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IELTS Test Results

IELTS Test Results

Test results are available from IALF just 13 calendar days after the completion of your test.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. You are aiming for the score required for your purpose in taking the test. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1- 9 for each part of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency. IELTS scores have a recommended validity period of two years.

Test results are available 13 calendar days after the completion of your test.

  • You can then preview your IELTS test results online. Click on the graphic to the left to preview your results.
  • Test results can be collected in person from the test centre. To collect the results in person you must bring the identification document (KTP or passport) used when registering for the test. If you do not collect your test results in person, they will be kept at IALF and then destroyed 2 years from the test date.
  • If you cannot collect your test results, you can send someone else to collect them. You must send a photocopy of your document of identification and a letter of authorisation giving permission for someone to collect your results. The person collecting will need to present their own document of identification.
  • Test results can be posted to you by registered mail (free) or by courier (fee incurred).
  • Results can also be sent to up to 5 other Receiving Organizations which include academic institutions, government agencies, professional bodies and employers. Please give details of the Receiving Organizations on the IELTS Application Form. Results may be sent either electronically or by post. There is a fee for results sent internationally or by courier. Results will not be sent to education or migration agents.
  • If you feel that your test results are incorrect*, you can apply for an Enquiry on Results (EOR) within six weeks of your test date.  You will be charged a fee of AUD$160 for your enquiry, which will be refunded in full if your band score changes.

*Note that IELTS markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored.  The testing process has the highest quality control procedures.

Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.

Band 9: Expert user:

has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8: Very good user:

has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7: Good user:

has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6: Competent user:

has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. 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. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4: Limited user:

basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has 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 in communication occur.

Band 2: Intermittent user:

no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1: Non-user:

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

Band 0: Did not attempt the test:

no assessable information

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