Why are My IELTS Results Withheld or Delayed?

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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  1. I took my test in Nov 2, 2017 and i was supposed to receive my result in Nov 15. Unfortunately i didn’t received my result and I contacted British Council Nepal and they informed me that my result is on hold. It’s really frustrating as 2 weeks already passed since the day of my result.
    I received an email mentioning that, “the verification will take about 3-4 weeks in minimum…” . Does that mean i will get my result in 3 or 4 weeks?? Please reply guys if someone has got same email and please suggest me Liz… Please!!!

  2. Hello, I took Ielts exam on 21 Oct 2017 in Vietnam. Until now I have not received the result. Any one has the same problem as me? I need to send ielts result to University but I have no idea about the released date 🙁

  3. I sat Academic IELTS UKVI on november 11th.
    My results were already in as indicated on the email they sent me. However, I cannot see the preview of my scores online. I tried to phone them but unfortunately they weren’t able to give me a proper answer. They keep saying they will forward my issue to the exam department and I have to wait for another two working days. I even haven’t received the hard copy of my test report form yet as their new policy is to ship it to our address and we cannot personally come to the center to get it. I am just so disappointed with British Council (Riyadh)

  4. Hi,
    First of all, I thank Liz for all the guidance provided through the website. It has helped me a lot and I got good score (more than minimum required marks). Particularly, the speaking test tips were good and I practiced with that tips only (that too on the day before speaking test).
    I have taken IELTS on 09-Sep-17 in Hyderabad, India and I supposed to get my result on 22-Sep-17. But to my shock, my result was withheld. I was really worried because I was running short of time and I was given a deadline for joining the university. The worst part is that we don’t even know when the result will come. The customer care (toll free) guys are hopeless. The test center guys can’t help in that. Finally I decided to wait for one more week (till 29th) and if I don’t receive by that time, I will register for PTE which gives result very fast (1-5 days). I even started preparing for PTE. To my surprise, I got the results on 28-Sep-17 (Thursday) and I could only able to see it in http://www.results.ieltsessentials.com (result was NOT showing in http://www.ieltsidpindia.com under candidate login portal). I have got overall 7.5 (university requirement is min. 6.5) , L8.5, R8.0, W6.5 & S7.0. Finally I received my TRF also on today (30-Sep-17). I once again thank Liz ma’am for the good guidance provided.

    • Well done 🙂 The waiting is very frustrating. I hope IELTS will read all these comments are start paying more attention to customer satisfaction.

      • M.V.Arunkumar says:

        Hi Liz,
        I went through your comments. Am the latest to hit tat list. I am Arunkumar. I appeared for the ielts exam at Chennai on Nov 11,2017. My original test result date is Nov, 24. I got an email stating my result is being withheld. I can understand all these terms n conditions put forth by British Council but yet I jus wonder Whether any rubbish things will happen even in IELTS examinations. I appeared for this exam third this year and I have never ever experienced such a professionalism in any of the tests that I have attended before in my life time so far. The Gud thing though is tat I have exceptionally well in my LRW test tis time, may be tis one is also the reason why my result is being withheld. Hard times🤔

  5. Hello, i sat for the IELTS exam on 12th Aug 2017 at Mumbai, India. I was supposed to get the score this afternoon but the website displayed ‘no results found’ whenever i entered my details. I called up the British Council helpdesk and they said that my result has been withheld for quality purposes and they can share my score with me on 1st September after 4pm. I also got an email about half an hour after the phone call which says:

    “Dear Candidate,

    We refer to your IELTS test.

    As part of the quality control procedures designed to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test, test results are routinely analyzed before they are issued to candidates.  

    Unfortunately it was not possible to include all the results from this Centre in the analysis for this test session. These results will be analyzed shortly.

    Please note that it is specified in the declaration signed by candidates on the application form that there may be occasions when it is necessary to issue a result more than 13 days after the test.

    Please accept our apologies for this delay.

    Regards

    IELTS Test Centre Administrator”

    I am confused on what must have gone wrong? I will be missing out on my application for my desired college anyway because of the one week delay but i don’t quite understand what is this about? Can anyone help me to interpret this?

  6. My Ielts results were released by the end of July. I took the exam on the 25th Feb.
    I got my results after more than 5 months!
    L9 R9 W7.5 S7
    Overall 8

  7. my result is not pulling up on web site. Tried everything. Frustrating 🙁

  8. I’ve got my 13th may withheld results a few days back and I’m more than happy!! L 8.5, R 9, S & W 7.5. I don’t know why someone’s results get withheld & somenone’s don’t. But as far as I’m concerned, this was the second time I faced this turbulence but both the times I got good scores Masha Allah. So I’ll just say have patience & if you’ve done nothing wrong, your results will be published. Thanks Liz for all the valuable videos😊

  9. I was waiting fro my result for a long time period. Finally, I received an e-mail. It says The result will not be released and a Test Report Form will not be issued. I’m really frustrated hear this outcome notification. I gave my exam on 13 May 2017 in front of 3 invigilators. They have suspected me as I’ve done some kind of malpractice. This is really unfair and not a professional decision. So, please give me the advice for this matter. I’m really helpless this time as no one give me a better solution. Moreover, my exam center says if you get difference band score between two tests it would be happened. So, How I get to know about my result to practice my poor side of English. Hope your kind attention for this. Thanks….

    • Anthony says:

      I understand you perfectly! I have my result from 13th of May held until 2 weeks ago. It finally came out but I did not get the straight 7 that I was expecting. I had grades high as 8.5 and a overall 7.5, so I decided to forget IELTS after this and move on to PTE Academic. It is a new challenge, but at least I was corrected by a software and the result came out in 24 hours. Good luck next time!

    • I too gave my test on 13 may and still waiting for my results or an update e-mail,I really feel sorry for hearing that your results are permanently withheld.

      The waiting is frustrating and weonly want to know what kind of investigation they do and by whom it’s being done.

      My local test center is closed for a holoday. If anyone has got his results in the past couple days please let me know.

    • When did you gave your test

    • John Vincent says:

      Hey brother, the same has happened with me! Test date was on 13th May 2017. And yesterday i recieved a mail saying i’ve malpractised during the exam.

      • Oyedeji ademola oyewumi says:

        How did they know that you have malpracticed or maybe they have cameras in the exam hall and if which you’re not aware of.

  10. Finally got my results.
    S- 7
    L- 8.5
    R- 8.5
    W- 6.5

    Overall- 7.5

    Long waited and I was expecting overall 8, but happy with this.
    Thanks Liz and I wish everyone will get their results asap.

    • I’m glad for you 🙂 Well done 🙂

    • Well done Amanda.
      I am still waiting for my test results for 6th of May that I have done at Deakin University Melbourne. I contacted test centre and they are unable to assist. It’s very frustrating. I don’t know what to do other than waiting 😔

  11. Finally received an email saying my results from 13thay 2017 have been released. Checked online continuously and not on there. Looks like I will have to wait for a hard copy to be posted. So still waiting on results even though they have been released. Hopefully know very soon.

    • Mitesh M K says:

      Just recd sms from UOWD-Dubai for result of 13/05/17 test (IDP)…

      L:7.5
      R:9
      W:6.5
      S:7

      O.S.: 7.5

      Thank you liz for all the reference material posted on your website,it was a great help and all the best to rest of the candidates awaiting their results.

    • hi …you gave exam through BC or idp?? because I don’t have any update on with held results….mine was idp India…hope to get a good news soon

    • You are lucky.
      No results or update in Oman until now

    • Just got my results oman bc , u need guys ro call and collect the results from the center .. no online results avilable

    • Certificate arrived today. Reading 9, listening 9, writing 8.5, speaking 9.
      Very happy” British Council all is forgiven !!!

      Made me work for it.

      Good luck to all of you that are still left hanging, hope you get a good result.

  12. Have anyone of you from bangladesh received 13th may withheld result or any news about it 🙁

    • Still no updates in Saudi Arabia

      • Ramzan Chaudhary says:

        Still no update for results

        Date: 13 may
        Location: IDP Saudi Arabia

        Received on hold email and still waiting. Anyone got results or received a new update?

        • Hi any news yet from bc Saudi Arabia on the May 13 results. Still expecting mine. It’s June 15th already according to the last email i received.

          • No update from BC Saudi Arabia and the results of 13th May exam are still withheld. Im expecting apologizing email as usual as they are very good in that. Actually, i can not understand why is that delay? Its more than one month and we are still waiting for our results, what are theses type of investigations that take this long period? It is just an exam, or may be they sharing the CIA or the FBI in IELTS scrutiny!!!!!!!!! I hope to receive my results as soon as possible as they said before in their emails.

      • Ramzan Chaudhary says:

        same here, me also appeared in saudi arabia on 13 may and waiting

    • Any news?

  13. Kayceeken says:

    Please has anyone that wrote IEKTS on 25th May be able to check his or her result.mine is displaying no result found and I didn’t get any mail or sms from my test provider centre notifying me of a delay. Please what should I do, I’m worried

  14. Just received my Academic IELTS results for the 13 th of May test in Alexandria

    ,Egypt
    Listening:8.0
    Reading: 8.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.0
    ________________________________________
    Overall: 7.5

    Thanks Liz for your videos…they helped me a lot improving my writing skills

  15. Are IELTS ukvi results shown online in India?

  16. Hi guys,
    just want to let you know that I receive an email from BC saying that my results from 13th May are released. I took the exam in London. You can check them online. Good luck.

    • Lucky you. Hope you get your desired score so they can’t put you through this again. Still waiting for mine, taken in London on 13th may.

    • Finally, I have received the long awaited results I took on 13th May 2017 in Glasgow. Waiting for more than 3 weeks was horrible.

      Overall Band 7.0
      Listening 7.0
      Reading 7.5
      Writing 7.0
      Speaking 7.0
      Narrow escape in all. But I really appreciate the results. Now I can have a good night sleep 😄

  17. Dear Ms. Liz
    I did my test April 8 , and my result on hold , I am not sure if any one else has her/his result hold till now. I contacted my center several time and they do not have any info
    What should I do?

  18. I just got my results and it’s less than I expected.

    L: 7
    R: 7
    S: 6.5
    W: 5.5

    • Shweta Shah says:

      Thats great! I got an email from them saying we will get back to you by 16 th June, 2017. It’s really frustrating but not in our hands! All we can do is wait!

      • I got email from them too, it said to wait for an update on 15th of june but today they sent me sms of my result and I got it. I took the test on BC Doha.

        • Shweta Shah says:

          It still shows no results found. Although people from other cities in India are getting their results, why are they not releasing for everyone! Not at all expected from such an institute!

  19. They’ve started releasing the results it seems. I got mine today here in Pakistan, online.

  20. Has anyone from London received their results yet ?
    I called and spoke to someone today at British Council who informed me that they had started to release results but mainly abroad.

  21. I just got my results.it’s a lot lower than what i expected in skills that I knew I did best!

  22. Is it just bc that’s releasing results?did anyone from idp get their results?

    • its only BC I think.. I gave exam
      through Idp India and still result on hold

    • Next update

      Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a date for the release of results. Please rest assured that we are working as quickly as possible to complete the analysis.

      We will provide you with an update on progress of the analysis on or before Thursday 15 June.

      If you have questions please contact us at results.ielts@idp.com.

      I got this today, but most people were in our centre have already got their results. This is horrible. These people are playing with our future, its almost one month. May be they are doing this to make us to do the test again, then they can earn extra dollars.
      Im really disappointed

  23. Shamika Dunakhe says:

    Finally got my result!!!
    Listening- 8.5
    Reading- 8
    Writing- 7
    Speaking- 7.5

  24. Just recieved my result report now from BC Saudi Arabia 13 May exam
    It is not avaliable online

    Yiu should contact them and ask for u result better than refreash the website evey 5 mins

  25. I just got this email:

    Dear Candidate,

    We are writing to provide you an update regarding your IELTS result for the 13 May test.

    As you are aware, your result is currently being analysed by the IELTS Test Partners. We appreciate that this may seem like a lengthy process to you; however, the IELTS Partners have a responsibility to all test takers, to organisations which accept IELTS scores, and to regulatory bodies, to ensure the highest confidence in the accuracy and integrity of test results. The decision on your result is taken by the IELTS Test Partners, and does not rest with the local test centre.

    We should now be able to provide you further information on your result by Thursday, 15 June. We will keep you informed of any change to this timeline.

    We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in issuing your results is causing you. We know how important it is for you to have your result as soon as possible and we are making every effort to provide a decision on your result at the earliest.

    • Mitesh M K says:

      I got similar mail from IDP today, simply they have mentioned we will provide u with an update next week on or before 15th june. Thank you for your patience.

      i really don’t understand how easily these people are writing such sentences without realizing the amount of time we have invested…a week or two for delay is acceptable, next week it will be one month…we can’t even proceed with our applications further without this result, and after that too,god forbids this happens,but in case you don’t score as per the requirement of your application or the minimum threshold set by the respective migration authorities, then again a month gone or may be more..

      Totally disgruntled……

  26. finally got the result of 13th may.
    BC VADODARA, INDIA
    listening 8.5
    reading 9
    speaking 7
    writing 7

  27. finally got my result of 13th may.
    get score what i expected..
    BC vadodara, GT India.
    Score : listning 8.5, reading 9, writing 7, speaking 8

  28. Got this emial now

    “Dear Candidate.

    We are writing to provide you an update regarding your IELTS result for the 13 May test.

    As you are aware, your result is currently being analysed by the IELTS Test Partners. We appreciate that this may seem like a lengthy process to you; however, the IELTS Partners have a responsibility to all test takers, to organisations which accept IELTS scores, and to regulatory bodies, to ensure the highest confidence in the accuracy and integrity of test results. The decision on your result is taken by the IELTS Test Partners, and does not rest with the local test centre.

