IELTS Results Online

What Option Do You Have for IELTS Results Online

The IELTS is an English test that is recognized in over 135 countries around the world and in more than 6000 institutions. This article is about the IELTS score and what it means and how you can obtain your test results online.

The results of the test will be posted to you 13 days after the test as the Test Report Form. All the test centers offer this facility, but if you wish to obtain your test results online, you will have to check and see whether your particular center offers this facility or not. You can contact your local test center and they will inform you whether they offer the results online or not. Some centers provide sms alerts as well but again you need to find out whether your local center does so as well. You may prefer to receive your results online owing to travel difficulties or other problems, but so far this service is limited to some test centers only. You can get your results at

Only one copy of your IELTS Test Report Form will be sent to you. It cannot be copied hence you need to preserve it carefully. There is also a facility to have free copies of your test results sent to five institutions in order to ease your application process. If you want more than five, you will have to pay a small administration charge. Your test form will be valid for a period of two years. It will contain the following information:

1. For each module of the test, your score will be represented on a Band Scale from 1 to 9.

2. On a scale of 1 to 9, your overall Band Scale is also given.

3. Whether you had completed the General Training or Academic module.

4. Your nationality, date of birth, first language and a photograph.

Even if you obtain your results online, it will contain essentially the same information.

What Does Your Score Mean?

You will be evaluated on your performance on the IELTS, using scores ranging from 1 to 9 (Band Score) for each part of the test that is, for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The score (for each part of the test and the overall Band Score) can be represented as half bands also, for example 7 and 7.5. The score of all these parts will then provide the Overall Band Score. There is no pass or fail score for the test. Band 0 is for those who did not attempt the test and for whom no assessable information was provided.

What is the Meaning of the Bands?

Each Band in the IELTS 9-Band Scale corresponds to a particular level of competence in the English language. These nine Bands are explained as follows:

Band 9: Expert User

This score indicates the candidate possesses total command over the English language, and that he is able to use the language well in all situations. This is the highest Band score possible.

Band 8: Very Good User

This indicates that a candidate has a good command over English and its usage but that there are occasional lapses in the language.

Band 7: Good User

This indicates that the candidate sometimes misunderstands the information given in English, but that overall he/she is reasonably proficient in English.

Band 6: Competent User

This Band indicates that the candidate has a fair level of proficiency in English but that sometimes his use of the language is inaccurate.

Band 5: Modest User

This score means that the candidate can communicate in the English language only in familiar situations and if the situation is new to him/her, then he/she demonstrates incorrect use of English.

Band 4: Limited User

This score indicates that the candidate cannot successfully comprehend complex language.

Band 3: Extremely limited User

This score indicates a very limited use of English. The candidate can use very little of English for communication.

Band 2: Intermittent User

English is very difficult language for this candidate and he is unable use it to communicate with someone.

Band 1: Non-User

This candidate can manage almost nil usage of English. His vocabulary is limited to a few words only.