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How Often Are Requests for an IELTS Rescore Successful?

IELTS Rescore Requests -magoosh

The IELTS is not an easy test. Sometimes, even though you study as hard as you can, you still do not get the score that you need. If this is the case, and you did well in planning when to take the IELTS, then you will still have some time left to fix your problem.

There are two things that you can do: You can either take the exam again, or you can request that the test you just took be rescored by filing an Enquiry on Results.

If you are thinking about whether you should get yourย IELTS test rescored, you might wonder how often these requests actually work, and result in a better score. The answer is that changes to your IELTS score do happen. However, an increase of a band or more is rare, and it almost never happens on the Listening or Reading sections of the exam. Additionally, the Enquiry on Results process takes a long time, and is expensive.

At the end of the day, the decision of whether to apply for an IELTS rescore is personal, and while this post will give you information on how the rescore process works, the ultimate decision is up to you!

Requesting an IELTS Rescore

After you hand in an Enquiry on Results form, your test will go to the IELTS center in England to be rescored by graders, there. On the form, you can choose which sections you want to have rescored. Whether you want only one section rescored or all of them, the cost is the same, and it takes the same amount of time, so there is little reason not to request a rescore for all of the sections.

However, rescoring your exam often costs as much as taking a new exam, and it takes between 6 and 8 weeks to complete.

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Listening and Reading Scores are Rarely Changed

The answers that you give for your Listening and Reading sections are usually just one word, or even just a single letter. When graders first look at your answers, there is often very little question if they are correct or not. Even if your handwriting is bad, it will be rare for another grader to change your score.

As a result, if the scores that you are not satisfied with were either for Listening or for Reading, requesting an IELTS rescore will rarely make a difference.

Writing and Speaking Scores Only Change Slightly

Your scores for the Writing and Speaking sections of the IELTS are more difficult to grade. Different graders are more likely to disagree about whether your score is correct or not. However, all of the IELTS graders go through lots of training, so it is rare for them to disagree by more than a point: Some might argue about whether your score should be changed from a 6.5 to a 7, but rarely about whether it should be a 7.5.


If you did not get the score that you needed on the IELTS, but only missed by half of a band on the Speaking or Writing sections, requesting a rescore of your exam might not be a bad idea. However, it will take a long time for the new scores to come back, and can be expensive (though you will get your money back if your score does go up).

On the other hand, if you need a higher score on the Reading or Listening sections, or need more than an entire band increase in your score, requesting an IELTS rescore probably wonโ€™t get you what you need.

**Please note we can no longer provide individual re-scoring advice in the comments on this blog post (we just don’t have the resources). However, if you scroll through the comments you will likely find someone in a similar situation as your own. We wish you the best on your IELTS!**

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130 Responses to How Often Are Requests for an IELTS Rescore Successful?

  1. Ankit July 7, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    I got my IELTS (GT)results today and got the following scores
    Listening 9.0
    Reading. 9.0
    Writing. 7.5
    Speaking. 8.0
    I require 8 in each module
    This was my second attempt. On my first attempt (academic module), I got the following scores
    Listening 8.0
    Reading. 8.0
    Writing. 7.5
    Speaking. 7.0
    Should I resit the test or should I go for revaluation as I only need 0.5 increase in writing? Please advise.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

      First off– WOW! Those are some impressive scores! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would suggest going for re-evaluation, since an increase of 0.5 isn’t uncommon when you ask for score review. However, a boost to your score is far from guaranteed. So I recommend also preparing for a retake, just in case, while you wait for your rescore results.

      • juairia selim January 25, 2018 at 7:27 am #

        today i got my result too
        i got the following scores

        Listening: 7
        Reading: 6.5

        now should i go for recheck for my speaking?

    • Sumi September 3, 2017 at 9:10 am #

      Did u apply for remarking and what was the result?

    • Abha September 22, 2017 at 7:28 am #

      Hi, my IELTS score is Listening 8.5, Reading 7.5, Speaking 7.5, Writing 6.5. I need 7 in writing. Should i try for EOR. Can it make a difference.

      • Akshay February 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

        Hi abha…did u apply for the EOR ?