    We should now be able to provide you further information on your result by Thursday, 15 June. We will keep you informed of any change to this timeline.

    We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in issuing your results is causing you. We know how important it is for you to have your result as soon as possible and we are making every effort to provide a decision on your result at the earliest.

    Regards
    IELTS Investigation team”

    This is frustrated really, I need my results before 14th of June for pre-sessional course and they just sent me this email. It’s really crazy!

    • They are playing with our future right now. I honestly consider taking the exam again next week because I cannot wait until next week and even sure that I will receive my score.

    • manchester says:

      Same from Manchester language center, what shall we do? I also need this results asap, cant wait longer

      • Its really frustrating because some of the people who took the exam at the same day with me they got their results. I don’t want to waste more money as I’ve already paid about 3000 QR just for the Ielts exams and this is my 3rd attempt. I hope they at least release the results on Thursday because I can’t take the test again and it will take a long time to be released.

    • Chaudhary says:

      Which country?
      Idp or BC?

    • Katarzyna says:

      Did anybody from 188 Tottenham court in London receive results or email with further information? I am still waiting for any update, although didn’t receive nothing at the moment .

    • I just received the same email. This is so frustrating and unfair. I can’t believe it. Surely there must be somebody we can appeal to! This is messing with people’s future. You don’t take the IELTS test for fun, not mentioning the money paid in advance for it! We all got deadlines, they should respect this and in cases like this they should sent the results within a couple of weeks!!!

    • Stephen says:

      Hi All,

      I got no email confirmation but I’ve just checked the results online and they’re up!!!

      Worth checking for anyone who was expecting their results on Monday 5th June.

      Very happy with mine 🙂

  29. Any results from Greenford centre may13th??

    • I have been waiting and they just sent me another email today, the exact same email that promised an update on the 5th but instead they replaced only that part with the 15th. This is getting ridiculous.

    • Just an email saying they will update on the 15th, it’s a joke at this point.

  30. Chaudhary says:

    Has anyone from Pakistan got their delayed ielts results or any update regarding their ielts result ?

    • Muhammad Maaz Khan says:

      Still waiting for results. British Council told they would provide an update on June 5th but there isn’t any news from them yet.

      • I’m from Karachi Pakistan, did you guys get any updates? I didn’t receive any.

        • Muhammad Maaz Khan says:

          I got a mail on 2nd June stating that they’d update about the result on June 5th, but they didn’t. Called them several times, all they is that they don’t know how long it’d take.

  31. Anybody from muscat got there result (13/05/2017)?

  32. Anyone received updated news for 13, May test?

  33. Anyone recieved results from greenford may13th Test?Just did another one on 3rd June same centre.😅😀😁

    • Still waiting 😕

    • No one received anything yet .We shouldn’t do another exam but we should ask for our rights ; we paid money and spent much time studying and training and did our job well . Now it’s their turn , we aren’t playing … we lost business based on this result because of their delaying , Asssssssssssssssssk for your rights .

    • It seems like it’s worldwide test centres. I just called about update as I received and email stating update on Monday 5th June. No update as of yet and result of phonecard was “very sorry but no update yet” so pointless email saying update on 5th June!!!

      Ielts Messing with people’s lives!

    • Just saw my results from 13 May test: L8, R8, W7.5 and S8. But no email from IDP, I just tried checking online and found my results updated, earlier it was showing no candidate found.

    • Received an email, saying same as previous email of update by 5th June… new email stating update by 15th June. Not saying that results will be 15th June just update by 15th June. No explanation as to why it is taking so long… can’t speak to anyone, a bit like trying to see the wizard of Oz.

  34. Chaminda Subasinghe says:

    Has anyone`whose withheld results of 13th May, 2017 test received his or her results by now?
    Also how can I report or complain an incident that I now feel is associated with my test score being investigated. I have no trust with our local test center in this case.
    Pls advise.

    • Got to know that IDP has started posting results and some have already received. They will send on or before 8th

      • Mitesh M K says:

        i called ipd dubai office today they didn’t specify any particular date of result for 13/05/17 exams,simply asked to wait. R u sure they have started posting results as according to dubai ipd office we will be get update on the progress of the test but not results by 8th june.

        • Hi All !
          Got an email today !
          As per the latest information received by Cambridge English the process for the validation of results started today and will completed by the close of business hours today according to the UK timeline. We hope to release these results as soon as we receive the confirmation from the University of Cambridge.

          This means that all the local test centres have results ready. Once they are validated by Cambridge , they ll post it. It’s done globally . For colombo , hopefully it will be tomorrow morning as per UK time .

          • Hi Depp,
            Thanks for information. Finger crossed and waiting.

          • Hi All,

            My results for May 13th Exams was released today and it was good.
            L:8 R: 8.5 W: 7 S:8.5

            Liz,

            Just to let you know my wife’s result came out well too. we were really panicking because she wrote her Writing Task 2 answers on Task 1 answer sheet

            Her Result : L: 8: R:8.5 W:7 S:8

            Cheers!

  35. Yesterday I received an email from BC stating they’ll inform me today about my 13th May withheld result. Today I contacted them &they’re saying no news!! Why are they playing with our time&future? What have we done?

    • I still wating too ,it is international problem because I have a friend from Saudi Arabia Middle East and England all they have same problem

  36. Hi com Qatar,

    On 13th May BC exam from Doha ,does anyone got updates on result ? As I have been informed in last email from ilets investigation team that will get update on 5th June but there is no news as of today.

    • I got this email:

      Dear Candidate,

      We are writing to provide you an update regarding your IELTS result for the 13 May 2017 test.

      As you are aware, your result is currently being analysed by the IELTS Test Partners. We appreciate that this may seem like a lengthy process to you; however, the IELTS Partners have a responsibility to all test takers, to organisations which accept IELTS scores, and to regulatory bodies, to ensure the highest confidence in the accuracy and integrity of test results. The decision on your result is taken by the IELTS Test Partners, and does not rest with the local test centre.

      We should now be able to provide you further information on your result by Monday, 5 June. We will keep you informed of any change to this timeline.

      We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in issuing your results is causing you. We know how important it is for you to have your result as soon as possible and we are making every effort to provide a decision on your result at the earliest.

      Any questions or queries relating to withheld result can be forwarded to BC Centre : KSAINFO@SA.BRITISHCOUNCIL.ORG

      Yours sincerely

      IELTS Investigations Team

    • Yes they uploaded today and I am too much disappointed with my result as it’s not upto my expectations:(

      • How much you scored?

      • Yes I also got my result today through SMS from British council Doha .The result is really disappointing which is way below my expectation 🙁 .I feel they have decreased my score in Listening and Reading sections in order to match with other two sections because I am sure I did very well in above two sections . My scores are L:6.5,R:6,W:6,S: 7

        I donot know as my mind is not accepting above score after working so hard 😓

  37. 13 May test , anyone got any updates, BC muscat . the only thing i received is the email.

    • When did you receive the email and what did they say in their email?

    • we are also waiting for 13th may results from british counsil..when we spoke to them they said many people results are withheld.

      • 7th june after 4pm they will announce itseems

        • I called British Council office in Khobar, Saudi Arabia and they told that we are not aware of the exact date of result announcement. The day we get information, we will convey to the candidates. So I believe, patience is the only option all we have now.

        • How do you know this 😦

        • Mitesh M K says:

          I called ielts idp dubai today, same thing they said,asked to wait till 8th june for another update but didn’t gve any specific date of result.

  38. Does everyone took the test in Cardiff on 20th May? I haven’t receive my test yet and not being able to check them online. Does anyone has the same issue?

  39. Hi All,
    Anyone got any recent update from IDP regarding 13th May exam?
    This is annoying, cant wait anymore. Please let me know if you get any update. I did my exam at IDP Colombo.
    Finger crossed n praying…

    • MC Jaya says:

      Got an email to wait until 8th June for an update. Did u get the same email?

      • Hi,
        Yes I also got the same email. But in the evening got to know that the IDP is going to post the result sheets from friday evening.

        • MC Jaya says:

          That means are they going to courier the results without displaying it online first. Did you get that information from a reliable source?

        • Mitesh M K says:

          Hi
          i got only one mail yesterday that too wrongly addressed on someone else’s name informing that next update will be on or before 8th june but not specified whether when results will be declared,are you sure from friday evening idp will start posting results, as i also appeared for test (General Stream) on 13/05/17 in UOWD dubai.

          • I did exam in Colombo, SriLanka. Yes my institute informed me that IDP has started posting results as they still cant update it on the site.

    • I got a mail today. The new update is that they will update on june 8th😀.

    • MC Jaya says:

      Yes got an email informing that the next update will be given on or before 8th June. This time the mail is from IELTS Central Operations Australia not from IDP Sri Lanka.

    • I got an email from them yesterday that they will give me an update on june 8th! It’s so frustrating

  40. I have also received an email today from the British council, informing that more updates related to my results will be sent on Monday, 5 June.
    Actually, its a funny email, instead of telling me the exact date of publishing my results, they will be sending another email on Monday to provide me with further information.
    I am entering another IELTS exam tomorrow, and I guess I will be receiving its results before that of the exam I entered on May 13th.

    • I received the same email as previous people. 1st” your 13th may exam is being investigated. 2″ received yesterday saying email updates will be sent on Monday.

  41. Ramzan Chaudhary says:

    Please update if someone received results or any update of 13 may exam after receiving investigation or on hold email

  42. Hi All ,

    Got an update just now.

    We should now be able to provide you further information on your result by Monday, 5 June. We will keep you informed of any change to this timeline.

    Regards,
    British council

    • Same here
      BC SAUDI ARABIA

    • hi Depp,

      where did u take your exam?

    • Here’s what i received today regarding May 13th exam taken in Dubai..

      Next update
      At this time we cannot give you a definite date for the release of results as the analysis undertaken is an extensive process. The release of results will not be delayed for any longer than necessary but appropriate measures must be taken to protect the integrity of all IELTS results.

      We will provide you with an update on progress of the analysis on or before Thursday 8 June.

      • Mitesh M K says:

        Hi
        i got only one mail yesterday that too wrongly addressed on someone else’s name informing that next update will be on or before 8th june but not specified whether when results will be declared,are you sure from friday evening idp will start posting results, as i also appeared for test (General Stream) on 13/05/17 in UOWD dubai.

    • Rajbir Singh says:

      Hi dear,

      Did you get any further updates..

    • Have you received any new updates? Today is 5th

  43. Hi all
    I sat IELTS exam on May 13. I received an email on May 26 that my results won’t be released that day and I will get an update on Jun 2. Today, again I received another email that the IDP can’t give the definite date for the release of results and I will get an update on Jun 8. Anyone else with the same experience?

  44. Zaid Jamal Al Mahmoud says:

    I did my test of the 13th of May in UAE, Abu Dhabi, with IDP and I did not even receive that email saying my results are withheld. Instead, when I called the IDP IELTS, they told me that my results are being validating and you shall be notified with something (They won’t say what it is), by next week (after 2nd of June).

  45. I have also received the dreaded email from the IELTS investigation team for the test taken on 13th MAY in the UK. I spent bit of time looking through the comments and it appears that lots of people get these emails on regular basis. I have few questions for all the people and Liz.

    1) Has anyone checked with their test centre to find out if all the students results are withheld from 13th May?.. I tried ringing but college is closed for half term this week.

    2) Is it worth responding by giving a statement to support your performance on the test day?.. Or is it waste of time as everyone seems to be getting the same email.

    3) Is it safe to assume that you have achieved 7/8/9 band and they want to recheck or want you to explain how you scored so high?

    4) Out of all people who received this in previous months, was anyone’s score less than 6?

    Just trying to make sense and gather thoughts, this waiting game is so stressful. I need to know my results urgently.

    • Hi,I took the test on 13th/May at the Lewisham Southwark College(waterloo) and my result is also withheld.I called the college today and they said that they were waiting the results too. British council randamly pick the date to invetstigate and that was the 13th/May unluckily…The college was not allowed to tell me the exact number of results were withheld but it’s great number they said. By the way,where I took the test,the candidates were around 50 people.
      I haven’t been asked to write report so I wouldn’t.
      That was my very first time have taken IELTS test for immigration purpose. It’s quite urgent as well. Hopefully this is not the reason why my result is delayed. I only need score 5 for GT.
      One more thing the college told me they might get results by today otherwise end of this week. Finger crossed!

      • UPDATE “We should now be able to provide you further information on your result by Monday, 5 June. We will keep you informed of any change to this timeline. ”

        I think most of the UK test takers from May 13th got the same email. I need band 7 in GT for immigration purposes, I hope I get it!.. Not keen on the idea of going back to take another test.

      • Hi Tommy, I did the IELTS at Le So Co (Lewisham centre) on 13th May, my results are under investigation too and I need it by the8th June as my Uni offers expire that day. Can you please give me the telephone number you called? Thank you very much

        • Hi Elena i took the exam the same day in the same place. Did you get any update from the college?

          • Hi, I took the academic test on 13th May as well, my results have been withheld too. I haven’t received any update by email, I’m started to be worried as is need the results before 19th June. Does anyone else have not received them??

            • Got my results at last! Very pleased with it 😀
              L8
              R7.5
              W7
              S8
              O7.5
              Hope you all get yours shortly!

          • Nope 🙁 no news yet. Let me know if you hear from them, I am trying to get hold of somebody but no luck so far.

            • Stephen B says:

              I had an email saying I should expect an update today and I haven’t received anything either. Glad to know I’m not the only one…

              I did the test in Birmingham on 13th May

        • Hi Elena,
          I hope you got an email from college this morning! I’ve got results finally:) otherwise I give you the phone number!

