More than 10,000 organisations around the world rely on IELTS results as a true reflection of a test taker’s English skills.
Because of this, the IELTS Partners (British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP: IELTS Australia) have a responsibility to you, our test takers, and these organisations to ensure the highest confidence in the accuracy and integrity of test results.
Due to IELTS’ multi-layered approach to results validation, results can be withheld for further analysis after the 13 day period if required.
This analysis is conducted across all IDP Education and British Council IELTS test centres around the world.
Please note, the decision on a result is taken by the IELTS Partners, and does not rest with the local test centre.
Assisting with your deadlines
If you have an approaching deadline we can provide an official letter that you may pass on to IELTS recognising organisations. The letter explains the delay in the release of results as part of IELTS quality and assurance procedures.
To request this letter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following details:
IELTS results can be withheld and analysed to ensure the integrity of the test and fairness to all test takers. These measures are essential to protect the validity of results for the three million test takers that take IELTS every year.
Providing a true and accurate assessment of test takers’ genuine English language capability is a core principle of the IELTS test and the reason why IELTS is such a highly valued and credible assessment amongst test takers and recognising organisations globally. When we say that test results were statistically anomalous, we are unable to guarantee that they are a true reflection of a test taker’s English language skills and thus results are cancelled or withheld permanently.
Yes, you may re-register and re-take the test if you wish to do so.