      • Arun February 21, 2018 at 3:54 am #

        hi did you re apply, i am kind of in your situation. did it help you get your score increased

    • Taka October 17, 2017 at 9:34 am #

      How was your final result? If possible, I would get your ideal writing details.
      I am going to ask my teacher about the problem.
      He was the IELTS marker.

    • Shi October 28, 2017 at 3:10 am #

      My ielts score is r9 l9 s8 w7.5 I need 8 in writing should I go for recheck ?

  2. Gina August 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    I am wondering if i should apply for a remark, because my reading score is low

    Lis 8 / Speak 8.5 / Writing 7.5 / Readin 6.5

    I had a really great reading exam , i dont understand my score… it is shocking honestly

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      Hi Gina,

      This is ultimately a personal decision, but make sure you are prepared to deal with the financial commitment that a re-score will require of you. Based on the results for the rest of your test, I can see why you are inclined to ask for a re-score. But keep in mind that you are looking for a change in a skill that usually does not see a change (reading and listening are way less likely to change). I wish you luck making your decision!

      • jaskirat powar December 22, 2017 at 10:41 am #

        Hii!! I also got 6.5 in reading and in other modules more than 7.. pls let me know is it worth to go for rechecking in ielts reading

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 22, 2017 at 10:54 am #

          Hi Jaskirat,

          This is a personal decision and we really can’t provide any more information than what we already give in this blog! I recommend that you read some of the other comments and see if there are any comments that can help you to make this decision. Good luck!

    • Karan September 23, 2017 at 2:44 am #

      Hello Gina.. Did you apply for recheck in Reading part. I have a same case.. Got 6.5 in reading, i expected 7-8 in reading. Last tine it was 9 for me. So i want to understand and see if there are any cases where recheck got successful for Reading or Listening.

      • Jyo October 24, 2017 at 1:38 am #

        Even I have got reading 6.5 compared to other modules , where in I scored 7 each. Please let me know if you found success in reading re-evaluation .

        • bryl January 23, 2018 at 2:14 am #

          are you a nurse? you should apply in ireland! they only require 6.5 in LR and 7.0 in WS

    • Rizzu Sooden December 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

      hi GINA ..i suffered in the same manner like you….please update me what happened with you…my email is

  3. Prabhjot singh August 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    I got L 6.0 R 5.5 W 5.0 S 6.0
    I need 5.5 in writing should i have to go for rechecking
    please help me

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

      Hi Prabhjot,

      So, I will be honest and say that requesting for rescoring is always a tricky decision to make, and at the end of the day, it will need to be your decision. As the article states, a rescoring request has high costs (e.g., price and time). It is the same as retaking the exam. That being said, if you’re looking at only a half band increase in writing, it is not unreasonable to do the request. Writing is much harder to grade and there are differences in opinions between graders, so seeing a 0.5 increase is definitely possible! But, there is no guarantee. It will be your decision here, but there are no bad options here. If it’ll give you a peace of mind, then rescore! If the costs aren’t worth it, then consider a retake. I hope this helps a little. Good luck–you’ve got this! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • rajinder January 18, 2018 at 11:58 pm #

      Hii i got 6.5 in speaking,6 in lisetning,6 in reading but 5.5 in writing but last time it was 6 in writing.should i apply for reassesment.pls give advice

    • gagandeep brar February 18, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

      Hey prabhjot you got 5.5 band in writing after recheking bro ??

  4. md. salim September 7, 2017 at 2:18 am #

    i got my IELTS result last week. i got overall 6.0
    I need overall 6.5 to apply for masters in Canada,for that i need 0.5 in any of sections.
    should i go for remark or resit for IELTS?
    please suggest me what will be wise.
    thanks & best regards

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 7, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      Since 2 of your sixes are in Listening and Reading, I’d say it’s probably not worth it to ask for a rescore. As mentioned in the article, Listening and Reading scores are almost never changed. The odds of getting both of those changed and getting a successful rescore in Writing are very low. But raising your score form a 6 to a 6.5 after retake is actually pretty common. So I’d say go for more study and a retake. You’ve got a good chance of success if you do it that way.

