Updated on - November 13th 2019 by Piyush Bhartiya


IELTS 2019 Result and Score


Skill Level


Band 9

Expert user

English language is appropriate, accurate, fluent and shows complete understanding.

Band 8

Very good user

Have full operational command of the language and can handle complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7

Good user

Have an operational command of the language. Can handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

Band 6

Competent user

Have an effective command of the language. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5

Modest user

Have a partial command of the language and cope with overall meaning in most situations. Likely to make many mistakes.

Band 4

Limited User

Shows frequent problems in understanding and expression. Not able to use complex language.

Band 3

Extremely limited user

Can convey and understand the only general meaning in familiar situations.

Band 2

Intermittent user

Have great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1


Have no ability to use the language except a few words.

Band 0

Did not attempt the test

Did not attempt the test.


IELTS 2019 Result

The candidates can check their results online or through SMS. The results are likely to be out after 13 days after you appeared for the exam. The score is mailed or messaged to you by the Administration. The test centers also send your score to the five institutions that too free of charge. The candidates can now apply for different universities through their score.  

Online Results

For checking the results online the candidates will have to log in to the British Council website. Then select the option 'Take an exam' under which they have to select the IELTS. Then on the next page has to select 'Preview your results online'. In the next page, the candidate has to fill details like the test date, date of birth, identification document number and candidate number and then select the 'Find' option. Once the given details are verified the candidate can see his/her results.


Results through SMS

Applicants who wish to get their results through SMS have to send the following code to 9289892898 from any mobile number after 12 PM (IST) on the respective result days. The format in which the message has to be sent is RESULT<space>Candidate No. <Space>Passport No. The applicant will receive a text message with their results/scores once he/she sends the above details. The scores will also be sent to the five universities which the applicant had selected during the registration of the test.


How to Calculate the IELTS Score?

In the IELTS test, the applicants will get a band score for each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking). The IELTS scores are calculated by taking the mean of the total of the four individual sectional scores. The band scores are considered in the nearest whole or half band.  For instance, if the average across the four sections is in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it is in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Test Report Form (TRF)

The Test Report Form (TRF) shows the test scores for all the four skills-speaking, listening, reading and writing, along with the overall band score. It is printed 13 days after the test and is available in two kinds.

Personal Test Report Form: All applicants will receive their test report forms. It will contain their score obtained for each skill as well as the overall band score. Each applicant will get only 1 copy. The scorecard will be sent through Courier or Speed post which usually takes up to 10 days to get delivered. Examines will also be able to track the delivery of the TRF form through a shipment tracking number.

Institutional Test Report Form: The TRF will be sent to the 5 universities selected by the test taker at the time of registration for IELTS. The results will be sent online if the university has access to the IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service. In case, if this service is not available at the university the scores will be sent by post.  Candidates can opt for paid services for additional TRFs to be sent to the university anytime during the validity of the TRF.  


Enquiry on Result (EoR)

It is very unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking of any candidate. But still, if a candidate did not receive the score he/ she expected, he/ she can apply for the test to be re-marked. This is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR). Candidate can choose which test sections he /she wants to be re-marked and will need to apply for the re-marking no later than six weeks after the test date. The fee for the Enquiry on Results service is INR 6500, which will be refunded if the candidate’s scores change as a result of the re-marking. Candidate’s result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for remark.


Check Result

British council

Visit the official British Council website or check the link below. Click on, 'Take an exam' under which click 'IELTS On the right-hand side of the page, click on the tab, 'Your Results'.The next page there is an option 'Preview your results online click 'Preview your results online', the next page fills in details like the test date, date of birth, identification document number and candidate number for verification. Once information is filled, click 'Find'.


Go the official website.

Login using your credentials.

After submitting the details, you can access your results.


All IELTS scores are between 0 to 9. The candidate will get a band score for each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and also an overall band score. The overall band score is the average score of all the skills in the examination. The results will be available 13 days after taking the examination. The IELTS score is valid for 2 years.



1. How are the tests marked?

The test is within bands starting from 0 to  9. This 9 band scoring pattern is used for assessing the IELTS sections. Each section is also marked on this scale. The overall score is the mean of the band scores achieved in each of the sections.

2. What is the pass/ fail mark in IELTS?

There is no passing or failing marks for IELTs. The band scores judge your competence in English fluency. You get scores for each section of the ielts exam and the average is calculated from the four sections to give an overall ielts score.

3. When will I get my IELTS result?

The ielts results are declared 13 days after you have given the test. These test results are delivered to the test centers. You can collect it from there or check it online.

4. Can the results be mailed to me?

The results can be couriered to your place 13 days after the results are out. However, while registering you have to request for the postal courier service.

5. Can the results be received over SMS?

Yes, the results can be received over SMS. The candidates have to use the SMS option by entering their candidate number and passport number to 9289892898 from any cellular number.

6. Can the results be checked online?

The results can also be checked online by the British Council website. You have to fill up the details by going to their website.

7. If I withdraw from the speaking test can I still get the Test Result Form (TRF)?

You will not be issued a test report form from the IELTS administrator if you do not appear at the test center. If you still want to withdraw, then you have to appear at the test center and fulfill all the test formalities

8. For how long the IELTS test result is valid?

The IELTS test report form is valid for two years. So are the IELTS scores. Post that you have to take your test again.

9. What can I do if I am not satisfied with my results?

If you are not happy with your IELTS results, you can issue an inquiry on results within 6 weeks from the date of taking the test. You have to pay a fee which will be fully refunded if your band scores change.

10. What if I feel my test result is wrong?

If you feel your test scores are wrong you can issue an inquiry on results six weeks from the date when the test was taken. You have to pay a nominal fee which would be refunded if your test scores are altered

11. I have taken the IELTS test twice and my previous score was higher. Can I use it?

You can take the IELTS as many times as possible. However, the ielts scores are only valid for two years.

12. I have taken IELTS exam twice. Can I combine/club scores from both exams?

Combining the test scores from two tests are not allowed. You can submit either of the test scores where you have got a higher band score.

13. How many copies of my Test Report Form I will get?

You are just issued one copy of the test report form. There are no duplicates issued if there is a loss or damage of the original copy. You have to keep it secure.

14. What can I do if I lose my Test Report Form?

Only one original copy is given. The ielts center sends five copies without charge to the institutes you have applied for. You need to keep the original safe.

15. How is IELTS scored?

The IELTS has four sections. In each section, you are scored between the bands from 0 to 9. Each band score gives a picture of the candidate’s fluency over the language. The band score of nine suggests an expert user and the band score 0 suggests that the candidate has not attempted the test.

16. When will a candidate receive IELTS test skill results?

If you have taken the paper-based test, you will be able to preview your results by 12:00 noon after 13 calendar days from the test date.

If you have taken the computer-based test, you will be able to preview your results after five to seven calendar days from the test date.

17. Can we change the IELTS?

 No, you cannot change your IELTS score but you can change the IELTS exam date.

18. What is the test result format?

Your Test Report Form will show the IELTS scores you achieved on each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It also contains your band score, which is the overall average of all your test results.

19. What are the best scores in IELTS?

The highest score can be achieved 9. SO Obviously 9 bands are considered as the best score. But Overall 7 bands with no less than 6.5 in any module is good for everywhere.

20. Are the results of academic and general different?

Perhaps the biggest difference between these two versions of the test is the way that they've scored. Granted, IELTS Listening, Speaking, and Writing are scored the same way on both exams. But IELTS Reading, which represents a full 25% of your score, is rated very differently on IELTS academic vs. IELTS general training.


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