When will I get my IELTS results?

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

You can preview your results on the Test Taker Portal. Depending on which IELTS test you have taken, you will get your results as shown below: 

Test Time
IELTS on paper 13 days
IELTS on computer 1-5 days
IELTS Online Between 6 – 8 calendar days
IELTS for UKVI on paper 13 days
IELTS for UKVI on computer 1-5 days
IELTS Life Skills 7 days

Your results will be available to view online after they are released, but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance. Please note that if you have taken IELTS for UKVI, you will be able to preview your results, only when you receive an email with the link to the system. 

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?

If you have taken IELTS on paper, we will send out a paper copy of your IELTS test score the Test Report Form (TRF), via mail delivery 13 days after the test date. Please allow at least seven working days for the delivery.

If you have taken IELTS on computer, you will receive your results electronically only. You can download the electronic version (eTRF) from the Test Taker portal 1-5 days after your test. We will not issue an additional paper Test Report Forms. You can print your electronic Test Report Form (eTRF) to send it to the organisations you are applying to, or you can send it via email. Alternatively, you can send your results direct to the organization through the Test Taker portal.

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

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. (Not applicable for IELTS Online)

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 free of charge 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 on the Test taker portal within two years of taking the test.

If you have ordered less than five copies when you booked your Computer Delivered IELTS test but need more copies, you can order additional copies through the Test Taker Portal free of charge, anytime up to two years after your test date. The same applies to those who booked to take their Paper-based IELTS test after 1 December 2020.

If you have taken IELTS Online, you will receive your results electronically only, but you can print your electronic Test Result Form to send it to the organisations you are applying to.

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 5,000 Ft per copy and the postal fee to send another copy via courier. This process applies to both Paper Based and Computer Delivered IELTS.

You will need to provide the institution’s address and fill in the Application for Additional Test Report Form. 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.

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. 

The fee for this service is 35 000 Ft, 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 IELTS on Paper IELTS on Computer.

You can submit an Enquiry on Results online from the Test Taker Portal

The outcome of Enquiry of Results (EORs) can become available on the same day as your application and up to 21 days after your application. The time it takes depends on several factors, including the number of sections you’ve asked us to re-mark. If you have not received a response after 21 days, please contact customer services

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.

Nationalisation

After having taken the IELTS test, you will receive a Test Report Form (TRF). You may wish to nationalise your TRF to obtain a certificate that is valid within Hungary as well as abroad. The nationalised certificate has no expiry date, however, the original TRF is accepted for two years. We suggest you get in touch with the institution you wish to study in to obtain detailed information on entry requirements. 

If you wish to nationalise your IELTS certificate, please submit your claim through the Educational Authority Accreditation Centre for Foreign Language Examinations.

You can find all the necessary information about the process here. The nationalisation process takes at least 3 weeks. 

The Hungarian certificate (A4 paper-based certificate attached to the original certificate) will enable candidates to:

  • earn extra points when applying for a state university (the number of extra points depend on your results, please see below for equivalence chart)
  • prove their language skills when applying for a job
  • obtain university diplomas.

IELTS and the Common European Framework of Reference

IELTS is recognized by the Council of Europe. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility.

CEFR level IELTS score range
Pre-intermediate (A2) 2.5-3.5
Intermediate (B1) 4.0-5.0
Upper-intermediate (B2) 5.5-6.5
Advanced (C1) 7.0-8.0
Proficiency (C2) * 8.5-9.0

* Please note that under the Hungarian system there is no C2 level, therefore all IELTS nationalisation above the range of 7.0 will yield a C1 Hungarian equivalent.