  5. Manu adams September 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    hi, my scores are

    I really need 7 more speaking. Is there any chance that a revaluation will help me. What do you think ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Manu,

      It is not super likely that you are going to get a better score with the rescore; your money would be better spent on a new IELTS sitting, honestly. But if you are determined, feel free to try! Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. niroshan October 13, 2017 at 12:46 am #

    My results were L-7 R-6 W-5.5 S-7
    I need writing 6 please advice is it worth of re -checking?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2017 at 10:17 am #

      If you have the money to request the rescore, it is worthwhile, but you should be making plans to take the test again, too. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Simar October 18, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    hlo ..My Scores are -R-6 , L-7.5, W-5.5 ,S-5.5 ..I want 0.5 bands to reach 6.5 .Is there any chance that re- evaluation will solve my problm ..plzz tell how many chances will b there as i m quite upset

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2017 at 10:18 am #

      Hi Simar, there is a small chance, but in most cases you will have to prepare for a retake instead. I know this is not the results you were hoping for, but you are on the cusp of the scores you need. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. sajan October 21, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    Hlo..i got 6.5 band in ielts..L-8,R-6,S-6.5 but my writing band is 5.5 and i need 6 band in writing..please sugest me should i fill EOR?

  9. Paola Schietekat October 27, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    My scores were
    Reading: 8.5
    Speaking: 8.5
    I was really surprised to get a 7 in Writing since I did really well, I met the word count and used (DID NOT OVERUSE) advanced vocabulary. It was particularly surprising because I did the CPE and got an A (equal to C2) and Iยดve published articles. Should I get my test remarked?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Paola,

      first of all, congrats on a strong IELTS score! I know you aren’t happy with the 7 Writing score, but regardless you took a difficult test and got a good score! This is a tough decision, and it’s one that you should consider fully before deciding. It sounds like you are pretty sure that you should have gotten a stronger score, so you might be one of the people who does get an improved score. However, consider whether the cost and time associated with the rescore is worth a slight increase in score–after all, most people only improve by a half a point, if at all. You should also consider whether this half a point is really important to your target schools. If you already met the requirements for the university, it may not be necessary for you to get a rescore, especially if you will take other tests that allow you to showcase your writing skills. Also keep in mind that a rescore can take 6-8 weeks. I can’t tell you what to do in this situation, but I hope these considerations help you to make the best decision for yourself!

  10. Ateayeh October 28, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    My Ielts General score was: L: 8.5 R: 8.5 S: 7 W: 6

    I got really schocked by the writing score, although the speaking was below my expectation too. I had done many tests before and my writing was always either 6.5 or 7 in both general and academic modules. This time I practiced more and more, as I needed 7 in writing and I was really happy by my writing in the exam and I was completely sure I would get very good result, so the result was scocking for me. There are some rumors in my country that the writing scores have decreased intentionally in the recent months, so you have to reseat the test several times. As I am pretty confident about my writing in the exam, would you suggest me to request a remark to get the desired results or not. How likely is it to have 1 point change in my writing score? Thank you a lot.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Ateayeh,

      First of all, congrats on taking the IELTS and for getting a solid score. I’m sorry to hear that you aren’t satisfied with the writing score–I know it’s frustrating to feel confident in your abilties after working so hard and still not reach your target score. We haven’t heard any rumors about IELTS making the writing section more difficult on purpose. The decision of whether to go for a reevaluation really depends on your personal situation and confidence in your writing skills. A score increase of .5 isn’t uncommon, but getting a full 1 point increase is more rare. If you really need to reach that 7 score for writing, however, I would recommend that you study for a retake while waiting for your results. It can take 6-8 weeks for a score to be reevaluated, and you don’t want to wait if you must re-take the exam!

  11. Anu Shaji October 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    I got my IELTS test result couple of days ago. I scored an 8 overall with L9 R8 W6.5 S7. I need a 7 in my writing. Iโ€™m planning to give my writing section for a revaluation. Do you think Iโ€™d get what I am hoping for…? Otherwise, Iโ€™ll simply have to retake the test again, just for losing a 0.5 score.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Anu Shaji,

      A .5 increase in a writing score isn’t uncommon–if you are confident with your writing performance on the test and truly think that it was scored in error, then you have a decent chance at reaching your score. However, if you do decide to ask for a rescore, I would recommend that you study for a retake while waiting for the results–just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Biken October 28, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    Hello ,

    My score l-7 r-6 r-6 s-5
    What can I do please suggest me?

