Test results: IELTS band score system

Information on IELTS band score system and test reports. Should you apply for a UK Visa, please check important notices to candidates given below.

IELTS band scale

There is no pass or fail mark.
Scores are given on an Overall Band Score of 1.0 to 9.0.

Different institutions have their own entrance requirements and may require minimum scores in particular modules. In general, universities request an Overall Band Score of 6.0 or 6.5 for entrance to academic courses. You are advised to check the requirements with the respective institution to which you are applying.

Test report

Scores are recorded on an official Test Report Form, showing overall ability, as well as performance in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The results of your IELTS test will be issued 13 days after you have taken the test. It is not possible to give test results over the telephone or by e-mail.
If your request is made within 1 month (30 days) from the day of issue of your personal TRF, we are able to send additional TRFs to maximum of five institutions / organisations free of charge.
If you require more than five extra copies to be sent to institutions, or your request is made more than 1 month (30 days) after the day of issue of your personal TRF, you will need to pay 1,050JPY per extra copy of the Test Report Form. The test results are valid for two years.

  • *Please note that this online result is provisional and should not be used as an official confirmation of your achievement. Eiken Foundation of Japan will not accept any responsibility in the event that your result fails to display here, whether due to a technical fault or administrative procedure.
  • Online IELTS Results Service

Important notice to candidates applying for a UK Visa

The UK Visa application system has been revised as of 31 March 2009 and you may now be required to submit a master copy of the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) as a supporting document when making a Visa application. The Visa Application Centres ask all applicants to submit the original versions of the required documents in person and does not accept any documents which are sent by post. Therefore, the master copy of your TRF, which is sent to all candidates after sitting the IELTS test, may be necessary for your Visa application. We ask that you keep your master copy safe because it may be required for such purposes. Please note that under IELTS international standards, candidates can receive only one copy of the TRF. Under no circumstances can an extra copy be sent to a candidate. If you need to send additional TRFs to educational institutions for entry application, please make a direct request to your IELTS test centre.

Please refer to our below announcement regarding the UK Visas and immigration policy changes addressed by the UK government.

When applying for a UK Visa

Send the master copy of your Test Report Form.

When applying for entry to educational institutions

Make a request for an extra Test Report Form. The test centre will send your TRF to the institutions directly.