IELTS | Institutions - Test scores


How is the IELTS test marked?

IELTS uses a unique 9-point scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. Candidates receive scores for each language skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and an overall band score.


When do candidates receive their test scores?

Candidates' Test Report Form is posted to them 13 calendar days after the test date.


For how long is an IELTS test score valid?

IELTS scores have a recommended two year validity period.


How can I verify the test results a candidate supplies me?

The TRF Verification Service gives institutions access to a secure database through which candidates’ results can be checked for authenticity. The TRF Verification Service is designed to provide yet another safeguard to supplement the sophisticated features built into the IELTS Test Report Form.


> Download the TRF Verification Service brochure (PDF, 429KB) or visit the TRF Verification Service section for more information.

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