  13. Divya Natarajan November 4, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Hi I got my result last week . I scored L 8.5, R 7.5 W 6.5 S 7.5 . My exam was conducted by idp in India . Is there any possibility of getting an increase of .5 in my writing ?
    Suggestions pls

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Hi Divya,

      There is a chance that a rescore will increase that score, but there is also a chance that it will not change OR that it will go down, so only request a rescore if you are very confident that you wrote well enough that it deserves that increase. It’s technically always a risk when you request it. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Vishav November 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm #


    I have received my result yesterday and very much disappointed with writing score.

    L – 8
    R – 9
    S – 7.5
    W – 6 and I need 7.

    Is it good to go for Reevaluation? Any chance of increase? Like what is the success ratio?

    Or Shall I resit?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Vishav,

      While it is totally possible to get a 6 raised to a 7, it is unlikely, and your time (and money) would likely be better spent on a resit. That said, the choice is ultimately yours, so we wish you luck regardless of what you choose!

    • A.D December 3, 2017 at 1:30 am #

      good pm. As I understand,from my query with the British council on EOR , either it will change or stay the same. I asked to confirm if theres a chance it will get lower ,but they assured that either it will ho higher or no change at all. Can someone kindly share their experience from remarkable ng if this is true?

  15. Rajeev November 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    Hi Magoosh,

    Can scores downgrade on an EOR?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi Rajeev,

      Yes, they absolutely can go down, so you want to take that into account when you decide to request a rescore. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Babycakes November 7, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Hi I would like to get your opinion. I recently got my ielts score r-8.5,l-8.5,w-6,s-6.5.. I need a band score of 7 in my speaking do you think it’s worth to try to do a recheck?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

      Hello! It is definitely possible to get an increase, but a recheck does not guarantee an increase, so you have to also be prepared for that score to stay where it is or even possibly decrease. If you have the money to ask for that, though, it is worth a try! Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kritti December 15, 2017 at 5:07 am #

        Hey. I got 8.5 listening. 7 rellwriting. 7 speaking. And 6m5 in writing.. I need .5 more in writing.
        I had a good exam. I wrote it in pencil. I doubt IDP.. as it was my first attempt. Should I apply for rescore.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

          Hi Kritti,

          You seem like a reasonable candidate for a rescore, but you should also make arrangements to take the test again if the results of the rescore are not what you hoped. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Sandeep November 10, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    Hiii, got my ielts result today. Its R-8.5,L-8,S-8.5,W-6 overall 8.
    Shd i go for eor in writing or reappear for test.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      Wow, that is a dramatic difference. I would go for a rescore because I do not think your 6 will likely decrease. If you have the money for a rescore, I say go for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jyoti sharma November 11, 2017 at 6:17 am #

    Hi,i recently received my result L 8.5 S 7.5 W 7 R 6.5
    As i was quite confident about my reading performance,such a low score of 6.5 came as a big shock to me.However ,later i came to know about a blunder done by me that i answered 6 of my true false and not given questions by writing their initials T F and NG only in the answer sheet.I am quite upset by my this blunder and want to apply for revaluation now.I read somewhere that the checking is done manually in remark and once a boy who had done same mistake had got improved bands after remark.
    Kindly suggest should i go for remark and is there any hope for me now??

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

      If you have the money for a rescore, by all means try! It is not guaranteed that the human checker will give you the same treatment as this boy, but it is worth a shot! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sam November 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi Jyoti,

      You should go ahead by all means, I believe you should go ahead and will get an upgrade.