          • Hi Tommy, I am sure I replied to your message, but it doesn’t show here.. how odd!
            Anyway, happy for you. I only received an email informing me I need to wait for an update on 15th June.. 🙁 I am so disappointed!! Can you please pass me the number? Ta!

    • I took mine at Regents University London. When I called the office it was insinuated that others were also under investigation.

      Hopefully just their annual quality assurance. Be interesting to see if this happened this time last year too.

      • Got my results 13th May Test UK… Happy days!

        Listening 7.5
        Reading 6.5
        Writing 7.0
        Speaking 9.0

        • Well done 🙂

        • Congrats! I took the exam at Eurocentres but I did receive an email today saying that next information is going to be in a week but they did not mention that I will receive my results and I really do not know what to do

  46. (•_•) says:

    Has anyone got their 13th May ielts results withheld from Lahore , Pakistan ?

  47. Hi Liz,

    I took my exam on 13th May 2017 with IDP Kuwait and was waiting for my results on 26th May, unfortunately, I received a mail of results being withheld like many others with a paragraph about writing a statement to support my test performance.

    “Should you wish to offer any information that may support your test performance on 13th May 2017, please send a scanned handwritten statement to us at verification.ielts@idp.com within 14 days of the date of this letter. A template has been provided with this letter for you to use. Your statement must be written in English in your own handwriting and signed by you “.

    On the next day, I received another mail telling that IELTS Kuwait will provide an update on 2nd June 2017.

    My question is should I go ahead and write the statement now I know that I will get an update on 2nd June? Moreover, what should I write in my support of test performance?
    I have not done anything wrong. Will this letter be helpful?

    Awaiting a response.

    Thanks,

    • I had the same email for my test on 13th May at Burton college in England. It looks like lots of people had the same email so not sure if it’s worth writing the statement to support the test performance as stated in the email. It’s heart breaking… Any updates anyone????

    • Did you get any update from IDP?

  48. Any update on 13 may results ? Especially from Westminster university test centre?

    Thanks

    • Hi Lola,

      No update, i took my test on 13th @ Westminster and have heard nothing back.
      Please drop a note here if you get an update and i’ll do the same.

      Thanks

    • Hey,

      Just wondering if you got any updates?
      I emailed Westminster and they just apologised and could not offer a date of when I can expect results unlike some other students on this thread.

      • Hi,
        I wrote to BC on Facebook and they told me that by the end of the day I would receive an email from the test centre, but I haven’t received nothing yet..

      • Hi,
        I have just received this email:
        We are writing to provide you an update regarding your IELTS result for the 13 May test.

        As you are aware, your result is currently being analysed by the IELTS Test Partners. We appreciate that this may seem like a lengthy process to you; however, the IELTS Partners have a responsibility to all test takers, to organisations which accept IELTS scores, and to regulatory bodies, to ensure the highest confidence in the accuracy and integrity of test results. The decision on your result is taken by the IELTS Test Partners, and does not rest with the local test centre.

        We should now be able to provide you further information on your result by Thursday, 15 June. We will keep you informed of any change to this timeline.

        We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in issuing your results is causing you. We know how important it is for you to have your result as soon as possible and we are making every effort to provide a decision on your result at the earliest.

  49. Same here i recieved an email that my result withheld for 13 may

  50. Hi Liz,
    I had my test on May 13th in Cairo, Egypt and I have also received the quality email like many others. However, there was an incident that I was thinking about sending, but I am not sure that sending such an incident would do me any good.
    The incident was as follows:
    While I was writing Task 2, the exam instructor announced that there was 10 minutes only remaining to the end of the test. As a result, I panicked and got more nervous, because I was even half way through my essay. Surprisingly, after 10 minutes she repeated the same announcement giving us 10 minutes more. At that time, I realized that she had made a mistake the first time saying 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes.
    I was really angry, but there was nothing I could do at that time.
    Now, while there is a chance of sending such information, will it be useful to me?
    Thanks a lot for your support.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. There should be a clock on the wall for students to be able to manage their time. All centers should guarantee a clock on the wall. So, I hope students will all check this before they choose their test center.

      • As my ielts result is on hold, i got an email mentioning, ” the verification will take 3-4 weeks in minimum…”. Does that mean i will get my result in 3 or 4 weeks??

  51. Hi All ,
    We had some technical difficulties with the headphones on IELTS listening module. So we were asked to do Reading and Writing first. Listening was conducted later.

    Since the standard order of the exam is listening reading and writing , this might be reported as test centre malpractice. Because of this irregular conduct , candidates result were withheld.
    Exam date : 13th May 2017 location : colombo

    It takes about 2 weeks to 12 weeks for withheld results to be published

    We just have to wait for now .

    • If this is the case then the Colombo result shall be withheld. Why the candidates from whole world are being disturbed? This is so not fair.

  52. Rithesh says:

    Results still pending!! Gave my GT exam on May 13th at Muscat.
    I received a message from IDP that your results has not yet been released from Cambridge. Anyone from Muscat??

    • Ramzan Chaudhary says:

      Same case here in Saudi Arabia, today received email further updates will be provided on 2nd june.

    • Mitesh M K says:

      I also received e-mail from the university about the delay of results of test held on 13/05/17 in dubai, next they are going to update on 2nd june.

    • Arnav Dave says:

      Same Case here in India. I received a message from British Council that my results are withheld for quality control. Gave GT exam on May 13th at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Anyone from India?

      • Shamika Dunakhe says:

        I am.. I appeared on the same day at Mumbai center. both my husband and my results are withheld. Sounds like a large number of results are on hold.

      • yes same here, i received email, mentioning that updates of my result will be on 7 th june by 4 pm, surat centre, british council.

      • I am experinecing the same issue. Received the email that the result has been withheld.

        This is really frustrating. Gave test through IDP in Delhi.

      • Same problem with me, received message that the result has been withheld, further information about result will be on 7th june by 4pm.
        few others also have same problem here who appeared for GT.
        Appeared at Vadodara, Gujarat,India on 13th may GT british counsil.

    • Hi, i took my ielts in muscat on 13 th may academic. I too got the mail that my result is withheald. Muscat idp center dont kow any thing about the reason of withheald. So i contacted idp and they inform that they will give an update on june 2 nd.

  53. Hello Liz, I gave the given the exam on 13/05/2017. My result is not showing online on Ielts result section. I didn’t appeared for the speaking section. My question is, will I get the result or not for the reading, writing and listening section. As, I didn’t appear for speaking exam because the course which I want to take, there combination of two Ielts test result is acceptable. Therefore, IDP will post the result for the other three sections or not.

  54. Hi
    My husband and I took the exam on 13th May in Tehran and we both received the same email. It is mentioned that further information will be provided on 2nd June.

    • Mee too. From karachi pakistan

    • Rajbir Singh says:

      Hi Liz,

      I took the exam on 13th of May in India and I checked the result online in BC ielts result section, but is showing no result found, even I didn’t get any email or SMS regarding the withhold. Yesterday I called to BC support center as they said, result is withheld and will get next update on 7th of June. I would like to know what I should do now.

      Thanks,
      Rajbir Singh

      • Hello,
        Same case from me. I did not received any mail or msg. and they says, we will come back on 7th june 2017, It is very late, they may be release result 3 or 4 days after re-checking it.

    • Hi. The same. I took ielts in Sheffield university, U.K of British council. I received email:Dear Candidate,

      Notification of Investigation of IELTS Test Result

      We refer to your IELTS test of 13/05/2017.

      Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As part of these procedures, test results are routinely analysed by the IELTS Test Partners before they are issued to candidates.

      As a result of these procedures, your test scores for the 13/05/2017 have come under scrutiny and are being investigated. Your results are being withheld while this investigation is being conducted. Please note that all investigations are conducted without prejudice by the IELTS Test Partners.

  55. I took my test at greenford may13th same email.Waited till 12pm and no results.Called yesterday and they said wait for a week.
    Absolutely gutted.Cant wait to fill in EOI.😩

    • Did they tell why your results are withheld?

    • Stephen says:

      I’m still waiting for my results from 13h May at Birmingham centre….

    • SAME for me. Colombo SriLanka

      • Hi Amanda same situation here (greenford) .I am waiting to do EOI.I waited till 12 as well.I called them and they said wait for a week.Second test this is😏.Just want results atleast then can book another one.

        • Hi Greg,
          I did the test on 13th May, they said they will give an update on 2nd June, but not sure we can get the results on 2nd or not.
          Its annoying and cant wait anymore.
          Btw, whats your native language?

  56. Same thing happened to me here in KSA. It was my 3rd attempt and I was highly expecting my desired band this time, but on Friday afternoon i received an email stating that “IELTS results of 13th May 2017 are under investigation”. It is not mentioned any where that particularly only my results are under examination and also no date is mentioned that when it will release.

    After going through many IELTS forums, I learned that majority of 13th May 2017 test taker have same complaint.

    Really disappointing situation and now seriously thinking of PTE.

    • Same here, I took the exam in Qatar and I just called and they said it’s under investigation. I didn’t even receive an email.

      • Prasannakumar says:

        Even I too given test in Qatar on 13th may but received mail from Ielts stating that result is withheld

        • same as well I also took my exam in Qatar may 13th and i receive an email that my result is under investigation..no exact date when it will be released can you inform if you already received yours tnx..

      • Hi Almok,
        Even my result is withheld. Did you get any update on timeline from British Council ?

        Thanks,
        Nidhi

      • I have a strong feeling that for middle east countries especially, IELTS administration held the results so that they can extract more money as 3 June will be the only option for GT candidates in the month of June. Delaying 13th May results and releasing them after 3rd June means that more takers will participate in 3rd June test, which means more money (just a thought).

        • Zaireen says:

          Hi Javed,
          It’s also same in Bangladesh…it’s my 3 times to appear in exam…unfortunately me n my husband are victims…I expected that I must get good scores …it’s totally disappointed situation …I am afraid that is it related with business policy…you know that General training is quite easier than academic training…..I strongly believe that they want to keep our scores not to submit to immigration ….we are sufferer in huge number…

    • Same for me I gave exam on 13th may in KSA and I don’t know why the result are withheld . Please update me when u get result.Thnx

    • Hi
      Same with me I gave the exam on 13 may 2017 from kuwait idp and no result till now they told to wait till 2 june 2017 for update

  57. Hi, I took the exam on 13 th may 2017 ( idp). Today I search online for my result its showed “not found”.why is that?. Friday is holiday here so I cannot contact idp also.

  58. Gemini123 says:

    Hello ,
    Did anyone take the Ielts general test (IDP) in Bangalore on 13th May 2017 . I got an email which said my results are withheld . Extremely frustrating !
    Is anyone out there with the same status ?

  59. Hello, everyone.
    I took the exam(academic) on 13th May in London and I had to receive my results today. However, I received an email from the exam centre saying that my results are withheld and are being investigated. Is there anyone who also received the same email in London?

    • I am having the same issue. I took the exam on 13/05/17 in Glasgow.

      • Do you have to complete a student statement?

      • Hi Guys

        I appeared on 6th May for academic at deakin university, Melbourne and on 18th received email regarding withheld of my results. I try to contact contact centre and she was unable to help so I replayed email stating that if I would know matter of investigations then I would be happy to help further. It’s 27th and still havn’t heard anything from there end. I am still waiting guys, fingers crossed.

    • Hi Gabby,
      yes I received yesterday night the same e-mail but this morning I was able to see my results ( S 6.5, W 7, R 8.5, L 8). Despite that one hour ago i checked them again and they disappeared.
      By the way I took the test in London at Westminster University.
      Have you replied to the email?

      • At least you got to see your result. I was trying the whole but wasn’t able to see them.
        I took it at Eurocentres. I haven’t replied to the email yet, but I am planning to do until tomorrow. How about you? Did you answer it?

    • Hello Gabby,

      I gave my exam in London and got the same email today. It’s heart breaking to see this email as I did well in the exam and was hopeful of fulfilling the criteria. I can see that they withhold many results. Not sure why?

    • Hey,

      Did you take your test at Westminster University?

    • Hey,

      Did you anyone take their test on 13th May at Westminster University, London?

    • Imran iqbal says:

      I took ilets exam on 13 May 2017 in jeddah_Ksa and now got an email stated that my test results are withheld and under investigation. Is any body have any idea about this, why this happen. Still I cab’t understand the reason. I have already sent an email to British council ksa but due to weekend still no reply received.

      • I also got the same email but they don’t mention the reasons.

      • Same for me … my exam was on 13th may in jeddah ksa and now withheld .. please update me when u get the results…

      • same here in egypt i received same email stating my results are under investigation and no reason i emailed the british council here and still no response

    • Hi Gabby, same happen to me I did the test on the 13th of May in London and I’m in the same situation. It is really annoying as I couldn’t sleep in the whole night just thinking about the results and up from early morning.

      • Yes. I understand you. It is really stressful because we don’t the reason. Could I ask you about the exact location of the test centre in London?

    • Ashutosh Kar says:

      Hi. We are probably on the same page. I too gave exam on 13th may,2017, but I received a message instead of an email, saying same info of “scrutinizing for quality” and next update by 7th June. Crossing my hand for no further delays.

      • I hope that your results would be able on 7th June. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any dates. I just need to complete a statement.

    • Hi all,

      Even I wrote IELTS on May 13th and got the same email stating “scrutinizing for quality”. I wrote my test in Qatar and was wondering if anyone who wrote in Qatar the same day got any similar message ?

      Thanks,

      • Hi Nidhi,

        I got the same email and I wrote the exam in Doha, Qatar as well on 13-May-2017. Did you get in touch with the IELTS centre in Al Saad. Not sure if that would help!

