Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Not sure which IELTS test to take? We can help! 
There are different types of IELTS tests you can take. IELTS can help you move around the world, get the job you’ve always wanted or just demonstrate that you have improved your English. The test you should choose depends on what you want to do.
Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organizations you are applying to. You can choose how you take IELTS:
Find the right test.

Take your IELTS Academic test

Take IELTS if you want to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the world, or if you want to work in a professional organization in an English speaking country.

Take your IELTS General Training test

Take IELTS General Training to study at below degree level, work in an English speaking country or your own country and immigrate to an English speaking country.

Looking to work or study in the UK?

There is a specific IELTS test for UK visas and immigration. If you are looking to work, study or live in the UK then you may need to take this test.

How long is an IELTS score valid?

IELTS test is not recommended for candidates under 16 years.

The passport number can be changed only up to 2 days prior to the exam date. The request has to be emailed to info@britishcouncil.org.pkIf the change is requested within 1 day of the exam date, the candidate may not be able to take the exam on the registered exam date

You can use the CNIC/passport if it is still valid and in your physical possession as on the date of your IELTS Test dates (LRW and Speaking). If validity has expired, you will need to reschedule your IELTS Exam as the CNIC/passport is the only valid form of ID accepted for IELTS.

It is our endeavour to offer the speaking slot chosen by the candidate, however given the current COVID situation, there is a possibility of the speaking time slot chosen by the candidates not being available. Details of the test (venue, date, and time) are sent to the candidates 2-3 days prior to the test date on the registered email address and mobile number.

You will receive an email and SMS at your registered email ID and mobile number confirming your venue details and schedule of your IELTS, 2-3 days prior to the exam date.

You can raise a complaint on the test day, a written statement is to be recorded and handed over to the supervisor on the Candidate Complaint/Feedback Form. For any complaint raised after the exam session, while the concern will be recorded and considered for future reference, but the candidate will not be accommodated for any claim.

We ensure to deliver an excellent test day experience to our test-takers across the globe, however, you are welcome to share your suggestions/concerns with us by writing at info@britishcouncil.org.pk.

Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. A transparent water bottle is allowed without labels. You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor.

IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine. For information on marking please click here.

Pen and paper-based IELTS (PB IELTS): Results will be available online on the 13th day after the test date.

Computer-delivered IELTS (CD IELTS): Results will be available online within 3-5 days after the test date. 

 UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI): Results will be available online on the 13th day after the test date.

CD UKVI and Life Skills: Results will be available online on the 7th day after the test date.

Please allow at least 7 working days for the delivery (in case of a failed delivery we will contact you for correction/confirmation of address and resend the TRF within these 7 working days) please make sure to provide a local complete and valid address for timely delivery. For international addresses, kindly refer to our pricing policy for the fee structure.

If your result has been released, you will receive the TRF at your registered address within 7 working days, provided it was a complete courier accessible address. In case, you have not received it, please write to us at info@britishcouncil.org.pk mentioning your IELTS registration number.

In the event a registered candidate fails to appear for their IELTS test, he/she is termed as absent and no refund is applicable to the candidate.

If you are unable to appear due to a medical/emergency condition, please inform prior to the test date with evidence for us to consider your application for transfer/refund. Deductions are applicable as per taxes.

We can send up to five free additional copies of your TRF directly to receiving organizations (viz. universities, immigration offices, etc) you are applying to. If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you book your test. These free TRF copies will be sent to the receiving organizations (RO) in 7 working days after the result declaration date and you will be notified via an SMS. For more information on Additional Test Report Forms (ATRF) and applicable fees, please refer to our pricing policy.

Candidates are entitled to only one copy of the Test Report Form. You can avail another copy of the TRF if you have applied for Canadian Immigration and Citizenship and can provide us with the relevant documents. Please email your request with relevant documents at info@britishcouncil.org.pk

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.

Please click here for information related to Enquiry on Results (EOR) Fee and process.

Yes, the exam can be transferred to a later available date. Please click here to refer to our IELTS Test Day Transfer Policy.

Yes, you can change from a paper-based IELTS test to a computer-delivered test now. Please write to info@britishcouncil.org.pkwith your IELTS Registration number, passport number, city, current test date, and your preferred test date for Computer-delivered IELTS.

Visit IELTS Preparation for more tools, materials, tips, and workshops to better equip yourself for your test.

Your IELTS result is valid for two years starting from the date of your exam. Your valid TRF can be used for Visa applications.

You can request for another copy of your IELTS results up-to 5, however please refer to our pricing policy for the free structure. Charges are applicable.

However, copies of your original valid IELTS results can be sent to recognizing international agencies/organizations for appropriate purposes. You have to pay a fee certain fee please refer to our pricing policy for the free structure.

You can request for another copy of your IELTS results up-to 5, however please refer to our pricing policy for the free structure. Charges are applicable.

However, copies of your original valid IELTS results can be sent to recognizing international agencies/organizations for appropriate purposes. You have to pay a fee certain fee please refer to our pricing policy for the free structure.

If your query is not mentioned above, please feel free to reach us at info@britishcouncil.org.pk

You can log in to the Test TakerPortal to preview your resultsIELTS Results remain online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.

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

If you have taken IELTS on a computer, you will be able to preview your results after 3 to 5 calendar days from the test date.