  19. Carolita November 12, 2017 at 3:14 am #

    Hi, I just got my results:
    R: 9, L: 8, S: 6.5, W: 6. Three months ago I took CAE advanced test and I got 197 in Speaking AND writing (equivalent to a 7.5 in Ielts), 185 in Speaking (equivalent to a 7 in Ielts) and 177 in Listening (6.5). I’m thinking of asking for a remark, because how is it possible I lost 1 1/2 band in Writing and 1/2 in Speaking??? I would really appreciate your advise, thanks!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

      Hi Carolita,

      If you truly feel that your performance was better, by all means go for a rescore! But I do want to point out that the CAE and IELTS are different exams, and sometimes the different expectations for how you answer questions can result in significantly different scores despite the same student taking them. So please take some time to consider how you think you performed according to each test’s expectations before you commit to a rescore. And regardless of what you do, good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Harsh November 13, 2017 at 4:17 am #


    I appeared for GT module test on Oct 14, 2017.
    I got below scores:


    Do you suggest that I should apply for revaluation? If I get 7 in writing, it increases my chances of a higher score for Canada PR.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

      Hi Harsh,

      You can certainly try to rescore, but because the writing score is not dramatically lower than your other scores, you should be prepared for that score not to change. Wishing you the best luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. RAVAL November 13, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    Hi.. I recently got the result in General Training

    Earlier in Academic Training I had got 7.5 in writing module. Is it advisable to go for recheck?

    Also, I have heard somewhere that if the band score has a difference of 2 in different modules, it is automatically rechecked. Is this true or just a myth?

    Thanks in advance for a reply.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

      We do not know for sure what internal safeguards they might have, but I would say you are a good candidate for rescoring due to the significant differences between your highest and lowest scores. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Kalpana November 13, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    My scores are Reading 9, speaking 8, listening 7.5 and writing 6.5
    I am considering reevaluation. Is it a good idea? I am hoping at least 7 or 7.5 in writing. How often do they change writing scores?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Kalpana,

      We have no more information than what this post already shares, but you seem like a good rescore candidate because the writing score is significantly lower than the rest of your sections. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Menna November 15, 2017 at 1:26 am #

    hi, i took the test and got 7 in speaking i expected more because i didn’t pause or stutter and my pronunciation was good. in the writing i got 6 although i should get a higher mark
    so i don’t know what i did wrong, can you tell me if there is something i am missing, and if i should get my exam remarked ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Menna,

      Even flawless native speakers aren’t guaranteed a perfect score on a test like the TOEFL or IELTS. Part of it (a large part, don’t get me wrong) is your English ability but you are also actively tested on your adherence to the format and expectations of the raters. I suspect that while you probably produced great text/speech, you did not perfectly respond to your prompts as asked, and this affects your score. It’s frustrating but very common!

  24. Karan November 16, 2017 at 3:57 am #


    I have given IELTS academic and my score is

    S- 8

    I applied for re-evaluation for writing as I need 7 in writing. While I am waiting of my re-evaluation result, I have also undertaken another Ielts exams due to time constraint.

    Just someone mentioned to me today, that I have wasted money on re-evaluation as now re-evaluation result will not have any value since I already appeared for IELTS exams again?

    Is that right?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 16, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      Hi Karan,

      To my knowledge, you can still get an IELTS rescore even if you took a new exam while waiting for the results. There’s no mention of a retake negating a rescore on the official IELTS web page about score review. Moreover, a new IELTS score doesn’t cancel an earlier one, and a re-score would still count as an earlier score.

    • Jen February 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      Hi Karan,

      I received similar score results and wanted to check if you have received your results from the re evaluation. Did your writing score improve.

  25. Joy November 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

    Hi, i just received my ielts academic scores:
    L- 8.5
    R- 7.5
    W- 7
    S- 6.5

    I need 7 in speaking. This is my second attempt and i am pretty sure this time that my performance was way better than my first try in speaking. I was surprised that the result was the same given that there questions in part 1 which were repeated and I answered it correctly. On the 1st sitting, i admit that i did not answer the same question properly in part 1 but this time i answered it nicely plus i know that my answers are mostly on point except for some grammatical errors. Do you think it’s worthy to ask for EOR. Your response will be highly appreciated๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

      Hi Joy,

      I think an EOR could be beneficial in your case because the speaking score looks like a bit of an outlier, especially if you felt good about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Rosie November 20, 2017 at 11:54 pm #


    I sat the test on the 2nd of November and my results (Academic module) are:

    S 6.5
    L 8.5
    W 7
    R 7.5

    The reason I was very surprised is because of the Speaking part. I used lots of high-level words (not overuse) and I went in depth in all my answers. Overall. my performance was far better than last year when I got 7.5 (how can they decrease my score by one band?!). I have applied for a EOR and i have been told it should take approximately 2 weeks. I feel like IELTS is a rip-off more than an accurate testing-system.
    Can you please give me your opinion?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 21, 2017 at 6:24 am #

      Hi Rosie,

      I’m sorry to hear about your scores–I know it’s disappointing to see your scores decrease on the second round after studying and working so hard to improve! It’s really hard for us to make any sort of analysis on your test results, however. We do sometimes see decreases in band scores that are caused by many things, including test stress and overconfidence, so it’s hard to know what might have happened here. I know that’s not the answer you were looking for, and I’m sorry about that! I hope that your EOR is successful!