        • Hi Rohit,

          Yes, I did but they seem to be clueless about the reason. I am getting a standard answer that it’s a random quality check process. I am still not sure about the reason behind withholding 350+ results from the same Centre .

          • Hi Nidhi,

            Yeah same message my wife got from BC when she gave them a call today. They mentioned that its struck for around 300+ students in Cambridge. They mentioned that they will be sending a text once they have an update. Fingers crossed….

      • Hi Nidhi,

        I appeared for Ilets from Qatar on 13th May and got similar email from British council. It is stressful for me that why my result is withheld? Do you have idea how many people got same email? And how long it takes?

        Thanks,

        • Yes, I spoke to the customer service representative and I understand it’s the case with 350+ other candidates who appeared from the same Centre. However, they are still not very sure about the rrason(s) and they did not have any answer to why this major chunk of results are withheld. They have asked me to follow up again on June 1st .

    • Nataliya says:

      Hi! I am in the same situation. My results were withheld for an investigation too.
      But also they ask me to send any information that may support my score.

      The letter says: ” Should you wish to offer any information that may support your test performance on 13th of May…”

      Does anybody have the same lines???
      If yes, What did you write about?

      • khushbu patel says:

        Hi
        I am khushbu I wrote exam on 13th may 2017 but my result withheld.and I received text message from British council…I did not recieve any kind of e-mail..so what should I do????

        • scarlet says:

          Hi ,I appeared for IELTS (general) through british council in India on 13-May-2017 and even I have got the same message. I an a little surprised as to why the results for this particular date i.e(13-May-2017) has been withheld, as few of my friends have appeared for IELTS and none of them had to face this issue before .

        • Nataliya says:

          Hi, Khushbu. If you did not receive any email , then try to call your exam centre.

    • MC Jaya says:

      Anyone from Sri Lanka who is facing the same situation?

    • Kinjal Patel says:

      Hi, all same is here I also appear in Test from Ahmedabad, India on 13-may-2017 but website says not result found & there is no any update.

    • I took my UKVI IELTS exam on 13th May at Lahore, Pakistan. Yesterday, I received the following e-mail:-

      “We refer to your IELTS test of 13 May 2017.

      Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As part of these procedures, test results are routinely analysed by the IELTS Test Partners before they are issued to candidates.

      As a result of these procedures, test scores for the 13 May 2017 have come under scrutiny and are being investigated. Your results are being withheld while this investigation is being conducted. Please note that all investigations are conducted without prejudice by the IELTS Test Partners.

      The declaration on the IELTS application form that you agreed to includes the following statement: ‘I understand that my results may not be issued 13 days after the test if any of the IELTS Test Partners deem it necessary to review any matter associated with my test’.

      We will provide an update on your results as soon as the investigation is complete.

      Yours sincerely”

      IELTS needs to understand that withholding results for an unreasonable period may lead to harsh consequences for various test takers. While the admission declaration form does state that they may withhold the tests, any such withholding cannot be unreasonable. For some people, delay in IELTS result may distort or destroy the purpose for which they took the IELTS test. This practice needs to be condemned at all the possible fronts and IELTS must be sent a clear message that its internal affairs must not have an impact on the commitments that they have made.

      • Vignesh says:

        Its time we all raise a public interest litigation against IELTS they are unreasonably putting candidates and their plans under stress by such moves. Instead of declaring results in 2 weeks; they might take a week extra to do all such random quality checks and announce the results for everyone together. Such partial release of results puts people at a great disadvantage and causes immense duress!

        IELTS can’t armtwist people like this! This is very unprofessional and needs to be corrected!

        • I agree with you Vignesh, we should find a way to protest together. I personally think there is a backlog as they might not be staffed appropriately to deal with the demand of exam takers. Instead of owning up to their problem, they are just sending the same email of “investigation” to buy time to mark the papers. I really hope that someone with right connections to the legal system can put some sort of lawsuit to challenge the IELTS.

    • Hi Gabby! I sat it at Greenford and received the same email. Very frustrating as I need to send my results to uni 🙁

      • These results are very important for all of us and we need in a particular time so we can enrol in a university or for a profession. However, the only option we have now is to wait and be patient and hope they will announce the results soon.

    • Katarzyna says:

      Hello everyone. I took my exam in central London 13 th of May, it was my third attempt, and I received email that my result is investigated and I can send them a statement with information, which can prove my exam score. Do everyone know something about it? What should I write ? Help me please.

  60. Hi All,
    I gave IELTS General on 13th may 2017 , my result was supposed to publish on 26th may , but I got an email saying

    Notification of Investigation of IELTS Test Result
    We refer to your IELTS test of 13 May 2017
    Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. And so on .

    I called the British council , they said that they have not received results of most of the candidates yet. They said it might take couple of days more .
    Is there anyone who appeared exam on the same date and received an investigation email ?

    • yeah same happen to me also… I also gave exam on 13 may..

    • Taha Baig says:

      Hi depo,

      I gave the exam on the same date in dubai as you, and got the same email that the result is withheld. Dont understand why?

      Regards, Taha

    • Hello Depp,
      I gave the exam on 13th and got the same mail:( not sure when will we get the results

    • Yes, I just got the same email. My test date was same as yours but my center was in Dubai. I have read somewhere that they hold the results for rechecking if there is a major band difference in one of the module.

    • Mukul Gupta says:

      hi Depp and all

      I am Mukul and gave IELTS General on 13th May 2017, and today got a text message from IELTS as follows:

      Dear Candidate,

      We wish to inform you that some IELTS results for 13 May’17 are under process due to quality control procedure in order to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS tests. As a result of these procedures, your test scores are being investigated. The next update on your results will be provided via sms by 07 June 2017 by 4 pm.

      Regards,
      British Council

      Folks, can someone guide me, what wrong I had done, and thats why my result is withheld…. I am seeking an answer from ielts team….

      Regards
      Mukul

      + 91 88005 54210

    • Yes, me too.. I too got the same message

    • I got my results few days back. I have on March 30, IDP academics.
      Scored 7.5
      R-8
      L-8.5
      S/W – 6.5

    • Where did you appeared for exam

    • EmanDex says:

      Hi Depp,

      I got the same SMS today, Didnt call them but yes Did drop an email to them.

      The SMS did mention that the results will be published on 7 June 2017 via SMS.

      fingers crossed.

      Best,
      ED

    • I got same email and I had also taken test on 23th May,17

    • OMG same, I had my test on 13th May in Birmingham. Let’s hope everything is going to be ok.

    • Hi. Where did you take the exam?

    • Nataliya says:

      Hi. The same situation happened with me. I also took ielts on 13th of May in London (International House), and today I received email saying that my results are withheld and are being investigated.
      What is more, they ask to provide any information which may support my test results.
      (the letter says: “should you wish to offer any iformation that may support your test performance”)
      That’s really strange.
      What do they mean by these words?
      What should I write?
      Does anybody have the same ?

      • I called IH and they told me to just write anything I remembered from my experience that day, wrote it and sent it back.
        This is all very frustrating and the worst part is they did not give me a time frame like the guy up there saying he received a message saying there will be an update on June 7.

        I did read somewhere that they usually hold them until before the 4th exam date after ours, which is the 8th of June, so looks like that’s the logic behind June 7.

        I sat it at Greenford, how about you?

        • Anthony says:

          I have taken the 13th May exam at the same center IH in London, and got the same email.

          What I think it is strange is for them to ask for each of us to write something to support our test result, which makes us question the reason for this. And answering “what you remember about that day” does not really answer what was proposed on the email.

          In my case “I feel that this was the best IELTS exam that I have ever taken”. How can this answer support my result??

      • same here in egypt i received exact lines i think it’s a standard email and not personalized

      • Zaireen says:

        Hi
        It’s also same in Bangladesh…it’s my 3 times to appear in exam…unfortunately me n my husband are victims…I expected that I must get good scores …it’s totally disappointed situation …I am afraid that is it related with business policy…you know that General training is quite easier than academic training…..I strongly believe that they want to keep our scores not to submit to immigration ….we are sufferer in huge number…

    • Hi everybody,

      I received the same email.

    • same here , shall we retake the exam ?

  61. I HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION:
    When it says: Recognizing organizations will be able to view this outcome online.
    Would the outcome of the current investigation be available in someone’s profile permanently? And in case the candidate had a future test report, then would the old outcome still exist in his profile?
    I assume if the answer was yes, then its the end because the candidate had a history of malpractice or misconduct , therefor the chances of being accepted in a professional organization or an immigration authority might be very limited.
    May I have an answer Liz?
    Many thanks,

    • You need to contact your test center. I don’t work for IELTS. So all policies must be checked directly with them.

  62. Rami Mallat says:

    hi, my test was on 8th of april, 2017.
    i have received an investigation email regarding my results, and till now i didn’t receive any email, i have checked my spam and my inbox, i ‘ve called my center many times and they keep telling me that they don’t know anything and that they cannot tell me anything.
    I have applied because it is necessary for my employment contract. i might lose this contract because of their delay.
    How to know my results, i have sent an email to ielts.dubai@idp.com and no one replied.

    At least i want to know the reason.
    Thank you

  63. Hi Liz,

    I have the same issue, my results are on hold. The test center sent a mail stating NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION ON IELTS TEST sat on April 29th 2017 in Toronto, Canada location. Its been a week I have no clue what is happening. I tried calling my test center, they say IDP will be in touch with you. I tried calling IDP Australia, the customer contact agent sent a URGENT enquiry mail to idpieltsaustralia@idp.com & CCed me as well but still no one bothered to reply me back. This test was planned in such a way that I get my results on May 11th and I can apply for my immigration on 19th May(which is the deadline). Its really really frustrating, what else can I do ? is there anything u can suggest me.

    Thanks Liz.

  64. mudassir mirza says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have just received my results for GT. I got L-9, R-9, W-7, S-7. I would like thank you for your valuable training and teaching. Your guidance was extremely useful and helped me in achieving the desired score. Thanks again for your help.

    • A great score!! Well done to you 🙂 Getting band 9 in listening and reading is excellent – students will take inspiration from that 🙂

  65. Hello.Good PM
    I am peter by name,i wrote my ielt exam on the 25March of 2017 and i have not seen my result or receive any email from the British Council
    I wrote my exam in Nigeria lagos.
    What can i do about this??

  66. I gave IELTS GT exam on April 8, 2017 and my result was withheld. Received result today and got Listening 9, Reading 8, Speaking 7.5 and Writing 7.
    Thanks Liz for all the valuable stuff and good luck everyone.

  67. Has anyone of you received the result of IELTS after (withheld it)? Who was tested on (30 March 2017) or (8 April 2017)?

    • And tell us, how many days were you waiting for the result?

    • Yes Yaser, received today. I gave ielts on April 8 and received result today.

      • TISHA SUSAN says:

        Hi ,

        How you got your result? Through their site or by post. Where you wrote the exam .?I am wrote in Qatar and expecting a good result.

        • Hi Tisha. I gave exam in Karachi and the karachi office representatives called to inform that the result has been made avaialble online, so I checked online at that time. They have also couriered the hard copy, so I’ll receive that in a day or two. Good luck to you, hope you’ll get the expected result.

        • Hi Tisha,Did you get your result.I appeared for ilets GT test from Qatar on 13th May and I received an email stating that my result is withheld for quality check. I am really worried and feeling curious for what reason it happened.

    • Am still waiting for the results. Gave the exam on March 30th, IDP Academics at Bangalore.

  68. Hi Liz,
    I received my result card and exact after 20 days i received a horrible email however, my result still available online. L 6.0, R 6.0, W 6.0, S 6.5. i am really worry about this. i don’t know what to do.

    Dear Candidate,
    Re: Notification of cancellation of result

    We refer to the investigation into your IELTS test result of 25 March 2017

    Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As a result of these procedures, your test result of the 25 March 2017 came under scrutiny and has been investigated.

    The IELTS application form which you signed states:
    -I understand that the IELTS Test Partners reserve the right to withhold test results temporarily or permanently, if they consider those results to be unreliable for reasons of suspected malpractice or any other irregularity in the test process.
    – I understand that if I am suspected of engaging in any form of malpractice, or do anything that might damage the integrity and security of IELTS, I may not receive a test result, and my test fee will not be refunded.
    – I understand that if any other person attempts to take the IELTS test in my place, both I and such person will be liable to prosecution.
    – I understand that details of any malpractice (including evidence of suspected malpractice) that has been established, is suspected, or is being formally investigated, may be provided to Recognising Organisations, including visa processing authorities and appropriate regulatory authorities.

    The following actions have been taken:
    – Your result has been cancelled. Recognising Organisations will be able to view this outcome online.
    – A report has been made to the IELTS Test Partners

    Any questions relating to your cancelled results should be forwarded to info@britishcouncil.org.pk

    If you wish to appeal against this decision our Appeals Procedure can be found at
    http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/help/enquiries-and-appeals/

    Yours sincerely

    IELTS Investigations Team

  69. Guys, I am going to tell you that my results from ielts investigation got released. I sat on the exam January 7,2017 at British Council in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On 20 th April. I got an Email from Br.Coun. about my result. They are 8.5 and 8.5 from listening and reading and 6 and 6 from writing and speaking

    • Good for you Ismoil.. for us we are still waiting

      • I got my test report form after 12 days delay coz of address issues..in that time i was in contact with test centre..i received my test report form…after 4 days of receiving trf i got email from test my result has been cancelled..they hold the right to do investigation and scrutiny before trf is issued..how is it possible that they cancel my result ..liz reply what should i do

      • Blueberry says:

        Hi, just an update here, I already received my official ielts results and I’m really happy coz the results are the same as what appears online. Hopefully, everyone will have their results soon. Just have faith guys!

