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.

If you have taken the computer-delivered test, you will be able to preview your results after 3 to 5 calendar days from the test date. 

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

When will I get a physical copy of my result?

We will send out a paper copy of your IELTS test score the Test Report Form (TRF), via mail delivery 13 days after the test date for paper-based test and 3 - 5 days after a computer-delivered test. Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery. We will use a domestic courier for all local addresses and Registered post for any overseas addresses.

If you would like us to courier your Test Report Form to an overseas address please make an additional payment of LKR 3,000 to the British Council Customer Services counters before your selected test date quoting your registration reference number.

IELTS results will not be disclosed over the phone, through email or through the British Council branches.

We’ll send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to

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

We can send up to five 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 on the Test taker portal within two years of taking the test.

Apply for up to five free additional original copies of your TRF online, in two easy steps, up to two years after taking your test:

If you are applying after booking/taking your test:

Step 1: Log in to the Test Taker portal and click on the ‘Results’ tab and then on the ‘Add new organisations’ button.

Step 2: Fill in the details of the organisation and ‘Save’ changes. Please make sure, the organisation you want an additional copy of your TRF sent to is listed under organisations that recognise IELTS.

Please note, you will not see the option to ‘Add new organisations’ in the following instances:

  •  If you have already applied for five free additional copies of your TRF
  •  If you are trying to apply after two years of taking the test

 In any of the above instances, please follow the process outlined under the section ‘Can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?

 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.

You could obtain the full postal address of the institution from the list of recognising organisations available in the 'Downloads' section of this page.

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 five copies we provide, you will need to pay an administration fee of LKR 300/- per copy to send it via electronic means and a fee of LKR 500/- per copy to send it via post and a fee of LKR 3000/- per copy to send to local or international destinations via courier. This process applies to both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS.

If your test centre has been closed, you can order additional test report forms from ielts.org

You will need to provide the institution’s address and fill in the “Application for Additional Test Report Form”. Attach a photocopy of your IELTS test result and passport to the application form and courier this to us. 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

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 LKR. 14,350, 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 your listening/reading/writing test date, regardless of whether you have taken computer-delivered or paper-based IELTS.

Here's what you need to do to apply for your test to be re-marked: 

Step 1: Log in to the Test Taker portal and click on ‘Completed’ exams tab and then on the date of the test you want to request an EOR for.

Step 2: Choose the ‘Results’ tab and the test results will display.

Step 3: Scroll down to the page, click on the hyperlink to request for test re-marking. You will see a brief overview of the remarking and the EOR fee.

Step 4: Select one or all modules you would like to be get re-marked and provide a justification for your request.

Step 5 : If the deadline for applying for an EOR has passed, you should contact us directly at info.lk@britishcouncil.org

Step 6: Agree to Terms and Conditions to proceed to payment.

Step 7: Choose to complete your payment online, at the counter or via direct bank transfer to the below mentioned account. Please quote "IELTS EOR-Your Passport Number-Your Mobile Number" as reference. We recommend you to make your payment online for a faster service. 

Bank: HSBC, Branch: PO Box 73, Colombo 1
Account number: 001-002377-002
Bank and branch code: 7092 001
Swift Code: HSBCLKLX
Currency: LKR

Step 8: If you have opted to pay offline, please upload the payment slip/confirmation as supporting documentation to complete your application.  

Your re-marked result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for remark.

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.