  27. Hemant chauhan November 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    Hii. I got
    L R W S
    7 6 6 5
    I need only .5 band in speaking . is EOR is a good option for me ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Hemant,

      I know that this is a difficult decision, and it’s one that we can’t make for you. You should consider your test and think about whether you think you should have gotten a higher score. It’s not guaranteed that you will get a higher score with a retake, so we only recommend that students do it if they are pretty confident that they should have gotten a better score. I’m sorry this isn’t more helpful, but I wish you the best of luck!

  28. veejoy November 22, 2017 at 4:26 am #

    hello i got a score of L8, R6.5,S6.5,W6. I need a score of 7 in writing and speaking. is it a good idea to get a recheck.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi Veejoy,

      This is a personal decision that you have to make, and I encourage you to read this blog post (and other comments) carefully as you make your decision. I wish you the best of luck!

  29. jprime November 22, 2017 at 5:14 am #


    My previous results oin my first attempt was L 7 R 7 S 6.5 W 6 . I took the exam with not much preparation.

    However, on my second test, I got L 8 R7.5 S 7 W 6. This time I prepared more on my writing and speaking, especially in writing( not so much on the other two ) . I wrote essays everyday and got it checked online and sometimes by my friend (who had an 8 in writing). My grammar, vocabulary, paragraphing was a lot better compared to the first according to my friends and my self assessment; nevertheless, I still got a 6 after all the preparation i have done. My friend told me that I should get an EOR.

    It is really confusing, because on my first attempt, admittedly, my task 1 and 2 was cr@ppy. I knew that i would fail. On my 2nd try, i felt good about my essays. I even got the chance to proof read it, unlike my first ; however , I still got a six.

    Long story short, are there instances that a band 6 would change to band 7? Thank you, I just need somewhere i could vent out my frustrations, besides my friends and family

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi there,

      It is possible for a band 6 in writing to change to a band 7 in a rescore, but it’s not that common. Ultimately, this is a personal decision that nobody else can make for you! I encourage you to consider your target score and what is acceptable for your application. I’m sorry that I can’t be more helpful! I encourage you to read this blog post and the other comments carefully as you make your decision, I wish you the best of luck.

  30. Neo November 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi I got my Ielts GT results today L 8.5 R 9.0 S 8.5 W 6.5. I need a 7 for each. Would it be worth it to try a remark? I was really thinking Iโ€™d get a 7 for Writing. Thanks.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      If your general performance is high and all you need is a 0.5 boost in one section, it’s an ideal time to take a rescore. There are no guarantees of course. But even if your rescore is unsuccessful, with your high English skill, you can likely get to a 7 in writing in a retake, should a retake become necessary.

  31. Saksham Wadhwa November 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm #

    i got L-6.5,R-6.5,S-6.5,W-5.5 should i apply rechecking in writing i need only 0.5
    Because my requirement is no less than 6

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      I think that’s absolutely worth trying. There’s no guarantee, but .5 isn’t much of a change, and a rescore just might do the trick.

  32. Tracy November 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    I just received my result today:

    Listening 7.5
    Reading 6
    !Writing *5.5*!
    Speaking 6
    Overall 6.5

    I need 6 for each band. Last time I got speaking 5.5 writing 5.5
    I felt I did better than last time. *-*
    Should I go for EOR?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      It definitely is worth a shot in this case. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, so you should also prepare for a retake just in case you need one after the rescore results.

