Result of IELTS Exam

What to Do if Your IELTS Results Are Unsatisfactory?

IELTS is an English language test and the skills that are evaluated are Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking. The Listening and the Reading test areas comprise varieties of question types. You are required to answer the Writing section in the essay writing format and the Speaking section is an interview round. Exam result of IELTS is sent to the candidates 13 calendar days after the test date.

How is IELTS Evaluated?

IELTS is an exam that uniquely evaluates the abilities of a candidate in the English language. In this test, there are no cut-off marks or pass or fail categorization. Every student who takes the test receives a score card with a grade that suggests the level of expertise in the English language. First, your raw scores for each of the four test sections are evaluated and then it is equated on to a band scale. The result specifies the band scale obtained by you and this style of scoring is referred to as 9-band system. For each of the four sections, the raw scores are first equated to the 9-band grade and then the cumulative of all the individual band scales gives the overall band scale of the test. In this unique 9-band scaling, you may receive any grade between 0 and 9. A 0 band scale suggests that you have not taken the test or that you have attempted the test in a way that is not at all assessable. A 9-band score suggests that you are an expert English language user. Likewise, you may receive any band scale grading between 0 and 9 and you can refer to the following link to know about what different band scales mean:
http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/getting_my_results/my_test_score.aspx





Where to See Your IELTS Result and What Do They Contain?

Your result will be posted to you 13 calendar days after the test date. Your exam result arrives in the Test Report Form (TRF). The Test Report Form is not just your score, it also includes your particulars like your nationality, your native language and date of your birth. Your TRF comprises both the individual band scales obtained by you in all the test sections and also the overall band scale score. Keeping your result TRF securely is quite important because you will be issued only one TRF and it must be produced at the institution, where you have applied. Further, your TRF can be sent to five institutions that you wish to apply for free of cost. Your result can also be known via text messages or online services. This depends upon the test center at which you have taken the test. For receiving your score via text messages, you must contact your local test center. Refer to the following link:
http://www.ielts.org/test_centre_search/search_results.aspx

What to Do if Your IELTS Results Are Unsatisfactory?

If you have scored in between a band scale of 7 and 8.5, then your result can be called good. However, it depends upon your target. If you apply to an institute that requires a band scale of 8.5 and if you have not scored that high, then you must think of the alternatives. You can either wish to retake the test or you can apply for other institutes, for which you are eligible. So, it is an individual's choice of making a decision. However, only a good score would help you get a good opportunity, either career-wise or job-wise. So, make sure you make the right decision.

For retaking the test, you might want to first know about the mistakes that you have committed and your discrepancies in test taking. You can refer to the following link to know more about retaking the test from the exam administrators' point of view. There are more links to understanding your  result on this page:
http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/getting_my_results/resitting_the_test.aspx




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