Release of results
IELTS test results are released to candidates 13 days after the test.
A Test Report Form (TRF) showing results will be posted to candidates. The day candidates receive their results will depend on the postal service in their area. In the event that postal delivery is not suitable, candidates must contact email@example.com
Results cannot be given to candidates over the telephone or by fax/email.
Candidates are able to check their results online on the day results are issued. Full details about how to check results online are sent to candidates with their test information pack.
Additional (TRF's) copies of results
Up to 5 copies can also be sent directly to receiving institutions, organisations or employers at no extra charge, if they are detailed on the candidate's application form.
Candidates may apply to the centre where they took the test for further copies of the TRF for a period of 2 years.
Additional copies cannot be given to candidates.
Candidates who require additional copies to be sent to receiving institutions or organisations after their test date must complete an Application for the Issue of Additional TRF's form. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of this form.
There will be an administrative charge for each TRF requested:
- £15.00 per copy sent to an organisation
What is IELTS?
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user, with each module consisting of tasks of ascending levels of difficulty.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council; IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment .
Where and when can I take an IELTS test?
There are currently more that 400 IELTS test centres in over 125 countries world-wide.
Test dates are scheduled throughout the year. The test is available at Cardiff University at least once each month. Please see our test dates page for further information.
Where is the test venue?
The test is held at various locations across the University campus. Candidates are provided with details and a location map approximately two weeks before their test date.
Should I take the academic or general training module?
IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.
The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK. It is also a requirement for some professions in other English-speaking countries.
The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.
What help is available if I have special requirements?
If you require a modified version of the test, for example in Braille, you must give the test centre three months’ notice. This notice period is necessary for the modified version of the test to be prepared. If your circumstances require only special administrative arrangements to be made, such as extra time, you must give the test centre six weeks’ notice.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
How do I apply for a test?
You should apply for a test as soon as possible before the test date by sending:
- a completed application form
- a photocopy of your passport/national ID
- the test fee, £160 from January 2016
On the day of the IELTS test you must present an original passport. Photocopies are not acceptable. You will not be able to sit your exam without a valid passport.
If you are an EU citizen, you may use your National ID card as an alternative to your passport. Please note that this only applies to EU citizens.
When you attend the test you will have to present the same identity document that you used for your application. This is the only form of identity that will be accepted on the test date.
IELTS Test Centre
Deri House, 2-4 Park Grove
Cardiff CF10 3BN
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 9156
How can I get an application form?
- You can download an application form here.
- An application form can be sent to you by post
- You can collect an application form, from the IELTS Office
How can I pay my test fee?
The fee for an IELTS test from January 2016 is £160. Payment can be made as follows:
- by postal order, payable to Cardiff University
- by credit/debit card, please complete the credit/debit card payment form
- by cash, if the application is made in person (cash should not be sent in the post).
Can I cancel my test or transfer to another date?
All requests for cancellation or transfer should be made in writing. Please note the following cancellation and transfer administration fees.
|Cancellation or transfer within 5 weeks of test date
||Full fees forfeited |
|No show on test date
||Full fees forfeited |
|Cancellation or transfer more than 5 weeks before test date
When are the results of the test available?
IELTS results are released 13 calendar days after the test. This means that results are released on the second Friday following a Saturday test and on the second Wednesday following a Thursday test.
Candidates cannot be given their results by telephone, fax or email.
How long are the results valid for?
The results are recommended as valid for two years.
What if I am unhappy with my results?
You may apply to the IELTS Test Centre for an Enquiry on Results. You must do this within four weeks of receiving your results.
The fee for this is £60.00 and you must complete an IELTS Enquiry on Results form.
Please contact us for further information.
What if I need an additional copy of my results?
Results are issued on a Test Report Form (TRF).
Candidates are given one copy of their Test Report Form and this cannot be replaced. Candidates may request (by completing an Application for the Issue of Additional TRF’s form) additional copies to be sent to receiving organisations/institutions.
Up to five copies can be sent to receiving organisations/institutions listed on the application form. Additional copies requested after the test date will be subject to the following administrative fees:
- £15.00 per copy sent to an organisation
How can I prepare for the test?
Candidates are advised to prepare thoroughly for the test.
Some Universities and English Language Schools offer IELTS preparation courses.
There is also a wide range of published preparation materials available from reputable bookshops.
Where can I find more information about IELTS?
For further information about the IELTS test: