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  by 11AM. Check your results on the Test Taker Portal.

If you have taken the computer delivered test, you will be able to preview your results after 5 to 7 calendar days from the test date by 11AM. Check your results on the Test Taker Portal.

When will I get a physical copy of my result?

Results are ready 21 working days after the test date for both paper based test and computer delivered test. You will receive a communication from the British Council to collect your result at the office premise in Freetown. If you live outside Sierra Leone, you can require a DHL service delivery at your door step but, you have to incur the cost.

You are required to provide a valid physical address(location) during registration for the courier of your test results to be completed. We do not deliver to postal addresses or digital addresses, so do not provide those. We will not be liable for any delays in the delivery of your test results should you provide an invalid address.

If you took the test before 05 December 2020, kindly put in your request by visiting https://bit.ly/3qAuv0J. Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery of your results.

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

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

We will send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to whether you have taken a computer-delivered or a paper-based test.

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

We can send up to ten 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 ten copies we provide, you will need to pay an administration fee to send to international destinations via courier. This process applies to both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS. Here are the charges per destination:

  • Europe: SLL 350,000
  • America & Canada: SLL 359,000
  • Asia & Australia: SLL 464,000
  • Africa: SLL 245,000

 An additional amount of SLL 45,000 may be charged if you request for an additional TRF more than a month after taking the test.

If your test centre has been closed, you can order additional test report forms from ielts.org. (https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/additional-trf-form)

You will need to provide the institution’s address and make the request at https://bit.ly/3qAuv0J. We will then send the TRF directly to the institution.

Please note that an additional Test Report Form takes around 10 days to be processed. 

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?

Whether you have taken paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS, 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.

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 the test centre where you sat the test.

The fee for this service is GBP 60 for Standard IELTS and GBP 100 for UKVI IELTS, which will be refunded if your score is increased for any section of the test.

You need to apply for a re-marking no later than six weeks after the test date, regardless of whether you have taken computer-delivered or paper-based IELTS.

Request for an EOR by visiting https://bit.ly/3qAuv0J .

Your Enquiry on Results result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for remark. If you have not received a response after 21 days, please contact your test centre.

 Please also see the FAQs below for additional information:

1. If the score changes, can we send the new TRF before we receive the old one from the test taker?

Centres are required to receive the original TRF before a new one is issued to the test taker, in case the EOR score changes. You would need to send us your original TRF via courier at your own cost, upon receiving it we will acknowledge via email. We will then send you the new TRF for free to your location.

2. What happens if a test taker has lost their original TRF and the scores have changed following an EOR?

There could be several reasons why a test taker may not have their original TRF. Test centres must investigate reasons for a test taker’s inability to return a TRF and ask the test taker to retrieve the original TRF as a condition for re-issuing the new TRF. 

In cases where a test taker is unable to retrieve the original TRF, the test centre must issue a new TRF clearly stating that any previously issued TRFs become invalid following a score change. Centre should keep a record with reason why a candidate failed to provide the original TRF.

3. What happens if a test taker has sent their original TRF to a Recognizing Organization (RO) and the scores have changed following an EOR?

In cases where the test taker has sent their original TRF to a RO and their scores have changed following an EOR, the test centre must notify the RO about the change in the scores following the test taker’s EOR application.

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.