Learn why your IELTS results are withheld and what you can do about it.
Why your IELTS results are withheld
When you apply for your IELTS test and fill in the application form, you will find the terms and conditions attached to the form. You should read these terms and conditions very carefully because you will find three points which explain that your results may be withheld or cancelled.
IELTS Terms and Conditions: Withholding Results
The following points can be found on your IELTS application form under the terms and conditions:
- Your result may not be issued 13 days after the test if the IELTS Test Partners decide that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test or the administration of your test. To assist any investigation, you may be required to provide writing and speaking samples. In exceptional circumstances you may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.
The above point explains that you may not get your results after 13 days because IELTS want to check them more carefully. There are two main reasons given: 1) they want to check your test again 2) they are doing quality control checks on how the test is managed.
- Your result may be cancelled after it has been issued if any irregularity is identified. You may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.
This means that if there are any problems with your test, your results might be cancelled and you might need to take your test again or part of your test again. An “irregularity” means that something occurred relating to your test or how it was managed which was not usual or acceptable.
- If any of the data on the Test Report Form provided by you or your agent to Recognising Organisations has been altered in any way, your original test result may be cancelled.
This point shows that if any information you give has been altered, your result might be cancelled. So, be careful about providing the right information and only use reputable agents.
You now see that IELTS have the right to withhold or cancel your results for certain reasons, usually for analysing and quality checking.
When you sign your application form, you also agree that you accept a possible delay in results. Your signature is agreeing to the terms and conditions above.
IELTS will email you if your results are withheld or cancelled. If you don’t get this email, check your spam folder or contact your test center.
What can you do about it?
If your results have been delayed, you just need to wait and be patient.
Your results will arrive but there is no fixed time limit. Some students receive their results within just one week or a couple of weeks. However, for others, it might be longer – a month or even 3 months.
Can you take your test again? Sure you can. See below for advice:
Taking your Test Again
If you don’t want to wait, you can take your test again.
When you take more than one test, you can choose which results to use. You can choose to use the highest results. So, it won’t matter that you end up with two sets of results – just choose the best one to use for your future.
Booking your Test in Advance
When you decide the date for your IELTS test make sure you have a few months before your actual deadline because your results might not arrive after 13 days.
Give yourself lots of time to prepare for IELTS and to get your results!!
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