IELTS Exam Result 2022: How to Check IDP IELTS Result, Band Score & Score Calculation

Updated by: Sristy Sharma on June 7, 2022, 4:37 p.m.

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IELTS Scores & Results

IELTS Computer-based Test score is released within 3 to 5 days, while, the IELTS Paper-based Test score is released within 13 days of taking the exam. The IELTS Test Score is released in the form of a report. It is mandatory to have an original score of IELTS to apply to an institute that accepts the IELTS scorecard. The IELTS Test Report Form provides the overall band score as well as band scores for each of the four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. To make the scoring easy to understand, IELTS scores are reported on a 9-band scale with 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest. Test takers can also check their IELTS online, available for 28 days, which however should not be considered an official confirmation of their performance.

IELTS is one of the widely-accepted English proficiency tests across the world, accepted by popular universities including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMiddlesex University Dubai, Queen's University Belfast, University of Massachusetts.

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What is IELTS Score?

Once all the four sections of IELTS have been conducted successfully, the results comprising an overall band and section-wise scores in the form of bands ranging between 0 to 9 are released. Universities abroad set the IELTS cut-off in the form of overall band score, section-wise score, or both. Hence, IELTS test takers must meet the IELTS requirement of a specific university in order to be shortlisted for the admission process. 

IELTS scores are rounded to the nearest whole or half band. For example 5 bands, 5.5 bands, 6 bands, 6.6 bands, etc. The same is released in the form of the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) which remains valid for two years.

IELTS scores define the proficiency level of a candidate in the English language. Each IELTS score reflects the candidate's definite skill level, which is explained below.

The IELTS Scale

The scores of an IELTS test are reported on a 9-band scale, 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest. The IELTS scale is designed such that candidates and universities to understand the same easily.

Band Score

Skill Level

Description  

9

Expert user

The candidate is:

Fluent in the English language

Has a complete understanding of the English language

 knows how to use  appropriate and accurate English language  

8

Very good user

The candidate has:

 Complete understanding of the English language

Sometimes uses unsystematic, inaccurate and inappropriate English 

7

Good user

The candidate has:

Complete understanding of the English language

Sometimes uses unsystematic inaccurate and inappropriate English 

6

Competent user

The candidate has:

Effective command of the English language.

Has the ability to understand complex language

Sometimes uses inappropriate English language.

Misunderstanding phrases, sentences can be expected

5

Modest user

The candidate has:

 Partial command of the English language

Good overall understanding of the English language but likely to make mistakes while framing sentence

Ability to handle basic communication in their field

4

Limited user

The candidate has:

Frequent problems in understanding and expressing in the English language.

Does not have the ability to use complex language

3

Extremely limited user

The candidate can understand only the general meaning in familiar situations.

Frequent breakdowns while  communicating in English

2

Intermittent user

The candidate has difficulty in understanding the English language

1

Non-user

The candidate cannot understand the English language, except few words and common sentences 

0

Did not attempt the test

The candidate did not answer questions. 

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How is an IELTS Band Score Calculated?

IELTS overall band score is scaled on a range of 1 to 9. It is the average of all four sections (namely, reading, listening, writing, and speaking) of IELTS. The overall score is either whole or half band. For example, 6.0 bands, 6.5 bands, 7.0 bands, 7.5 bands, etc. Each section has an equal score range. Round off method is applied while calculating the overall  IELTS score. 

Check the following table to know how IELTS overall band is calculated:

Reading 

Listening 

Writing 

Speaking 

Average Score 

Band Score 

6.5 

6.0

6.0

7.0 

6.375

6.5 

7.5

6.5 

6.5

6.0

6.625

6.5

6.0

7.0

7.0

6.0 

6.5 

6.5

7.5

7.5

7.0 

6.5 

7.125

7.0 

6.0

5.5

6.0

6.0 

5.85

6.0

As you can see from the above table, an average score that ends above .5 but below .75 is rounded up to the next whole number. An average score below that ends below .25 is rounders to lower the next whole number.