        • Mariam says:

          When did u get ur result? Did they send u an email? I too took a test on 8th of April 2017 but haven’t got my result yet. I am so worried

          • Blueberry says:

            Hi, IDP emailed me that I can collect my official report on May 2. That’s exactly 12 days after they withheld my result.

  70. I took my IELTS test on 08 April, 2017 from Islamabad center, Pakistan. I have a friend who also took it on the same day from the same center. She can preview her results online but I can’t.. whenever I put the search, it says ‘results not found’. What does it mean? Does it mean my result has been withheld? Or is there likely to be a technical issue? Is anyone else facing the same?

    • Absolutely same here though I received an sms saying results are out and collect the test report form

      • OK so it turns out that it was just a technical glitch… and they’ve now updated their system (after I registered my concern on their helpline) and added my result to the system so now I’m able to view my score and hopefully will get the hard copy tomorrow. Hope everyone facing the same issue is relieved the way I am. Please call your local branches and register a complaint. Not being able to preview your results online does not necessarily mean they were withheld.

  71. Zohaib Ishaq says:

    Hello,

    I have given my exam of 25-Mar-17 but still awaiting for my results, I have written e-mail and called BC couple of times but there is no update.

    In my views, its simply bureaucracy and ill-structured quality check procedure without proper time-lines, how come quality-check can take more time than checking the papers?

    What if person want to apply for admission or migration with strict deadline?

    Do we have any other candidates suffering to get results 25-Mar-17??

  72. Blueberry says:

    Hi! I checked my results for april 8, 2017 exam and the results appeared online but when I go to the test center to collect the official result I was given a letter saying that it was withheld for investigation. Is anyone here has the same situation as mine? I mean results appeared online but no official report? Im really upset with the delays.

    • Had my exam last April 8 here in Abu Dhabi, I was supposed to get my result today but received a notification of investigation e-mail instead. I called BC office and they said it’s a normal quality procedure and will take two weeks or more for them to get back since the results are in UK. This is so frustrating, it’s delaying my family’s immigrant application. Where did you seat for your exam?

      • Hi Violet, Did you receive an sms prior, asking you to collect the result from British council. They asked to collect on Monday (24th from 9am) to me

        • Hi been checking my msg inbox and mails but nothing 🙁 you took your exam in AUH as well?

          • Blueberry says:

            Hi! Still waiting in vain. Are you going to take the exam while waiting for the results? Because i heard its better to schedule another exam coz there’s no definite date for the release of the results. Some waited for 3 months so we might as well take the test again. I know this is frustrating but there’s nothing we can do about it.

            • I have an infant so its very difficult for me to take another exam.. besides there is no assurance that they will not hold your results again..

            • Muhammad Bilal says:

              How did you appealed against your test result? Can you help me.. my result was apear online exact after 13 days of exam and after 3 days i received my result card . But after 1 month i received a notice about cancellation of my result .
              What should i do ?
              Please Reply me

    • Me too i am in Saudi Arabia

      most of people facing the same problem .unfortunatly there is no alternative for ielts but idp and BC are not honest and fully correpted

  73. I gave my IELTS at IDP on 8 april 2017 and today (21 april 2017) I was supposed to get the result, but I got an email regarding security check, this was my first attempt. Anyone else also got email for same date?

    • Same here

    • Me too. They sent:

      Dear Candidate,

      Notification of Delay to IELTS Results

      We refer to your IELTS test of 08th April 2017

      Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As part of these procedures, test results are routinely analysed by the IELTS Test Partners before they are issued to candidates.

      As a result of these procedures, test scores for the 08th April 2017 have come under scrutiny and are being investigated. Your results are being withheld while this investigation is being conducted. Please note that all investigations are conducted without prejudice by the IELTS Test Partners.

      The declaration on the IELTS application form that you agreed to includes the following statement: ‘I understand that my results may not be issued 13 days after the test if any of the IELTS Test Partners deem it necessary to review any matter associated with my test’.

      We will notify you once we have an update.

      Yours sincerely

      Kind regards

  74. Elshadai Omega says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have given my IELTS exam on 30th, March 2017. Today(13th,April), I must have received the results. Since I didn’t receive the same, i had a live chat with one of the Idp agent. They came back like my results are withheld and they can’t help out with the date when I will receive the same. Now on going through the previous comments, I really feel disappointed as I was about to apply for my Masters for this Winter. Now I don’t know what to do. Do you have any suggestions that could help me?

  75. I received my result today. It was informed via email by BC to come to their office to collect Test Result Form. I know it is frustrating to have to wait so long but in fact, we can do nothing but wait. It has been roughly 3 months to receive my result since the test date. To be honest, I am preparing to register for another IELTS test because I thought they will withhold my result permanently.
    Frankly speaking, I even contacted directly Cambridge but it did not work. They told me that I should communicate with my test center instead of them lol. Please be informed that the estimated time to finish their investigation is within 12 weeks of the test date according to Cambridge’s website, therefore you should be patient 🙂
    Good luck to you all and hope you will get your results soon 🙂

  76. Mohammad Khan says:

    I have given my exam on 25.03.17. Received message on 07.04.17 saying that it is delayed due to quality control procedures. We will get back to you with result by 10.04.17. But still there is no response from their end. Send multiples emails as well to them.
    Anyone else in the same situation with any other updates ??? Please share !!!

    • I had the same thing and on the same date of the exam. I am still waiting and I did not get any reply up to this moment !!!

    • I received an email on 10 th of April telling that my paper is still under investigation. This time they did not give any information about when The result will be given.

    • The same situation,but ome of my colleague received the official score . We took the exam at the same date and center!

      • Mohammad Khan says:

        Is the score similar to what he/she expected ? If I can ask that. Just wanted to have an idea that the checking criteria have been strict or the same.

    • Same here .. 25th March was the exam.. got an sms on the 7th April saying the results have been delayed and will be available by the 10th April. On the 10th of April received another email late evening mentioning it will take longer. no timeline provided….arghhh!

    • Hi

      Same date 25th march, But received massage for 21st April on 7th April but i called today to BC office,according to them hold result may be released on 21st april or 12th may.

  77. Manish adhikari says:

    I give my ielts on 18 March 2017
    and theyput my results on hold.Do you
    tell me how can it happen and the time of maximum
    days of hold to publish the result?

  78. syed saad says:

    I gave my IELTS test on 10th,11th Feb 2017, today on 3rd april 2017 I received my results Got R6 L7 W7 S7 bands with overall band 7 … Waiting so long was so hectic … Guys whoever of you are in a situation like me I advice you to remain tolerant I know its difficult but you cannot do anything about it … Remain calm and forget your results for a while its the best therapy. My venue was Islamabad, Pakistan 🙂

  79. i wrote exam on 18 march bt my results are witheld by telling that it would come on31 but still no updates

  80. I have taken the IELTS test By BC on 18th March and waiting for the result (As tomorrow is the 13th day) but I have noticed few folks from Egypt had appeared on the same date and they got the result today how they can get before 13 days (I am in Pakistan) i called customer services they said to wait.

  81. did anybody contact IDP lately ?

  82. Mohsin Munir says:

    Hi ! Today is 21 March and I appeared in the test on 4th March, 2017. Still the result not announced, whats wrong with the british council? Anybody knows the exact date of result ?

  83. SAMUNDRA says:

    I took IELTS exam on march, my result was supposed to be published on march 17. when i searched online it says “no results found”. I really don’t understand what to do next. The wait is really very frustating. Please suggest me what to do. I want to apply for july intake. Can i take exam again ? or will it be better to wait for the result.

    • Same here. I got exam on 4th March, it still says no candidate here.. I contacted with two different headquarters in my country and they approved my information however they only said “wait a bit longer”. This is 3th day after results were announced. I also sent email to another Center, they said “your results were posted to your adress at the same day the announcement were made and please keep trying results.ieltsessentials.com in order to see your results”

      Please Liz, We need your advice…

      • Visit your local test center directly if you need to. Also continue to email them. Check that they have the right address for you. It’s not a nice situation and I do understand your worry. But keep your head clear and try to get it resolved.

        • Thank you Liz.
          I checked my adress, fortunately its correct. But I couldnt find a solution for my situation yet. I tried at least 200 times and they still want me to try. I hope i can get the result I need at the end.
          Take care yourself.

          • SAMUNDRA says:

            I GOT AN EMAIL, WHICH SAYS I NEED TO WAIT AT LEAST 3 TO 4 WEEKS. SO UNLUCKY. DID YOU GET EMAIL LEE??

            • Dear Samundra
              What is the latest position ?I also did on 4th March ;No reply.

              • This the reply for my Email dated 11/04/2017
                Quote “We have not received any an update yet, we will get back to you soon as we hear from the investigation team as this is beyond centres control “Unquote

              • SAMUNDRA says:

                SAL i got my results today.

                • Thanks SAmundra
                  still waiting for results – 4th March ;What should I do Now ?

                • SAMUNDRA says:

                  Keep on mailing BC regarding the updates of your result once or twice a week. I did the same. I got my results after 3 weeks of the actual result date. keep patience. My friend from feb- 11 has not got her result yet.

    • Parth Bhardwaj says:

      I took my Ielts gen exam on 4th march 2017 at Lutyens resort center in Delhi India…I got a sms saying it was not possible to publish the result today so they’ll give next status update until 31st march 2017
      Really confused…They are such a big organization yet so unprofessional and clumsy
      Planning to visit the british high commission in Connaught place Delhi India tomorrow

      • SAMUNDRA says:

        Parth, did you visit BC ? what was the response?

        • Parth Bhardwaj says:

          Well they said the same thing…wait till 31st march… fingers crossed…

          • SAMUNDRA says:

            Its a long wait. I really hope and pray that we all will get our results soon.

            • Parth Bhardwaj says:

              I wish I took the TOEFL jbt test…which is online…and less chances of bullshit.like bc

              • SAMUNDRA says:

                anyone got hold results from march 4???

                • STILL NO RESULTS

                • Still waiting for 2nd Feb results.. if it is in date order I would recommend forget the results for another month atleast.

                • Parth Bhardwaj says:

                  I received a Sms from british council today that the next update on the 4th march test will be on 12th may which is like more than a month wait now….I think this is really unprofessional and third class act by british council…really disappointed… playing with student’s careers

              • SAMUNDRA says:

                At least you got SMS regarding updates. I got no update at all.

                • Anyone got 4th March 2017 held results?

                • SAMUNDRA says:

                  Still waiting for the results for March 4. Is it advisable to forget the fee amount for previous exam and take the exam again?
                  Please, Liz help us out.

                • You must decide if you want to continue waiting. When you take the exam twice, you can decide which results to use. All results are valid for 2 years.

                • I am planning to take the exam after 17th April 2017 (hopefully before 14th Friday)

  84. I have written ielts Gen on March 4 and the result were supposed to declare today. I called customer care and they said due to technical issue results are not declared for that exam date

    • Same here! I have written the IELTS General Exam on March 4th, 2017, but wasn’t able to see my result online today. I have taken it through the British Council, Abu Dhabi so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to check with them (they do not work on Fridays).

    • Muhammad kashif says:

      I took my ielts test on 4th march 2017 at
      Venue: Zayed University, Convention centre, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai
      Results has been withheld for me . They didnt declare my results online . I wanted to confirm is there any one else from same venue and date whoz facing this issue
      You can contact me on 0501116682

    • Muhammad kashif says:

      I took my ielts test on 4th march 2017 at
      Venue: Zayed University, Convention centre, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai
      Results has been withheld for me . They didnt declare my results online . I wanted to confirm is there any one else from same venue and date whoz facing this issue
      You can contact me on 0501116682

    • SAMUNDRA says:

      my result is also withheld. what should we do now??

    • SAMUNDRA says:

      you got your resullts? what was the response from BC??

      • I have gotten my results. They texted them to me and I was also able to view them online. It seems they only had to get back to work as the results announcement day was a Friday.

  85. Hi Friends,
    I spoke to the BC Authorities about the status of results for the Feb 11 exams. They said that they will provide an update on March 31. It is highly frustrating as it will be almost 2 months since the exams. In the meanwhile friends let us help each other by sharing what ever updates we have. Hoping that we all receive the result soon and end this agonizing phase. Have a nice day.

    • Varun Rawal says:

      Hi. I have a question though. The website says that they won’t display the result for more than 40 days. What if they release our result after those 40 days are over? Will we still be able to see the result online?

      • Sahil Kapoor says:

        No, You can not see your result online after 40 days. You have to wait for hard copy that will be post to your address

        Regards

      • The result won’t appear on the internet anymore, when they release the result you will get the TRF directly

        • Varun Rawal says:

          Thanks Samia. 🙂

        • Varun Rawal says:

          How much time does it take for the TRF to reach us? I appeared from BC and people say it takes around 15 days. Is it true?

          • Actually once I received the email said that my result no longer withheld I called the BC and they said that I can come by myself and get the TRF directly and so I did. This was in Saudi Arabia I don’t know if that applicable at all BC

      • I can understand the pain you guys are going through..I went through this a month back while I was waiting for my 7th jan IELTS results..so let me share my experience..
        1. you won’t be able to see your results online. You have to collect it from bc or idp ( wherever you registered)
        2. There’s no gurantee whether your second attempt will be withheld or not in future.
        3. Your results if withheld, may be released within as soon as 1week to even 3-4months.
        4. If they suspect any sort of forgery they might parmanently withheld or even cancel it and they will not even give u any explanation :-/
        5. U can sit for another exam any time
        Please share this with all your friends.

