Improving your results

What to do if you didn’t get the result you were hoping for


Preparation will give you the best chance of achieving the result you deserve. IELTS is here to help you get ready for your test.

Test format

Get used to the format and content of the IELTS test so that you know what to expect on the day.

Sample questions

Experience the types of tasks you will be asked to undertake in each section of your IELTS test.

Official materials

Work to improve your score with official IELTS books and DVDs and with other preparation support.

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IELTS Progress Check

Progress Check is the official preparation tool for IELTS tests. Online practice tests give you the opportunity to check your progress and boost your confidence ahead of the test, giving you the best possible chance of success.

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Understanding your score

When you get your IELTS test results you will be given an overall test score of between 0–9 on the IELTS scale. You will also get a score for each of the four sections of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The IELTS scale helps organisations understand your level of English.

Request a re-mark

If you are not happy with the result you have been awarded, you can request a review of your score. (Please contact your test centre to find out more.)

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Resitting your test

If you did not receive the score you were hoping for, you can apply to resit your test as soon as you feel ready.

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Retake One Skill

If you did not show your potential in one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking) on test day, IELTS One Skill Retake can help you get back on track by letting you retake just one skill.

IELTS One Skill Retake will be rolled out worldwide during 2023. Find out if your local test centre offers this today.

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