We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance.
You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.
IELTS results online and by post
You’ll be able to preview your results online, 13 days after the main test day.
Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) will be posted to you 13 days after the date of the main test day.
Please note that only candidates with contact addresses outside Lagos will receive their results via courier. Candidates with contact addresses within Lagos will be required to collect their results from the British Council Lagos office.
You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax.
Enquiry On Result
If you are not happy with your IELTS score, you can apply for an Enquiry on Results Service (EOR) through the IELTS Administrator at the British Council centre where you sat for your exam. The cost for Standard IELTS remark is NGN15,000 payable by Banker's draft addressed to British Council. You will also need to fill the EOR form at our office (available in the Downloads section below) and submit your original Test Report Form.
This procedure takes two to four weeks from the date your scripts are received by the Senior Examiners in the UK.
If your score increases after the EOR you will receive a new Test Report Form and the EOR cost will be refunded. Therefore, keep your payment receipt with care as this is required to give a refund. If your score remains the same original Test Report Form will be returned to you.
Please note that there is no appeal after this remark. The decision is final. During the period of re-marking, the test results are frozen and cannot be used to apply for a university placement or be sent to an immigration authority.
Test Report Forms (TRF)
You will receive one copy of your personal Test Report Form. Unfortunately, replacements cannot be issued if you lose it.
The British Council will provide an additional original test report form (TRF) only to candidates who are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA). Proof of application to CIC and UKBA must be provided.
As tangible proof can only be provided late in the application process, candidates are advised to use their personal copy to start off the application process.
Once the proof is generated from CIC or World Education Services (WES) by means of a reference number and application confirmation receipt, the British Council will provide the subsequent original result. When you have attained tangible proof, please download the application form. You will need to submit the completed form and supporting documents (proof of application) at the British Council test centre where you took your test.
Test Report Forms for institutions
We can also arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.) free of charge within 30 days of your test date via ordinary post. If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you register, or download the Application for additional TRFs form, complete and submit to your local British Council office.
Please download the list of 'subscribing to electronic download recognising organisations' STEDROs in the Downloads section.
Do you wish to send extra copies of your Test Report Form to Institutions/Organisations? Please complete the extra TRF online request application.
For TRFs to be sent outside of the 30 days, you will have to pay for the mailing charges:
Ordinary Post (can be paid for in cash): N2000
Courier (must be paid for with Bank drafts payable to British Council)
Our international mailing charges are as follows:
- Australia, Asia & New Zealand: N13,000
- Ireland & UK: N7,500
- Ghana: N8,000
- Middle East & Eastern Europe: N12,000
- West Africa, Finland & Rest of Europe: N9,000
- Rest of Africa: N11,500
- USA & Canada: N10,000
- South Africa: N11, 000
- Trinidad and Tobago: N14, 270
Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies of your Test Report Form will not be accepted.
If the addresses of the institutions were entered incorrectly when you registered you can change them by requesting a change of address form.
Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores 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. Alternatively, the organisation is able to register for the E-Download service, in which they are sent the test results electronically. You can download results in bulk as an XML or a CSV file.
If you currently have access to the TRF Verification Service, then it is a simple process to activate E-Download. If you do not currently have access to the TRF Verification Service, please request this at https://ielts.ucles.org.uk/ielts-trf/index.jsp
If an institution would like to sign up for the E-Download service, please request by sending an email to email@example.com
Uncollected certificate (TRF): Candidates should inform the British Council well in advance for the collection of their results that are more than two months old
The validity period of your Test Report Form
Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. After this time you will need to provide them with evidence that you have maintained or improved your English since taking the test.
Understand your IELTS scores
IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine-band system.
Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
How to query your score
It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have remarked.
There is a fee for the Enquiry on Results service, which will be refunded should your overall score change as a result of the re-marking. The Enquiry on Results Service can take up to eight weeks to complete. Please contact us for further information about how the service works.
Can I re-take the test?
You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.
Notice to applicants
- *Due to technical issues relating to online payment for IELTS test, we encourage candidates to pay offline for Standard IELTS, IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills test via bank draft raised in favour of British Council from any Nigerian bank.
- IELTS results can only be collected on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Candidates in Port Harcourt can only collect their results on Wednesdays. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
- Candidates are expected to upload a copy of the bio-data pages of their international passport into the system at the point of registering for the test. We will not process registration if candidates have failed to upload their international passport. Also, note that we will not accept international passport sent via email.
- Some banks may charge various fees for online card transactions, we strongly advise that you check the policy of your relevant card issuing authority or check with your bank before proceeding with online payment. British Council does not charge/receive more than the required amount for the test.
- Test fee payment of NGN 75,000 is to be made by bank draft to British Council.