You simply have to text the correct code to their number. The phone number and codes which have to be sent vary from country. You have to confirm with your test centre about which number you can use to avail these services.

Your Test Score Is Unavailable Online

If you have not received your test score after the specified period of time, then you have to either email your IELTS test centre to let them know about the delay or visit them in person.

The British council or IDP will inform you via email if your results have been delayed. There are three possible reasons behind this, and the details of this are made clear in a separate form when you apply for taking the IELTS test.

  • Your results will be delayed if it has been sent for further rechecking. This usually occurs when there is a difference of two bands between your lowest and highest individual score.
  • If there is any discrepancy found regarding the management of your IELTS tests.
  • If the information present on your test report form (TRF) has been found to have been tampered with or altered in any way.

Jonathan has been teaching students to prepare for the IELTS and PTE Exams for more than 10+ years. He's taught English to students in various countries in the world including Singapore, China, Australia, Canada and Colombia.