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After the hard work and anticipation, receiving your IELTS results is a moment of truth. Whether you've taken the test on a computer or opted for the version on paper, we'll outline how to access your results.

In this section, we'll guide you through the process of accessing your results and understanding what they mean. Find everything you need to know about your IELTS results. Learn about the band scores, what examiners look for and how to request a remark.

Understanding your IELTS test results

The IELTS test results are reported as band scores which range from a band 0 to a band 9, with each band corresponding to a level of English-language proficiency. Each of these nine bands indicates a specific level of proficiency in English, from non-user to expert user. They help in assessing where you stand in terms of your English language skills, which is vital for academic and professional settings.

Along with your overall band score, you will also receive individual scores for each section of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. These scores reflect your English-language proficiency and are crucial for your academic or professional journey.

Learn more about the IELTS band scores

How to check IELTS results for test-takers in Malaysia

If you're eagerly awaiting your IELTS results in Malaysia, rest assured the process is straightforward. Here's how you can access your scores:

  • IELTS on Computer test: For those who opted for the computer-based IELTS, the wait is relatively short. Your results will typically be available within just 3 to 5 days after completing the test. 

  • IELTS on Paper test: If you took the traditional paper-based IELTS, your results will take a bit longer. Expect to receive your scores 13 days after your test date. 

Regardless of the format you chose, IDP IELTS ensures that getting your results are easy. You can check your results online through the official IDP IELTS website. 

It's important to have your IELTS Reference Number handy, which you would have received on the day of your test. This number is crucial for logging in and viewing your scores.

Sharing your IELTS test results with institutions

When it comes to sharing your IELTS achievements with universities, employers, or other organisations, the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is your key document. The TRF is an official confirmation of your test result and is widely recognised as proof of your English language proficiency. It details your overall band score and individual scores in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking sections.

Sharing your IELTS scores with institutions is straightforward. You can request that additional copies of your TRF be sent directly to the universities, organisations, or immigration bodies you're applying to. This process can usually be done at the time of your test registration or shortly after receiving your results.

For a quicker and more convenient process, the IELTS eTRF – a digital version of the IELTS TRF – is an excellent option. You can simply forward the eTRF to the relevant institutions. 

Enquiry on IELTS test results

It's natural to expect a certain IELTS test result score, and sometimes, the outcome may not match your expectations. In such cases,  you can request a remark (Enquiry on Results). This must be done within six weeks of your test date. The reassessment process can take anywhere from 2 to 21 days. If there's a change in your scores post-remark, the fee for the Enquiry on Results will be refunded.

Maintaining the validity of your IELTS test results

Generally, IELTS results are considered valid for two years from the test date. This period is recognised by most educational institutions, employers, and immigration authorities worldwide. It's important to plan your applications and submissions within this timeframe to ensure that your IELTS results are accepted.

To maintain or even improve your English proficiency beyond the validity period of your IELTS results, continuous practice and exposure to the language are key. Here are some tips to keep your English skills sharp:

  • Regular practice: Engage in regular reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English. This could involve reading English books or articles, writing essays, practising conversation with native speakers, and listening to English podcasts or watching English-language media. Also spend time taking IELTS practice tests to familiarise yourself with the test format and questions. 

  • Continued learning: Consider enrolling in advanced English courses or workshops. Continuous learning will not only maintain your language proficiency but also enhance it.

  • Stay updated: Language evolves, and so does the IELTS test format. Staying informed about any changes in the IELTS exam pattern or criteria can be beneficial if you plan to retake the test.

Your IELTS score reflects your proficiency at a certain point in time. To ensure that your language skills remain relevant and strong, continuous practice and engagement with the language are essential, whether for further studies, professional growth, or migration.

IELTS retake policy

For those looking to improve their IELTS scores, understanding the retake policy is crucial. If you're not satisfied with your IELTS score, you have the option to retake the entire test. 

There are no restrictions on when you can retake the test. You can book your next test as soon as you feel ready. However, it’s recommended to take some time to prepare and improve your skills before attempting the test again. Explore our guide on how to prepare for the IELTS to take steps towards achieving your desired test results.

IELTS One Skill Retake

The IELTS One Skill Retake option is designed for those who wish to improve their performance in one of the four test components – Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking. Eligible candidates who have completed a full IELTS on computer test at a participating centre can retake one skill within 60 days of their original test. The retake is limited to once per full test, and test-takers will receive a new Test Report Form with their updated score along with the results from their original test.

Frequently asked questions about IELTS test results

How long will it take to receive my IELTS test results?

For the IELTS on computer test, results are typically available within 3 to 5 days after the test. For the IELTS on paper test, results are available 13 days post-test.

Can I check my IELTS test results online?

Yes, you can check your IELTS test results online. It will be available online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.

How can I get copies of my Test Report Form if my university application requires an original hard copy?

When you register for the IELTS test, you can request up to five additional copies of your Test Report Form to be sent directly to universities, embassies, consulates, etc. If you need more copies, you can request these from the test centre where you took the test, although there may be a small fee.