When will I get my IELTS results?

If you have taken the IELTS on paper test, you will be able to preview your results after 13 calendar days from the test date. If you have taken the IELTS on computer test, you will be able to preview your results after 3 to 5 calendar days from the test date.

You can log in to the Test Taker Portal to preview your results. 

If you lose your Test Report Form or forget your test results, please contact the British Council.

When will I get a physical copy of my result?

We will send out a paper copy of your IELTS test score, the Test Report Form (TRF), via courier 13 days after the test date for a IELTS on paper test.

IELTS results will not be disclosed over the phone or through email.

We’ll send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to.

We can send up to five additional copies of your TRF directly to institutions you are applying to (for instance universities, immigration officers, etc.) If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you book your test.

If you have taken IELTS on computer, you will receive your results electronically only. You can download the electronic version (eTRF) from the Test Taker portal 3-6 days after your test. You can print your electronic Test Report Form (eTRF) to send it to the organisations you are applying to, or you can send it via email. Alternatively, you can send your results direct to the organisation through the Test Taker portal.

Please do not forget to give the full postal address of the institution. Without the complete address, we are not able to check whether the institution has access to the IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service that allows it to view your results after we have submitted them electronically. In case they do not access this service, we will send your TRF by post.

Institutions may be able to view your score through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this, they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.

Can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?

We can send additional copies of your Test Report Form (TRF) to institutions you are applying to (i.e.: Educational institutions or Immigration offices) either electronically or by courier. 


This service is for IELTS test takers who meet the following criteria:

  • Test takers who have taken an IELTS test with British Council in UAE
  • Test takers who have a valid test score
  • Test date is less than two years from the date of completion of your request

TRFs sent electronically – We can send copies of your TRF electronically, free of charge, to universities/institutions that have subscribed to the electronic download of scores (STED RO). Please login to your test taker portal and apply to have your result sent to the university/institute electronically from the result section. 

TRFs sent by courier – We can send copies of your TRF to universities/institutions within or outside the UAE. 

Fees (per additional TRF):

Type of Request Domestic Courier Fee International Courier Fee Extra TRF Fee
1st five additional TRF requests AED 90 AED 145 Not applicable
6th additional TRF request onwards AED 90 AED 145 AED 60

 Please download the form and submit it to any of the British Council offices in the UAE.

What does my IELTS score mean?

You will be awarded an IELTS band score from 0-9 for each test section, which reflects your proficiency in English.

Your TRF shows a score for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), as well as an overall band score. You can score whole band scores (for example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half band scores (e.g. 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in each section of the test.

Find out more about how your score is calculated here.

Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

How long are my IELTS results valid for?

Whether you have taken IELTS on paper or computer, organisations will usually not accept your results if they are more than two years old, unless you provide evidence that you have actively maintained or tried to improve your English since taking the test. The IELTS Partners cannot confirm the validity of test results that are more than two years old.

How can I get my IELTS test re-marked?

If you did not receive the score you expected, you can apply for your test to be re-marked. This is called an Enquiry on Results (EOR). You can choose which test sections you want to be re-marked and will need to request this at the British Council offices.

The fee for this service is AED 450, which will be refunded if your score is increased for any section of the test.

You need to apply for a re-marking no later than six weeks after the test date, regardless of whether you have taken IELTS on paper or computer.

You can submit an Enquiry on Results online from the Test Taker Portal. Alternatively, you can download the Enquiry on Results Form in the download section below and submit it to the British Council office by email or in person. Make sure you attach your proof of payment.

The outcome of Enquiry of Results (EORs) can become available on the same day as your application and up to 21 days after your application. The time it takes depends on several factors, including the number of sections you’ve asked us to remark.

Can I re-take my IELTS test?

There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. You can book a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.

Please note that your score is unlikely to increase unless you make a significant effort to improve your English before re-taking the test. Visit our preparation section to take a practice test and assess your level.