  33. Selam November 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

    My first IELTS attempt was in June in Ethiopia. At that time my speaking score was 6.5, L-8, R-7.5,W-6.5. I took my second IELTS test on 11th November in Uganda because I needed 7 in writing but I was given a score of 5.5 in speaking despite the fact that I have shown visible improvements from the last time I took it. My concern is that if it is marked by the same person who interviewed me during the speaking test, his judgment might not be fair because Ugandan people speak English very well and the Ugandan examiners might raise the assessment level. Hence, my question is can get a remark from the main test centers outside Uganda?

    P.S. My current score is L-7.5, R-7, W-7,S-5.5

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      That’s a really good question. Sometimes re-scores are done at a centralized location outside of the country where the test was taken, and sometimes they’re done in country. Obviously, the smaller the country, the more likely it is that rescores are done out of country. Uganda’s mid-sized, so it’s a little hard to say. To see if your rescore will be done out of country, check with your Ugandan test center. They should know the answer for that. Also, even if you fell a little short of Ugandan standards, congratulations on test scores that are very impressive over all. From the sound of things, I bet you can bounce back in Speaking, even in Uganda if you need to.

  34. Vj November 24, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    I got my IELTS result today:

    L 9
    R 8.5
    W 6
    S 7

    Really disappointed with my score in W and S. I thought my test went off really well.
    Should I apply for remarking?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      That depends on just how disappointed you are in W and S. If you only fell a little bit short of the score you hoped for, then a rescore is more likely to get you what you want. A boost of .5 or 1 is often possible in a rescore (but not guaranteed). On the other hand, if you’re looking for a 1.5 increase or more, a rescore is less likely to get you to where you want to be. Either way, I’d say you should plan for a retake just in case. That way, if you decide not to do a rescore or if you get a rescore but it doesn’t increase your points, you’ll be ready to retry the whole test.

      • Vj November 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

        Hi. Thx for the reply.
        Score is 7.5
        Minimum required was 6 overall
        Need a .5 increase to get 8.
        I need my to submit my TRF after 12-14 weeks, so going in for EOR in W and S modules.

        • Vj December 3, 2017 at 3:12 am #

          EOR applied.
          Fingers crossed….will post the outcome once I receive the result.

  35. Vine November 25, 2017 at 5:18 am #

    I took ielts through idp i got 6.5 in speaking but after that i took by British council i got 6.0 which is really disappointing..i apply for recheck but the result was unchange and i lose 6500rs..they play with the life of students..never go for ielts ..better to take gre or tofl.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 10:35 am #

      I’m sorry to hear you had such a bad experience taking the IELTS. That definitely sounds frustrating. I have a few thoughts on your comments and your situation. First, test-takers should know that IDP and British Council adminsiter the exact same IELTS test– they don’t have their own unique versions of the exam. However, IDP and BC can charge different fees.

      Second, I really do sympathize with your frustration with fees and the complexity of re-scoring. But know that the GRE and TOEFL also have fees comparable to the costs of the IELTS, and have their own sometimes-complicated rescore processes. With that said, there definitely are some students who find the TOEFL easier than the IELTS. For anyone who’s considering the TOEFL as an IELTS alternative, Kate has written a good side-by-side comparison of TOEFL vs. IELTS over at the Magoosh TOEFL Blog.

  36. sofia November 27, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    i got in listening 7.5, reading -6.5 writing 5.5 and speaking 7 ..plz suggest me whether i shall go for eor as i want 0.5 band more in writing ..

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 28, 2017 at 10:17 am #

      If you truly need a 6 or higher in IELTS Writing and will be disqualified at your current 5.5 score, a rescore couldn’t hurt. 0.5 is a small increase, and a rescore, if successful, just might get you there. However, as mentioned in this article, rescores are slow and are not absolutely guaranteed. So if you get a rescore, I also recommend preparing for a retake, just in case.

