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When will I get my IELTS results?

You won’t have to wait long for your IELTS test results.

You can log in to the Test Taker Portal to preview your results. IELTS Results remain online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance. ‘Please note that if you have taken IELTS for UKVI, the results cannot be viewed online.’

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

If you have taken the computer-delivered test, you will be able to preview your results after 5 to 7 calendar days from the test date. Check your results on the Test Taker Portal

If you lose your Test Report Form or forget your test results, please contact your test centre.

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 delivery thirteen days after the test date for the paper-based test, and five to seven days after a computer-delivered test. Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery.

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

Please note that only candidates with contact addresses outside Lagos/Abuja/Port Harcourt/Kano will receive their results via courier and candidates with contact addresses within these locations will be required to collect their results from the corresponding British Council office.

Results are issued to candidates on Mondays - Tuesdays 8:00 am - 3:30 pm and Fridays 8:00 am - 12 noon only, in Lagos and Abuja offices.  While results are issued to candidates on Wednesdays and Thursdays only between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Port Harcourt office.

We’ll send your Test Report Form (TRF) directly to the institutions you’re applying to, whether you have taken a computer-delivered or a paper-based test.

Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies will not be accepted.

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.

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.

Can I get additional copies of my IELTS results?

If you want us to send another copy of your TRF to a recognising organisation in addition to the five copies we provide, you will need to pay an administration fee of:

To send it via regular post (can be paid for in cash): N2150 per copy

To send to international destinations via courier (must be paid for with bank drafts payable to British Council Trading Services (Nigeria) Limited):

Our international mailing charges are as follows:

  • Australia, Asia & New Zealand: N13,975
  • Ireland & UK:  N8,062.50
  • Ghana: N8,600
  • Middle East & Eastern Europe: N12,900
  • West Africa, Finland & Rest of Europe: N9,675
  • Rest of Africa: N12,362.50
  • USA & Canada: N10,750
  • South Africa: N11,825
  • Trinidad and Tobago: N8,062.50

This process applies to both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS.

If your test centre has been closed, you can order additional test report forms from (

You will need to provide the institution’s address and fill in the “Application for Additional Test Report Form”. Attach a photocopy of your IELTS test result and passport to the application form and courier this to us at your local British Council office. We will then send the TRF directly to the institution.

Please note that an additional Test Report Form takes around 10 days to be processed.

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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 what your score means here

How long are my IELTS results valid for?

Whether you have taken paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS, 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 test centre where you sat the test.

The fee for this service is NGN15,000 (for IELTS UKVI, the fee is NGN42,277.50) payable by a Bank draft addressed to British Council Trading Services (Nigeria) Limited. You will also need to fill the EOR form at our office (also in the Downloads section below) and submit your original Test Report Form) 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 computer-delivered or paper-based IELTS.

Download the Enquiry on Results Form from the download section below and submit it to the test centre where you sat the test, along with the re-mark fee.

Your result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for a remark. If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact your test centre. 

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 the preparation section to take a practice test and assess your level.