IELTS Reading and Listening Scores

Given below in detail are the section-wise band scores for the IELTS test:

The sections of Reading and Listening in the IELTS comprise a total of 40 questions, each correct answer carries one mark. Scores obtained out of 40 are converted into the IELTS 9-band scale and are reported in both whole and half bands.

IELTS Writing Scores

In the IELTS writing section, examiners analyse each of the following four criteria to award a band score. The same are weighted equally and the score is the average.

  • Coherence and cohesion

  • Grammatical range and accuracy

  • Lexical resource

  • Task achievement (for Task 1)

  • Task response (for Task 2)

IELTS Speaking Scores

In the IELTS speaking section, examiners analyse each of the following four criteria to award candidates in a band score. The same are weighted equally and the score is considered the average.

  • Coherence and fluency

  • Grammatical range and accuracy

  • Lexical resource

  • Pronunciation

How to Check the IELTS Test Score?

Here's how IELTS candidates can check their test scores:

  • The IELTS CBT Score/Result is released online within 3 to 5 days after taking the test. The IELTS PBT test score is released within 13 days of taking the test.

  • The notification for the release of the IELTS score and the link will be sent on the registered email ID of the candidate.

  • The paper copy of the IELTS test score, i.e., the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is released within 13 days of taking the test. The TRF can be collected from the IELTS test centre.

How to Send the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) to Institutions?

Most Institutions abroad accept original copies of IELTS Test Report Form (TRF). Candidates can choose to send the test report directly to IELTS participating institutions from the test centres. For this, candidates will have to select the institutes while registering for IELTS, where they want to send the score. Once the test score is released, it will be sent directly to institutes from the test centre.

Sending the IELTS test scores directly from IELTS test centre is optional. However, candidates can upload or send the IELTS scorecard individually while applying at the respective institute for admission. Most universities in the countries abroad do not accept photocopies of the IELTS test score.

What if there is any Discrepancy in IELTS Test Result?

In case of any discrepancy in the IELTS test score, candidates can enquire about the test results at the test centre where the test was taken within six weeks of taking the test. Candidates must choose the sections of the test for which they want to request a remarking.

Enquiring about the IELTS test result is chargeable. However, the amount charged is refundable in case of an improved test score after enquiry.

The result after an enquiry is released within 2 to 21 days, which depends on various factors like the number of quotations raised for remarking among others. In case there is no response within 28 days, candidates must enquire about it at the test centre.

FAQs on IELTS 2022 Result/Scores

How is the IELTS speaking section scored?

The IELTS speaking section is scored on a range of 0-9 band. Fluency, Pronunciation, an appropriate use of grammar, cohesion are some of the factors considered for scoring the IELTS speaking section.

What is the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF)?

The IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is the official IELTS score report that has a section-wise IELTS score in the form of a band ranging between 0 to 9.

What to do if there is a discrepancy in the IELTS test score?

You can get the IELTS score rechecked in cases of discrepancy. The enquiry can be requested at the IELTS test centre.

Is there any procedure to get the IELTS score rechecked?

Yes, you can enquire about the test results at the test centre within the first six weeks of taking the test. You have to pay an extra charge to get the IELTS score rechecked however, if there are any changes in your previous IELTS score, the amount will be refunded.

How can I send my IELTS score to the institute?

There are two ways to send in your report to the institute of your choice, i.e. You can select institutes at the time of IELTS registration and send in your IELTS score reports from the test centre or you can directly upload your IELTS score while applying for admission at a specific institute.

How can I check my IELTS score?

The IELTS CBT score can be checked online. The notification and link to check the score will be sent on the registered email ID of the candidate.

What is a good IELTS score?

An IELTS test score ranging between 5.5 to 9 is considered good for admission to a good and reputable university abroad.

What is the validity of IELTS Score?

IELTS Test scores are valid for 2 years.

How is the IELTS test result released?

IELTS test score is released in the form of a report, commonly called the Test Report Form and is scored in bands for each section ranging between 0 to 9.

When is the IELTS test result released?

The IELTS CBT Test Score is released within 3 to 5 days of taking the test and IELTS PBT is released within 3 to 15 days.

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