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What is the 'pass' score in IELTS?
Candidates receive scores on a Band Scale from 0 to 9. A profile score is reported for each skill. Overall Band Scores and scores for each sub-test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) are reported in whole bands or half bands. There is no pass / fail grading system in the IELTS Tests. Universities / organizations / Embassies etc. set their own test score requirements.
How is my overall band score calculated?

The Overall Band Score is calculated by taking the mean of the total of the four individual sub-test scores. Each of the sub-test scores is equally weighted. Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band. For the avoidance of doubt, the following rounding convention applies; if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Thus, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5 (25 / 4 = 6.25 = Band 6.5).

Likewise, a candidate achieving 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0 (15.5 / 4 = 3.875 = Band 4.0).

On the other hand, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking would be awarded band 6 (24.5 / 4 = 6.125 = Band 6)

For more details, please refer to the IELTS global website: http://www.ielts.org/researchers/score_processing_and_reporting.aspx
Can I cancel my score?
No, but you can choose not to pass on the scores to embassies or universities.
What is the validity period of the test results?
Your test score remains valid for up to two years after the test date. However, some universities, organizations or embassies may have their own regulations concerning the period of validity. Please confirm with your receiving organization before use.
Will a previous test score affect my later score?
No, the scores from each test are independent. You can use the most satisfactory result during its validity.
Can the IELTS band scores be directly compared to scores in TOEFL?
No, they are different language tests designed for different purposes.
How can each candidate get a fair score from his/her examiner? Are there any differences from examiner to examiner?
All band scores are based on the candidate's performance on the test day using the same assessment criteria to ensure fairness. Systematic monitoring and double marking of a proportion of answer sheets is carried out at each administration. All IELTS examiners are fully trained and their performance is regularly monitored.
Can I get my score by telephone, fax or e-mail?
No, you cannot. In order to maintain a strictly confidential service, the test results are only disclosed on the TRF or you can visit our Online IELTS Results Service to review your test results. Please note that the website information is only for your reference only and your test result is based solely on your TRF.
How will I get my TRF?
You can collect your report yourself or you want it mailed. Please inform the invigilator when you arrive the speaking test venue. No changes can be made after the speaking test. If you want us to send you your test report, the report will send out to you by registered mail. All test reports will be sent on the 13th day after the written test and the post office requires 1 to 3 days to process registered mail. . The registered mail tracking No. is provided by Examinations Services of the British Council. This applies only to those who completed all the modules of the written and speaking tests and had their photograph taken on the test day successfully.
Where can I find the precise online result tracking and TRF issuance dates?
The online result service and TRF issuance dates are the 13th day after the written test date. Candidates are advised to use to the IELTS Test Dates Checking System to check the precise online result and TRF issuance dates.
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