        • Varun Rawal says:

          Thanks a lot Tasnim. Also, did you get any notification when your results finally were out? And will I be able to see it online if I get it within 40 days?

          • Yes they notified me via email. I don’t think you are going to get results online cause mine was released within 40 days but I couldn’t see it. Just keep on checking your email. They might even ask you to submit notes regarding your expected score (as I ave heard from a few people).

    • 11th Feb result anybody have any idea when it is going to be out.

    • DINESH MURUGAIAH says:

      Hi everyone..
      I had written my ielts on 11 feb 2017. Unfortunately my result withheld for the last one month. Today I received a sms its state that my result will be published on today evening by 4 pm. But while I am checking online I got the same answer Ie NO RESULT FOUND. Its frustrating me…

  86. Hi, guys, my IELTS results of 16 of Feb have been withheld
    I was waiting for it on the 1st of march anyone from that date have the same issue?

    • 11th feb still waiting

    • Varun Rawal says:

      Yes, I appeared on the same date for the test from Ahmedabad. It has been two weeks now and no e-mail or update has been sent to me from their side. Their helpline numbers are useless. I want to know if they’ll notify us when the results will be out. And what is the guarantee that this won’t repeat after I re-take the test?

    • Hi Guys, I spoke to the BC Authorities today, they said will provide update on the Feb 11 exam on March 31, 2017. This is highly frustrating. Its been more than a month and the results have not been released. Please friends let us help each other by sharing what ever updates we get. Hopefully we will get the results soon. Have a nice day

      • Sahil Kapoor says:

        My exam was on 7th Jan 2017 and i am still waiting for my result.

      • HI Sameer, Im going through the same situation.. pl confirm where was your test centre and you checked with BC PK? Awaiting reply. Thanks

        • Hello AZ where you sat your test at pakistan. any further updates regrding release of 11th feb result i am still waiting for it??

    • Hi Ali,

      Even I appeared for the Feb 11 exams however BC Authorities said they will provide an update on March 31. It is really frustrating as we struggled quite hard for this exam. Let us share any updates we have about the results. Thanks

      • hello sameer,how did they told you about this becuase we asked them 100times but they saying we are unable to told you any thing of any timeframe so how they say this to only you.BTW at which country you did your test?

        • Hi Ali,
          They have not given any time frame for the result declaration, they said that I will receive an update about the results on March 31. They have changed their dates three times till now. I did my test from India. How about you Ali, when did you gave your exam and from which country?

          • i did it on same date as you from pakistan but they didnt give me any certain release dates as they give it to you, does u done yours at british council?

    • Hi my IELTS results too from Feb 16th has been withheld, your not alone on this

  87. Sahil Kapoor says:

    Hello,
    My IELTS exam was on 7 Jan, 2017. But till now my result is under quality procedure. Please help me out for this.

    Thanks

    • Please read the article above which explains.

      • Varun Rawal says:

        Hello Liz,

        I appeared for the test on 16th of Feb from India. The results should’ve been out on 1st of March but due to administrative issue, the result is delayed. My two questions are that will they notify me wheb the result will be out? And what is the guarantee that this won’t repeat after I re-take the test? Please reply ASAP. I need to apply to the good Canadian universities before they get filled up. Thank you.

    • Varun Rawal says:

      This is a lot of delay. The BC website doesn’t display the result for more than 40 days. Your result is probably cancelled. You better re-take the test before the good universities get filled up. I took the test on 16th of Feb and the result should’ve been out on 1st of March.

  88. Amjad Iqbal says:

    Amjad Iqbal Says:

    My wife result is also withheld since 2 February no clue what is going on. I have booked another one but still no answer

    • talib hussain says:

      me to brother my result held from 2 feb 2017 until today no update. I’m going to book new test but not with British council. can you please tell me any other regesterd center from UKBA?

  89. Anyone know why they ask some to give writing statement?? I got an email to notify me that my result for my IELTS exam on 11 Feb will be withheld for routinely investigation.. when I search google I found some have the same issue but they ask them to give additional writing statement??
    Anybody know why they ask some and don’t ask other for this statement please !!
    I want to know why they are holding our result I’m really frustrated to get an experience like this as this is my first attemp in IELTS exam

    • Priyansh Sharma says:

      Hello Samia,
      Even I got the same mail from Idp on same exam date that my result won’t issued unless the investigation has been done. I’m still waiting hopefully it won’t take so long time.

    • i also received the same e-mail for 11 Feb exam! did you get your email?

      • Hi Sahar,

        Yes I received the email that my results is under quality review and I will receive the update soon. Kindly let us know friends if you have any information on the Feb 11 results. This wait is really frustrating. Thanks

      • hello sahar did you receive your result mine is still withheld samia already got her result, also where was your test centre?

        • I did the exam with my friend on the same date and our result was withheld, after 2 weeks I got my result but her result still withheld and when she asked BC about it they said that they just realese the result of 50 person and yet there will realese more result each week. So be patience guys you will get your result eventually

          • Do they email if the result get realeased? and what was your band score , mine has also been withhold (11th feb)

            • Yes they do. BC emailed me when they released my result but they don’t give the score on email neither on telephone. I get my score when I got te TRF by myself in the same day they email me

    • I receive an email on Thursday said that my result no longer withheld and I can take my TRF from BC .. I received my result finally .. my exam was on 11 Feb .. thanks for this useful website

    • Hello samia any updated about your result i have same test on 11 february and still withheld

    • hi samia ,

      i have got same email from bc that i should provide some written statement could you please tell me what they are asking for???

  90. Hi Liz
    my results are held for about three weeks now, I took my exam in London and when I called my centre they said that British council had held many results from the same centre and they do not when the results will be due.
    what do you think about calling British Council or write to them?

    • I wrote my ielts academic test on7th January 2017 my result has been under investigation.recently they messaged me that my result has been released but they cannot publish it online,also said to visit their main office which is really far to collect my result.I am really stressed.what can I do .

      • My result is showing N/A except for speaking. I did the test on 11/02/2017 at Hobart, Tasmania. Has anyone had the similar experience or heard about the results partially available.

        • Hello, I did nor receive my result yet. I also toke my exam on 11 Feb in Iran. I have no idea what’s going on.but this trend happened for many ielts takers in this special day!!!
          I am really worried..:(

      • hello liz, todayI have receved an email stating that my result will not released so what I do and what that means

        • Please read the article above which explains it all.

          • So, I think my result is canceled because they wrote will not be released isn’t? and can I complain aginst this process? please liz reply about my question.

            • Please read the article above. When you signed your application form, you gave consent for them to do this.

              • Yes we sign the consent because there is no option other then to agree with their condition. However, there should also be reasonable time frame for the delay. It is also not right to withold the result for so long and then decide not to publish the result. Apart from agreeing to their condition we are also paying for their services. Imagine paying for a product but its upto the seller to give you what you pay for…they also have to follow the rules of fair trade.

                • I completely agree. I firmly believe that IELTS should stipulate a time frame. But IELTS so far have done nothing about this. Withholding results for checking is fine but limits should be set and communication clear.

    • I think Safa you should write a mail to bc that may help you.

  91. Hi
    I had the exam on 14 of January, the results were due on 27 of January, now more than three weeks later nothing appeared, had anyone take the ielts on the same day and his results still to come.

    • Hi
      I took the test on the same day with you. Just like you, it is still in waiting mode. Have you had any update till now? Did you take the test with IDP or BC?

  92. Thank you Liz for your wonderful videos. This was my 1st attempt and I got 7.5. Your videos were absolutely amazing 🙂

  93. Hi, Today I’ve received an email saying my results have been withheld permanently, I’m not even given a reason. I didn’t nothing wrong. I followed all rules. What can I do?

  94. I check the website and I find my result , the same with the previous one 6 😌

  95. Any one who appeared in Saudi Arabia through IDP got their results ???

    • Anyone in the U.K. got their result ?? I had the exam on 7 Jan, they asked me for statement about test performance and now the result is still under investigation. Yesterday, I called the Ielts centre and they told me we can’t tell you your score because it may cancel I’m really stressful.

      • Same here. Which centre is it in the UK? I did exam on 7th Jan from IHL.

        • Mine is west London Hammersmith.

          • Please update when you get your result. How much band score do you need and what band score are you expecting for this test? I have tried ielts many times and this time my test went really well and they withheld the result.
            Do you think it is best to wait for the result or have another go?

            • I’ve got an email saying that my result has been withheld permenintally. I really fed up with IELTS what should I do how can I complain???

  96. HI ,Iappeared for IELTSon Jan 7 and results were withheld but very dissppointed with these results becoz Igot many times writing 7 and listening and reading 8 and 7.5 consecutivelyand only speaking was 6 and 6.5 second time .and iam 100% sure that I wrote my essays well and better than before but today I got the lowest mark in my life .L6.5 reading 7 w 5.5 and S 5.5
    .first I appeared twice in BC and one in IDP but these much bad results for the first time
    I gave up ,becoz of these frustrating results ,and I suspect some foul play behind

  97. tasnim tamanna says:

    Is there anyone from Bangladesh who got withheld results of 7th jan :-/ or any news atleast??

  98. HI. if someone’s result is withheld permanently, would he/she get result in next attempt? if again it is withheld then what are the ways to catch that? I am waiting for result on 3 Feb but frighten inside as i need it desperately this time. It was much better this time.
    Kindly approach me at my Whatsapp: 0092 342 5925462

    • Hi
      I have the same situation as you, and I am waiting for my results on the 3rd of Feb.

      • My IELTS result withheld too and I’m really frustrated and afraid that they will held it premanently .. I did nothing wrong and I have no idea why they hold it!!! I did the exam of 11 Feb and this is my first time to do it .. if they hold it premanently would they realese my score if I do it again?? What happened with you please advice me

        • I had my IELTS UKVI in Islamabad on 11th Feb 2017 too and I am also having withheld situation … Don’t know what’s the issue because to best of my knowledge every thing was fine

  99. Hi Guys,

    I have learned a lot from ieltsliz.com and now it times to give back by sharing my IELTS journey. I tool IELTS 3 times in 2016 with following scores (1st: L-7,R-7, S-7, W-6.5 | 2nd: L-7.5, R-7.5, S-8, W-6.5 | 3rd: L-8.5, R-7.5, S-6.5, W-7). I received my result (3rd one) through SMS by BC and within 24 hrs, BC sent another SMS followed by an email that my results are withheld for investigation and I should disregard the SMS sent.

    I patiently waited for 2 weeks and sent a follow up email to BC to inquire about my withheld result, however they again replied it is still under investigation. I waited another week and called my Test Center unconsciously to check if they have received my TRF (although there was no confirmation by BC) and to my surprise the lady was like “yes your TRF is with us”!!!!!!!!!

    Since I was looking for 7 bands in each module, I applied for an EOR and again waited for another 9 weeks for the result and guess what !!!!!!!! Yesterday I got an email by BC confirming that my EOR is successful with an increase in band score and I will be getting back my refund.

    To summarize, It was a very long and painful journey but I survived by keep trying and patiently waited to get the score I needed.

    I hope my story would help IELTS candidates.

    • You had a tough stressful time getting the results you needed. I’m so glad to hear it finally worked out for you 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Thanks for Sharing Taha. Congrats

      Did they ask any information before releasing the results

    • Thank you for sharing your story. I was really about to give up on this IELTS thing and pursuing my dreams in UK. But I was somehow inspired by your story of not giving up and patiently waiting.

    • Thank u for sharing ,I can understand your feeling becoz I am also trying to achieve the desired score and each time they r playing with our life ,I thought after withholding the results they will check it properly but they proved that they will not

  100. Khristine Calo says:

    Hi there!

    I need help regarding my account because , I entered the wrong password in the log-in page, what am I going to do? Please Help

  101. Today , I have called the British council and I asked them why our result withheld and when we will recive the result . They told me after one week we will receive an email and this email has an explanation for why our results withheld and what the next step

    • Hi.. Thanks
      Please update us if you get any update from BC. I have also given on 7th Jan from UAE.. Results withheld.

    • Have any one receive an email or result for January 7th,2017 ? 😩😩

      • I have not received any results or updates from british council. The last time I called them they said it would take two weeks for us to receive an update. So probably by Feb 3 or 4. I’ll post here whatever update I’ll get.

      • No.. Nothing yet. I called multiple time to local BC call centre.. they are saying just wait.. no updates 🙁

      • Update: I already received an SMS saying that my results are released and I can personally collect my TRF in BC office on January 30. I hope that you guys got the same update too.

      • i gave the test in riyadh saudi arabia on 7 jan 2017 as well , and im still waiting

        • the same for me< my exam was on Jan 07, 2017 and till now I don't have the results yet, try to contact them tomorrow morning as they said in British council they will send us email this week about our results. it mostly will take about 13 days after the original test result due date.
          keep us updated
          thanks

        • Mohammed Samir says:

          Me too 🙁

          If you have any update let me know by commenting here.

  102. WOW, its means i am not only one. Me and my 4 Friends appeared on 07th JAN IDP IELTS and we non of us received results. I called them and they also did not receive results. 🙂

  103. My result for 4th January is under investigation. Anyone has the same problem for 4th Jan test? They have given me an option to write as much as possible to explain my score. Is it worth to write them? I didn’t have any problem with first part of the test but for speaking, examiner made me really uncomfortable and I could not do as well as I had done in my previous attempts (band 8). Examiner was in hurry as well because there were more than hundred students for the test and only few examiners. I have attempted ielts couple of times but speaking experience has never been this much bad.
    I think my result is under investigation because I did well in first 3 parts and speaking didn’t go as good as it went in previous attempts. Do you guys think it is best to write them? Did anyone have similar experience? Please help.

