Test results

Your results will be released 13 days after your test, at 10.00am. These can be collected in person or checked online.  You can check your results online for 27 days after your results are released.  Any results not collected on the Friday (13 days after your test date) will be posted on the Monday (16 days after your test date).

You will need to provide the following information to check your results online:

Test date
Your date of birth
Your ID document number
Your candidate number – this is on the label handed to you at the end of the writing test. Please keep this label after the test or make a note of your candidate number.

Please log in to your account to check your results.

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Will my results be posted?

If you cannot come to our centre to collect your test results on the 13th day, your test results will be posted to you via first class Royal Mail the third Monday (the 16th day) to the address indicated on your application.  Please expect it to take at least two weeks to reach a UK address and at least four weeks to reach an international address before you proclaim it lost.

We offer a courier service for those that would like their Test Report Form posting overseas.  This is a secure way to ensure that your Test Report Form reaches you and you will be sent a tracking number via email.  This can be paid for before your results have been released and will cost £68.20.

Can I collect the test results in person?

Yes, you can collect your Test Report Form at our office when your results are released on the 13th day (the second Friday after your test date).  You will receive an email the 12th day after the test, informing you of the collection times on the 13th day.  This email will be sent to the email address specified in your IELTS application.

You need to bring the same passport, European National Identity Card or Biometric Residence Permit (if issued in the UK) that you used to register for the test.

If you would like someone to collect your results on your behalf, this must be arranged with INTO UEA before results are released on the 13th day.  Please email ielts@uea.ac.uk for further information.

If you cannot collect your results in person, they will be posted to you (please see 'Will my results be posted?').

Can I receive my results over the telephone or via email?

No, you can only receive your results via one of the options listed above.  Please note that the online results do not appear as an official Test Report Form and that you must wait to receive the official Test Report Form either in the post or by collecting it on the 13th day (please see 'Can I collect the test results in person?').

I’m not happy about my results. What can I do about this?

If you wish, you can apply to have your test re-marked.  This is called an Enquiry of Results (EOR).  Candidates must apply for an EOR within 6 weeks of the test date.  Candidates may choose to either have a full re-mark of all 4 modules, or any individual or combination of the modules.

The EOR is sent to Senior Examiners for marking, with the full process usually taking 2-21 days.  After this, you will receive an EOR letter stating your final result status.

Candidates must pay a fee of £110.00 for an EOR.  If the results following the EOR are higher, £110.00 of your fee will be refunded to you.  If the results are not higher, there will be no refund.

If you wish to have your test re-marked, please contact ielts@uea.ac.uk to obtain an Enquiry on Results form.

Please note that if your results change, you will need to provide us with your original Test Report Form before a new Test Report Form can be issued to you.

Can I have another copy of my TRF (Test Report Form)?

You are only issued with one Test Report Form.  However, if your Test Report Form never arrives in the post to your address or you lose your TRF from a test taken less than two years ago, please contact ielts@uea.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Test Report Forms cost £20.00, including UK postage.  Please note you will be charged extra for international postage.

I need to send a copy of my TRF (Test Report Form) to a Recognising Organisation. How can I do this?

We can send copies of your results to up to 5 institutions of your choice.  However, you need to indicate when you apply for the test which institutions you would like your results sent to. If done at this stage, this will be at no extra cost.  Please note, though, that we do charge a fee for international postage.

If you apply for an additional Test Report Form for a Recognising Organisation after the test has taken place, you will need to complete a form (please email ielts@uea.ac.uk for further information) and make a payment of £20.00.  This payment includes UK postage, but please note that we do charge an additional fee for international postage.

How are my results calculated?

Scores for each of the four parts are equally weighted. The overall band scores are calculated by taking the mean of the total of the scores of the four individual parts.

Overall band scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band. For the avoidance of doubt, the following rounding convention applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Thus, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking would be awarded an overall band score of 6.5 (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 = Band 6.5).

Similarly, a candidate achieving 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking would be awarded an overall band score of 4.0 (15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 = Band 4.0).

However, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking would be awarded band 6 (24.5 ÷ 4 = 6.125 = Band 6).

For more information on how IELTS test material is produced, download the IELTS Question Paper Production Process here.

Who are IELTS examiners and how do they score tests?

There are a number of steps involved in becoming an IELTS Writing and Speaking examiner.  Firstly, all examiners must have the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field of study
  • A TESOL/TESL/TEFOL or other recognized English language teaching qualification
  • English-language teaching experience of at least three years (full time), or the equivalent in part-time, with most of that time spent teaching English to adults

The next step to becoming a certified IELTS Writing and Speaking examiner is to complete standardized training, conducted by an experienced IELTS examiner trainer. An important aspect of examiner training is marking speaking and writing exams.  In order to become certified, examiners must mark a series of exams consistently and accurately.

After becoming certified, examiners are regularly monitored to ensure IELTS standards are being met.  Every two years, examiners must be re-certified, which involves more training and marking tests.  As with the initial training, they must show that they can accurately and consistently mark exams.