Scoring in IELTS

After the completion of your IELTS Exam, you will receive IELTS scores for each for the four sections on a band of 1 – 9. Along with that, you will also get an overall band score. See the scoring pattern below to understand how your IELTS score will be calculated.

BandSkill LevelMeaning

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

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

Band 0

Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided

IELTS Result

After you are done with your IELTS exam, your result will be available after 13 days from test date. The result will be issued in Test Report Form (TRF) format, and you will receive only one TRF. The TRF shows your scores in all four section: reading, listening, writing and speaking, along with your overall band. All five scores are given on a 9-Band scale.

Provisional Online Result
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 result will be available to view online only for 28 days.

Enquiry on Result

Enquiry on Result (EoR) means having your IELTS test re-marked. For that, EoR must be applied within 6 weeks of the test date. You can choose to remark only one section or all of the sections. You must download and complete the EoR form, submit your original TRF and pay an enquiry fee. The whole process of getting scores re-marked will take additional 6-8 weeks to process.

Note that if your result ends up getting marked upward, you will receive a full refund of the enquiry fee and a new TRF. You can apply for five extra copies of the TRF to be sent to receiving college/universities free of charge. But if your result remains unchanged, no refund will be issued.


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