    • I meant 7 January 2017 ielts.

      • I dont get it at all. They are asking you to explain your scores. How can you explain your scores if they are withholding it? They should let you know first what you are going to explain.

    • My result on the same date 7th january is withheld as well , am soo terrified now as it was my first time to take IELTS

    • Hi Krishna says

      I received this email 👇🏻

      Dear Candidate,

      Notification of Investigation of IELTS Test Result

      We refer to your IELTS test of 07/01/2017.

      Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As part of these procedures, test results are routinely analysed by the IELTS Test Partners before they are issued to candidates.

      As a result of these procedures, your test scores for the 07/01/2017 have come under scrutiny and are being investigated. Your results are being withheld while this investigation is being conducted. Please note that all investigations are conducted without prejudice by the IELTS Test Partners.

      The declaration on the IELTS application form that you agreed to includes the following statement: ‘I understand that my results may not be issued 13 days after the test if any of the IELTS Test Partners deem it necessary to review any matter associated with my test’

      Yours sincerely

      IELTS Investigations Team

      Is that same with what you received ?

      Thanks

    • WOW, its means i am not only one. Me and my 4 Friends appeared on 07th JAN IDP IELTS and we non of us received results. I called them and they also did not receive results. 🙂

  104. I took the islets exam on 7 January and my result withheld 😭😭😭

    • Same here. From BC Bangladesh. No clue when gonna get it or reason.

      • Hello Saint,
        What was your exam center? Mine was Mentor’s mirpur and my result is also withheld!! I just need to clarify are they suspecting any breech regarding the center??

        • Hi

          Anyone has got any update regarding result? ☹️

          • No update :-/ I don’t know what they are up to..I went to bc and they said 300+ candidates’ result have been withheld but they can’t say exact reason or time to get results

            • Got an email today, saying they will give some update on 7th feb, do you receive any such email?

              • I got an email yesterday stating my result is out and I can collect it from BC. But I couldn’t..I’ll go there next sunday and hopefully I’ll get some good news

        • Have u contacted BC? I was from BC Bashundhara

          • I called few times to BC, but they are repeating the same – we r very sorry, as soon as we have some info, we will update you..😤

            • Have they replied you with an email? Or a sms? Looks like Piper from UAE got sms regarding his reaultand they told him to obtain trf from BC.

    • I have given test on 7jan 2017 at Ottawa. When i try to check my resulg it say no candidate found please fill the details as filled while taking exam

      • I have the same situation as you. I have waited 14 days after my test was taken (Jan 7th 2017) and they say I can’t be found as a candidate. I see a message that says the results won’t be revealed until 5pm Australian Time. I am not sure what I should do.

    • same is the case with me , I took test 7 jan in Saudi arabia , and it is wittheld

      • Hi Muhammad: Me too is the same stream as u people. I have taken IELTS exams in KSA couple of time before. This was my third time to achieve required target.

      • Mohammad Mari says:

        I had my exam in Saudi Arabia in Tabuk city on Jan 07 , 2017 but unfortunately the results withheld, anybody know when we can get the results?
        update us with any news

      • Mohammed Samir says:

        I have the same situation here , please update let me if you get the results by commenting here.

    • Same is my case, I gave test in uae but no results found

    • Same as my case, I took the exam in BC Rayidh, Saudi Arabia

  105. I took the exam, UKVI Acad January 7, 2017 here in UAE. Results supposed to be posted today but I recieved an email instead that my results are withheld for investigation. No timeline is provided so I do not know how long should I wait. This is really frustrating. Does anyone here in the same boat?

    • For me also same

    • Same thing happened with me! I was about to get my results today but instead I got a mail yesterday stating my results were with held due to the same reason as you guys! Looks like so many of you are from UAE. Btw, I took the exam from BD and it was British Council..

      • Hi Aran, I am from BD BC too. I got that frustrating email as well.

        • This is really disturbing, depressing and frustrating. I can’t eat, can’t sleep thinking about my IELTS performance and results as well, and when the day came when I am finally supposed the outcome, this is what I got–another agony of waiting. but it seems we do not have any other choice but to wait. for a miracle. 😔

    • Eric Araza says:

      Same here. I took my exam last march 25 and i am supposed to receive my exam results today April 8 today but its under investigation. I dont know why???

  106. D SANOOP SHA says:

    Guyz, i took my IELTS test BC on sep15th 2016 till now i didnt hot my result. Now i took another date. So guyz what i am trying to say is that if u r waiting for ur result and if its been more than one and a half month then its better u take the test ones more because if u waited so long like me all ur touch/practice with the modules will be gone.

  107. Hi Liz , I have taken Ielts test on 3/12/2016 . I received my result by post . I used my TRF for educational purposes to other country and they accepted also but today I received an email states that my result withhold permanently. What should I do ? I paid all my fees to other country which is non refundable. Today I see my email. What I should do ? Please advice me .

    • This is an unfortunate situation. Until you get your certificate, you should not use your results for anything. In this case, you must be honest with the people that you told your results to.

      • Hi Liz , I want to know Is there any law that they can cancel my certificate after one month ? Please reply I am very stressed . Thanks

        • It is possible that results may be permanently withheld which means you need to take the test again. However, you should contact your test center to check.

  108. Hi zohaib, what is your next update.

  109. i took the exam on 26th nov and still did not recieve my results,my results are withheld. i have to submit my results before jan 10/1/2017.I have been offered conditional offer for masters programm.if don’t get it soon i wont be able to get addmission.

  110. I took the exam on 26th nov 2016 and still did not recieve my results,my results are withheld. i have to submit my results before jan 10/1/2017.I have been offered conditional offer for masters programm.if don’t get it soon i wont be able to get addmission.

  111. Mohamed.qat says:

    I took the exam on 17th of December, They send me an email today telling me that my results are withheld and will be released on 18-19 January. Any one else got the same Email? After withheld the result, do students may get high scores?

    • I took the exam on 17th of December too. And my results did not appear yet and they did not even send me an email. I took my exam through idp test center, can you share yours?

    • I’ve got the same problem. but they didn’t give me a date to get my results

    • Hi
      I am having the same problem.i have given my test on 3 December but still waiting for the result.it is coming over my nerves now 🙁 I have also got an email but the didn’t specify when I get my result.you r lucky at lease u know when u r going to see ur results.

      • Hi
        I also facing the same problem. I have given test on 3rd December through BC, first they given me date of 23rd Dec, on 23rd they have given me date of 30th and on 30th now they are saying 20th Jan 2017. I have written a lots of e mails to BC and a lots of call to their customer care but not get any satisfactory reply and still waiting for the result.
        Vikram Jeet Singh
        vikram_3007@rediffmail.com

        • I am also in same boat. I have also given on 3rd dec through BC and received same messages. Please post results whenever you guys get. Thanks

          • Have you got any date of results?and yes please post any update regarding any date or result.thank u

            • Mohd Aslam says:

              Hi, I took my test on 3rd December 2016. My results were due on 16th, but got delayed like everyone else. However, I received it today. Most common cause for the delay I think is due a gap of 2 between individual bands. They recheck it with other examiners before releasing the results I guess.

              So I would suggest everyone to keep faith, remain focussed and complete all other formalities for the university application. The results will definitely come if you haven’t done anything wrong. Wishing everyone the best in their endeavours.

    • Hi,

      It depends from case to case basis. My results were also withheld, but I got only overall 7.5 bands.

    • Akif H qureshi says:

      Did they gave you the date in mail.
      18- 19 january ??

      I also gave ielts ukvi on 17th december 2016. Havent got result.

  112. The actions will be taken ,

    Your result will not be released and a Test Report From ( TRF ) wil not be issued.
    recognising organisations willl be able to view this outcome online.

    A report will be made to the ielts test partners. ??????

    what mean ??

  113. otification of Investigation of IELTS Test Result

    We refer to your IELTS test of 3 December 2016.

    Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As part of these procedures, test results are routinely analysed by the IELTS Test Partners before they are issued to candidates.

    As a result of these procedures, test scores for the 3 December 2016 have come under scrutiny and are being investigated. Your results are being withheld while this investigation is being conducted. Please note that all investigations are conducted without prejudice by the IELTS Test Partners.

    The declaration on the IELTS application form that you agreed to includes the following statement: ‘I understand that my results may not be issued 13 days after the test if any of the IELTS Test Partners deem it necessary to review any matter associated with my test’.
    We will provide an update on your results as soon as the investigation is complete.

    • Hate ielts ,they cheat people to get money ,assesment is never aim for them but money making sure is ..

      • Dear Arbaaz,

        I received the same letter i also took my exam on 3rd dec at karachi. i have no idea now what to do. they have send me a letter along with writing sample page they asked me to write statement and sign that page and send them back….. i dont know what is going and why they are treating us like this this is my third time i took ielts and this time i was really optimistic to achieve my required band score and they withheld my result……..

        • I sat in exam on 3rd December, and I viewed my result just once on Internet then it disappeared, now its showing no result found. Even I found my result is not fair, they gave me less bands, even how much good I did. I do not know what Ielts really wants, especially in Pakistan, they are not willing to give bands. At end of speaking test, the examiner asked me why I am giving ielts, whats my requirnment, have I appreared before. and said keep trying you will get your scores. I do not know how much more money they want from me to keep trying, however I was enough good to get my scores.

    • I sat the academic exam on Dec 3, 2016 as well and my result was also withheld.
      Do you know someone who sat only a part of the test (ex. Speaking) after investigation? what could be the possible reasons by ielts for allowing a candidate to retake certain parts of the test?

      • Shamshad Khan says:

        Plz share Your every Module score so that I could help you

        • idp and bc wont provide the scores if result is withheld… so i dont know what my scores are..

          • Shamshad Khan says:

            Don’t you worry they will release your Test result form after some time, If your result withheld temporarily.
            How you haven’t checked your result.The result has been showed online before they withheld it and after withheld they disappeared Your result from their website.

    • Anyone here whose exam got withheld permanently? Is there any chance of result in near future whose exam got held permanently

      • Shamshad Khan says:

        No,there is no chance.
        My friend result has also been withheld permanently.Now he is applying again and will appear for the test on 7 January 2017
        I’m very lucky because we take test on same test.After his result withheld permanently,I call British council and they told me that your result is still withheld temporarily.
        Can you plz share your score of 4 modules with me

    • Akif H qureshi says:

      Yeah, I also got the same mail. I took exam on 17th december.Havent got my result as well. Altho, they mailed me that my result is withheld for checking….. I dont understand the problem.

    • Hi there, any update on your result?? I am interested to know because I also received this exact email today. I supposed to see my online results but instead, they inform me thru email that this is the case.

    • did you receive your results???

  114. Hi Liz,

    I appeared in IELTS Academic test on November 19, 2016. However, I have not received my result but a mail stating that my result have been withheld.

    • Hello . . .

      I have also given IELTS on 19th Nov, 2016 and still i am waiting for my results. . . .

    • Hi,

      I got my result today.

      • ankit vashisht says:

        What were you scorea brother? So that I can get an idea about the delay

        • Hi Ankit,

          I got 7.5 band.

          • brother i faced same problem.my result is upheld what i will do to get my result plz guide

            • Hello All,

              I understand the fear and apprehension one has when the results are withheld, I have gone through this. But trust me, you will get your result sooner or later. I appeared for my exam on 29th Oct and got the TRF on 17th Dec. The wait certainly is killing and you are overwhelmed with all the possible negative thoughts, but it will come to an end. I now know these are just random sample checks that they do and has nothing else behind it. They keep releasing TRF for few candidates every week, so the numbers are reducing, and you shall eventually get your TRF.

              All the best to all! Stay blessed.

              Regards,
              Sakshi

              • ankit vashisht says:

                Sakshi I have a query.Did u get notified by BC about your trf by message or mail? Actually I stay at a different address than my Passport Address and I had appeared for the IELTS on 22nd October,2016 and I have not my results yet.

              • Shamshad Khan says:

                Hey Sakshi,
                I also take test on 29 of October but haven’t received my result still.
                Can you share your all modules score with me ?

          • whts band in individual skill?

        • I had a difference of two points in two components i.e. 8.5 in Reading and 6.5 in Writing. This could be the reason of delayed results.

          • ankit vashisht says:

            Oh That’s so good brother! I had given IELTS on 22nd October,2016 and I m yet to receive the result 🙁 I’ll get an update today by 4 pm.Hope I finally get it today.Also how long did it take for the trf to reach?

      • after how much time period you get your result?
        i was appear on 29th October 2016 from AEO. But my result is still hold. please tell me what i have to do. i am very much worried.

    • inderjeet singh says:

      hello…

      does anybody gets result of 22nd oct ?? still my result is under process .

      • Hloo i had also given test on 22 oct my results had also been withheldd.. But yesterday i got a message that i will be getting trf directly

        • ankit vashisht says:

          I had also appeared for the exam on 22nd October,2016 and no result as yet.Today also I got a message that the results are still under process and I’ll be getting an update on 23 Dec

          • inderjeet singh says:

            hloo i had also recieve the same message that the result is still under process and I ll be getting an update on 23 dec .any one else getting delay for 22 oct result

          • sanoop ssha says:

            i took my IELTS test on sep15th 2016 still i am just waiting for my result so badly.It has been 3 months shame on ielts british council they are playing with students future.

          • inderjeet singh says:

            same message send to me by bc .does anyone get result of 22nd oct 2016??

            • ankit vashisht says:

              Did anyone get the delayed result of 22nd October,2016?

              • Inderjeet singh says:

                Hello about
                I had got a message from bc that your trf will be sent to your address with in 14 days.

                • ankit vashisht says:

                  Can u share the exact message brother?

