IELTS Exam Result 2022: Score Calculation, Band Descriptors and How to Download IELTS Results Online


When IELTS Results will be out?

IELTS online scores are available after 3 to 5 days of the test. The IELTS results remain on the official website for 28 days after releasing them. IELTS Life Skills results are available on the seventh day after the test.

IELTS Results release date in India

Test Mode

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Result Availability Time

Online Mode

3 to 5 days after the test

Offline Mode

After 13 days from the test date

How to calculate IELTS score?

To calculate your IELTS score you just need to simply take out the mean (average) of all the sections’ scores, namely, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. That is the sum of all the scores divided by four. If the average comes out in a decimal point, then it will be rounded off to the nearest half or whole band. For instance, if the average comes out in .25, then it is rounded up to the next half band. So, in this case, if your average score is 6.25, then the final score will be counted as 6.5. In other cases where the average is .75, then it will be rounded off to the next whole band. Therefore, if you get a 6.75 band, the final score will be taken as 7.

See the scoring pattern below to understand how your IELTS score will be calculated.


Skill Level


Band 9

Expert user

Has fully operational command of the language

Band 8

Very good user

Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies

Band 7

Good user

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies and misunderstandings in some situations

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Band 6

Competent user

Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations

Band 5

Modest user

Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes

Band 4

Limited user

Have frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language

Band 3

Extremely limited user

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns occur in communication

Band 2

Intermittent user

Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English

Band 1


Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words

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Band 0

Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided

How to check IELTS results?

Students can check their IELTS results online through different modes – online, email, SMS, or at the test centre.

How to check IELTS results online?

Candidates can check IELTS results online through the following steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the British Council’s official website
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Results’ link
  • Step 3: Select the test date
  • Step 4: Submit all details like candidate number, ID number, date of birth and proceed

How long is an IELTS score valid?

An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years. Within these two years, you can send the IELTS scores to as many universities as you want. After this, an IELTS test taker won’t be able to use the IELTS scores, so, IELTS score validity is for two years.

RE-marking for IELTS Results

Test-takers who want their IELTS test results remarked need to apply within six weeks of their test date at their test center. They need to give some fee to inquire about their IELTS results. Candidates have the choice to select which section of the IELTS test they want to re-mark. Also, if any part of the IELTS scores is improved then this fee gets refunded. Results after re-marking are available within 2-21 days from the date of request. It depends on how many parts you want to re-mark.

IELTS Provisional Marksheet

You will be able to view your provisional result online after 13 days of your test. The provisional test results are not formal results, and printed copies or screenshots of the result page will not be accepted as your IELTS result. You will have to wait for your TRF to be mailed to get the format scores. Provisional results will be available to view online only for 28 days.

How to get IELTS Results through SMS?

Candidates can also check their IELTS test scores through SMS by sending the below-mentioned code to 9289892898 after 12.00 noon on the days of the result.

RESULT Candidate No. Passport No.

How to check through Email?

When the results for IELTS 2022 are declared, students receive an email from the British Council. Students should keep an eye on their email account for such notifications.

How to get IELTS Results from the test centre?

Students also have the option of IELTS exam score at the test centre:

  • Students need to show their ID number or passport
  • Students need to show the candidate number received on the test day
  • Candidates who registered for the IELTS 2022 exam from the test centre will not be able to receive the results through phone, email, or fax

IELTS Test Report Form (TRF)

The Test Report Form includes the candidate’s band scores for all the sections Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and overall band scores. Also, there is an equal weightage given to each of the sections.

There are two kinds of test reports:

  • Personal Test Report Form
  • Institutional Test Report Form

Personal Test Report Form

Candidates will receive a Test Report Form (TRF) that will report a score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking), as well as an overall band score. Also, it is important to keep the copy of the Test Report Form safe as candidates won’t receive another one. The students will receive a TRF scorecard through Courier/ Speed post. Students get the tracking number through SMS once it is out for delivery. It can take up to 10 days to receive the scores from the date of the declaration of the result.

Institutional Test Report Form

While registering for the IELTS exam, students have the option to send the Score Report up to five colleges/universities for free. Also, students can also request for more Score Reports other than the five free Score Reports which they booked at the time of registration. For this, students need to fill the Additional Test Report Form and give proper addresses of the colleges/universities where they want to apply. The Additional Test Reports will be sent directly to the colleges or universities asked by the candidate.

Additional Score Report

Apart from this, candidates can also opt for paid services for sending additional score reports to the universities anytime during the validity of the Test Report Form. Score reports can be transmitted through the following modes:

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  • Electronic: Candidates are charged INR 250 per University. The universities/institutions that have subscribed to the electronic download of scores (STED RO) will get the results electronically.
  • International Courier: Candidates have to pay INR 1250 per address. Generally, the courier service takes approximately 4 days to deliver the score report to a university. The tracking number is shared with the candidates through SMS.
  • By Post: Candidates need to pay INR 250 per address. It takes approximately two weeks to deliver the score report through Air Mail. Further, the tracking number is not shared for this service.

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