                • Inderjeet singh says:

                  Hello ankit ,

                  Dear Candidate,
                  Your IELTS test result for 22 Oct is now released but will not be available online. Your TRF (score card) will be dispatched through Post/Courier. You will receive the shipment tracking number through SMS when it is out for delivery. Please allow up to 14 days for its delivery.
                  Regards,
                  British Council

                  Message received from bc

      • Avtar Singh says:

        Same problem here. My exam was on 22 October. Now they have given next date of 23 December.

    • Hi Liz my score for general training is L-7.5 R-6.5 W-5.5 S-7. Overall 6.5 Looking to immigrate to Australia under PR visa, what should I do reaapear or there any chances with this score

    • I have appeared at
      3rd December 2016 academic Ielts
      Due to some unknow reason my result has been held
      I don’t know why
      There is no issue or problem at test day

  115. Raja Hassah says:

    does anybody gets the result of 26th nov? BC emailed me that my result is withheld.

    • same!! I gave the test on 26th nov 2016 and still haven’t received my result .

    • Same here, also took it on 3rd November, and it is withheld.

      • muhammad zeeshan says:

        Same here 🙁

        • I took my test on 26th Nov from IDP and today i got a letter stating that cambridge has withheld my result.
          My result was also delayed on 16th july and got my result after 52 days of test date with 6.5 in reading, 7.5 in listening and 7 each in speaking and writing.
          This is the second time i am facing this situation. I missed my november plab attempt because of the delay. And looks like i am going to miss my march attempt too because of their negligence. They have clearly made ielts a business rather than an English Language test.

    • Same here!
      I appeared for 26 Nov and am yet to receive my results!

  116. Javed Ahmed says:

    hi all, any update on 29th October withheld result from..?? Anyone received any message on this from BC today??

    • Hi Javed,
      I received a message stating they will provide update next week. I am apprehensive now and feel like resitting for the exam. Where did you appear your exam and which module was it?

      • Javed Ahmed says:

        Dear Candidate,
        Your IELTS test result for 29 Oct 2016 is now released but will not be available online. Your TRF (score card) will be dispatched through Post/Courier. You will receive the shipment tracking number through SMS when it is out for delivery. You will receive the TRF within 14 days.
        Regards,
        British Council

        I received this message today from BC on my 29th Oct exam result….

    • Jave,

      I am also waiting for the result for 29th October. What response did you get for the same.

  117. Hi Liz

    What does exactly mean by this ” Your IELTS Result permanently withhold” ?

    • It means they will not be released at all. I suggest you contact your test center – this isn’t good news.

      • Isn’t it better to seat for the exam again ? There are no other option left.

      • Hi Liz , would it affect my score if I answered in all caps in reading and listening section, while I didn’t use all caps in my writing section? Took the exam last Nov. 19 and result is still pending.

      • Hi Liz

        I want to recheck my IELTS speaking module..I scored 7.5 and I need 8. This was my second attempt. I scored 8 in my first attempt. Is there any probability I can get extra 0.5 marks after recheck ?
        Also during my speaking test, the examiner forgot to turn on the recorder and after asking me five questions she realised that and started the test again. What can I do on this issue?

        • There is nothing you can do about the examiner forgetting to turn on the recording device. The test was started again in the right way so you still had a full speaking test recorded. For remarking, of course it is possible to get a remark. But getting band 8 in one test, doesn’t mean you will get band 8 in a second. The English language you produce in each test can vary which can account for differences of 0.5. However, I can’t see any reason why you shouldn’t try for a remark. Good luck!

    • You can give your exam again I think. Its an uncertain event.

    • Hi arslan
      From where u was appeared for test? And why ur result is withheld any reason?

  118. Dears,
    i am able to see my result online for 29 oct 2016. but it shows 0 0 0 0 in all components.
    does it mean i got 0 or it mean my result got cancel.

    please reply.

    • You will need to contact your local test center or wait for your certificate.

      • Thanks Liz…..
        well while i am trying to get the result on portal it shows to me my trf# as well.

      • your answer is not clear to me. i will get my result or it will be a sign for me that i will not receive my result.

        • I don’t know how to be clearer. You have two choices – contact your test center to ask them or wait for your certificate to arrive.

          • i call them and they said they don’t know why it is showing on portal but we did not receive your result. we will confirm you later and will inform you via email.

      • i contact my test center and said its from Cambridge not from us. if i would like to ask them what are the point they found in my test do they explain to me? simply i will prepare for next test and attempt.

  119. Hi Liz,
    Would you please give me some suggestions ?
    If my ielts result is cancelled for any reason, can I seat for ielts exam again ?

  120. Hi Liz

    I would like to say that my wife has took the Ielta life skills A1 exam five times, on the 4th attempt her results were withheld for 3 months and it turned out to be fail.

    She resat the exam on the 17th of November and after a week we received a email saying it was chosen randomly for investigation.

    I am confident that these investigation are not random and they are failing people deliberately especially when that person has attempted the exam several times.

    I am confident that my wife should have passed on the 3rd attempt, she speaks English well and has even rolled in an English course at British council.

    Can you please advice me on what I should do, I can not wait another 3months in a country that is not ours there’s a lot of expenses and time wasting. The wife travelled to Egypt to sit the exam cuz there is no test centre in her country. It’s almost 9 months trying to get an A1 pass. 6 months wasted in on pointless investigations without and outcome feedbacks.

    It really is pathetic and causes separation of families.

  121. I took IELTS Academic on 19th Nov and still no result!
    my result is withheld and I have no clue what is going on! Cheating? NO WAY
    I feel blueee. They are playing with my future…I can do nothing…I cannot concentrate…I do have a right to know what is really going on

    • Even I took the exam on 19th at a centre in Kochi. The mail said that I’ll get the result on November 9. Hopefully

      • I also took it….but got no mails from them…no clarification about being withheld or cancelled…
        But guyz give me a suggestion. If my results are cancelled for any reason, can I seat for another ielts exam ????
        Please response

        • Hi Nahid,
          As far as I understand from my concersation with BC, we can resit if results are cancelled-there is no clause on resitting.
          However, you may still recheck with them.

    • Hey marjan! where did u take your test from. I too have my IELTS result for 19th of November withheld!

  122. Well i m feeling more tensed after reading all the comments. I gave my test on 5th of nov it was life skills A1 test n i m still waiting for the result. They said it was a technical issue. But someone said tht it was due to the a lil bit help you provided to the girl sit next to u. Although i did not help anyone .i just said to the examiner tht this girl is not getting what you are saying, just say in that language which she understands 🙁

    • You are able to write to IELTS and explain why situation which you think they should know about. This is explained in the email they sent you.

      • Arianne Delicana says:

        can i ask what i will write in the supporting information that they want me to send to them? they also send an email that i need to write a supporting information.

    • Saman where u gave your result I also gave my result on 5th of Nov but didn’t get my result Nd BC send a mail that your results are being withheld.

  123. Hi everyone,
    My result was delay which was attempted on 29 of October 2016. Is there anyone who has to face with same scenario?

    • Hi I have same scenario appeared on 29 Oct 2016. I am waiting too

    • hi,

      I’m facing same scenario. It’s very disappointing because two of my friends who took the exam same as my schedule dated 29th October got their results already.

      We paid for that and at the same time, they were so strict during the exams, i wonder why they are treating this like a heavy crime that needs to be investigated. The main problem is that I am travelling to my country for a month and the agency is waiting for the test results before they can proceed with my application in Canada. It’s so frustrating that they don’t even apologize for the delay.

    • Hi, same here. I gave GT from Mumbai on 29th oct and ny results are withhled. What I’m worried about is-is the quality check a genuine random checking or is there any other reason behind selecting candidates.
      Please let the wider forum know as soon as anyone gets 29th oct results.

      May Peace Prevail.

  124. Birendra Mahat says:

    Hello Liz !!!
    I am posting this for the third time.

    I had appeared IELTS Exam on 27th August 2016 here in Kathmandu, Nepal. THE RESULTS ARE NOT OUT YET !!!
    Now, it’s just a week away to complete 3 months of shameful scenario created by BC.
    I had contacted to BC-UK office-asked me to wait. How long is the wait? I could complete a short term course/License Exam/my study preparation etc.
    It’s pathetic and hard to wait.

    Any words from you Ms. Liz?

    Regards.

    • As this page explains, there is no time limit for waiting. IELTS have not set a limit. You can see that some students are waiting months and others just a few weeks. It’s a dreadful situation but until IELTS change their procedures, there’s not much to be done.

    • Hey Birendra!
      Did British Council mentioned any probable time in your email? For example 3-4 weeks in minimum….

  125. Mohammad mahmood says:

    I took the exam several times
    The first one on the 2nd of April and the results we’re withheld, but I got my score two months later
    After that, I took the IELTS several times and the last one was on the 5th of November and again results we’re withheld
    How can they investigate me twice?
    I’m really sick of that

  126. Varinder singh says:

    Do any one get result after 3 months of investigation ?

  127. Javed from Hyd says:

    I gave my exam on 29th Oct….instead of result received a msg saying…your results are still under process and will not be released today i.e. 11th Nov. We are working on releasing them to you at the earliest and will update you on the status of your result by 4pm on 18th Nov. We regret the inconvenience and delay in releasing your results. Regards BC. Received this SMS on 11th Nov at 11.30am.

    Later at 1.30pm received a mail saying….As part of quality control procedures designed to protect integrity and security of IELTS test, test results are routinely analysed. Bla bla bla…plz accept our apologies for the delay…next update on 18th Nov.

    Which one to believe?? N do they gonna release the result on 18th Nov or just prolong…quite worried.

  128. I just received my result last november 10 and i didnt achieved my desired score 🙁 L6R6.5W6.5S6.5, but i was suprised that i got sms the following day informing me to disregard the previous result and under investigation. Is there any chance that BC will re evaluate my score or for security purposes only? i dont wanna wait to think that i already failed.

  129. cookie_suezee says:

    Took my test on the 29th of October, and the results were supposed to have come out today. Unfortunately, it didn’t. I’ve been so stressed and I feel like I’m about to have a nervous breakdown, but I’m hanging in there. I just hate feeling this way. The whole waiting thing is pure torture! For those who agree, raise your hands! 🤗😜

    • muhammad ali khan says:

      I have same problem but the concern authorities are not bothering about that,,,,,,,,i don’t understand why are they playing with future of childs

    • Hi Even i took exam on same date at Al Ain University of Science and Technology and my results are under investigation.

      I know i need to wait and be patient but question is how much time i have wait?

      Got stuck because of this.

      Nikhil Chauhan

    • Was it in Al Ain ??? because same thing has happen with me also. I have called BC they said it will take 2 wks more.

    • Have the same issue. I gave my test on 29th oct and received an email that my result is being investigated and have to write a template to support my test band scores!
      should i mention how i prepared myself for an Ielts test about all 4 components?
      this is really disgusting to received such an email and have to wait, how long no one knows!

    • I Took the test too on the 29 Oct 2016, Al Nahda Boys school Abu Dhabi. My result too is withheld. What a chaos? Due to lack of expertise / experience of the exam centre invigilators…. I am sure the papers might have got mixed up. Will the money be refunded or will I be allowed to take a retest at no additional charges?

  130. Mozulonye Chibundo says:

    I made a terrible mistake in the reading test, instead of writing Yes/ No, I wrote True/ False. Am expecting 7, can this singular mistake drastically reduce my score as I’ve been worried ever since.

    • This would be considered an error. Anyway, fingers crossed you can still hit band 7!

      • Mozulonye Chibundo says:

        hello Liz, I want to thank you for your encouragement when I was depressed concerning the mistake I made in my reading test, I did promise that I’ll post my result here when it comes out, it was released today and am so thrilled that I hit my required band score in all the four components.
        They are as follows:
        Speaking 7.0
        Listening 8.0
        reading 7.0
        Writing 8.0
        Overall band score 7.5
        God bless you Liz

    • Mozulonye Chibundo says:

      Thank you very much Liz, I’ll post my result as soon as its released.

  131. mehtab singh says:

    Hi liz,
    I gave ielts test on 24 september 2016 and got my result on time but after one month i got an email that my result has cancelled due to irregularities.I am very woried, could you please tell me what is the meaning of this? Do i need to appear again in exam.I am looking forward for your reply.

    • You should contact your local test center and verify what they mean exactly before you make decisions.

      • Hi Liz,
        same situation with me i received my result card and exact after 20 days i received a horrible email however, my result still available online. L 6.0, R 6.0, W 6.0, S 6.5. i am really worry about this. i don’t know what to do.

        Dear Candidate,
        Re: Notification of cancellation of result

        We refer to the investigation into your IELTS test result of 25 March 2017

        Strict quality control procedures are in place to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test. As a result of these procedures, your test result of the 25 March 2017 came under scrutiny and has been investigated.

        The IELTS application form which you signed states:
        -I understand that the IELTS Test Partners reserve the right to withhold test results temporarily or permanently, if they consider those results to be unreliable for reasons of suspected malpractice or any other irregularity in the test process.
        – I understand that if I am suspected of engaging in any form of malpractice, or do anything that might damage the integrity and security of IELTS, I may not receive a test result, and my test fee will not be refunded.
        – I understand that if any other person attempts to take the IELTS test in my place, both I and such person will be liable to prosecution.
        – I understand that details of any malpractice (including evidence of suspected malpractice) that has been established, is suspected, or is being formally investigated, may be provided to Recognising Organisations, including visa processing authorities and appropriate regulatory authorities.

        The following actions have been taken:
        – Your result has been cancelled. Recognising Organisations will be able to view this outcome online.
        – A report has been made to the IELTS Test Partners

        Any questions relating to your cancelled results should be forwarded to info