  37. Kirandeep kaur November 29, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    Hii mu ielts score is 6.5
    L 7.5
    R 6
    W 7
    S 5.5
    M nt confident that i can get same on next try…so can i fill revaluation as i need not less than 6 to get admission in canada colleges

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

      Hi Kirandeep,

      You are always welcome to apply for re-evaluation, but please keep in mind that it is no guarantee. If you are ready for the outcome to go either way, you are a good candidate for a re-evaluation. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. oscar November 29, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    Hi , I just received my scores of the IELTS General training. They are listening 8, reading 7, writing 6.5 and speaking 7. Even though my lowest score is writing, I’m very sure that my reading should be higher. For taking the exam, I had to travel to Peru from Bolivia because we don’t have IELTS in Bolivia. So based on my situation. Do you think that asking for a rescore could be feasible?. Is it possible to get an 8 from 7 in reading?
    Please, I would like to know your opinion.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi Oscar,

      I can totally understand wanting a higher score, but remember that you are not guaranteed any change if you ask for a rescore. If you truly feel that you should have done better, you can ask, but the reading score is not likely to increase the same way speaking/writing would, so be careful. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. ravi December 1, 2017 at 6:16 am #


    My scores are as follows, i need 6.0 in reading can i apply for re-evaluation in reading.

    L 7.0

    R 5.5

    W 7.0

    S 7.0

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 1, 2017 at 11:27 am #

      It’s very rare for a re-evaluation to change your Reading score, since IELTS Reading is scored by answer key, not by human judgement. You certainly can apply for a rescore, but there’s a good chance your score in Reading will remain the same.

  40. Aaqib December 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    My overall band iis 7 (L-8.5, R-7.5, W-6.5, S-6), most of the university want 6.5 in each section, Should I apply for rescore?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Aaqib, thanks for reaching out! The decision of whether or not to request a rescore is one that is up to you and depends on your circumstances. Before doing anything, you should contact your university and ask about the lower speaking score and whether it effects your changes of admission. That being said, it’s fairly common to see an increase of .5 points. If you are able to afford it and feel that it is important, then a rescore might be a good idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Gurwinder December 15, 2017 at 1:33 am #

    My overall band score is 6 (L 6.0 W6.5 R6.0 S 5).I need 5.5 each so should i go for rechecking my speaking ?

  42. Leo December 15, 2017 at 4:58 am #

    Hi. Good day. I just found out my IELTS results under Academic Module. I got the following scores: L-8.0, R-6.5, W-6.5 S-7.5. I think all is fine except for the writing. I need to get at least 7.0. Do you think it is reasonable for me to request for a re-mark?


  43. Raj December 15, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    My scores are as follows, i need 6.0 in writing can i apply for re-evaluation

    L – 6.5
    R – 6.5
    W – 5.5
    S – 6.0

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Raj,

      You can definitely apply for re-evaluation, but there is no guarantee that the result will be what you want. If you choose to, good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Singh December 19, 2017 at 5:01 am #

    My score is

    R – 7.5
    W – 6.5
    S – 7.5
    L – 8

    Need 7 in writing. Should i go for rescore?

  45. joya December 28, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    i got 6.5 in writing and speaking exam last November. I immediately book for a re-mark after receiving the result since I need 7 in speaking. The guy in BRitish Council told me that it will take 6 weeks.
    This is my 7th week and until now i haven’t receive any news yet. Is there a chance for me to get the score that I need?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 30, 2017 at 7:55 am #

      Hi Joya,

      There have been some holiday seasons that happened between your test date and now, so I would wait a little longer, still. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karuna January 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

      Hi Joya,

      How long does the remark process take? Have you received the results?

  46. Faisal December 31, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    Hi. I appeared in IELTS test on 16th Dec 2017 and i got following score.
    L7.5, R6.5, W7.5, S7.
    I need 7 in all modules. I performed reading module better and hoping for getting 7 band. Shall i go for re-evaluation? How much is the success rate for chnage to 0.5 band in reading? Please guide me.

  47. NewBie January 1, 2018 at 11:12 am #


    I got my ielts results as:
    L: 8
    R: 7.5
    S: 7
    W: 6
    Could you please advise if I should go for the remark of speaking and writing as i was expecting more than I have got

  48. Prabha January 2, 2018 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Magoosh Test Prep Expert,

    I had given my Academic IELTS at IDP – fourth time ( Earlier three times with BC) India and got my results.

    L- 8.0
    R- 7.0
    W- 6.5
    S- 8.0
    Overall- 7.5

    I am thinking of applying for remarking. All my 5 mentors are suggesting to apply for remarking. I badly need 0.5 in writing to get 7.0 in writing. I was getting 6.5 in writing all my previous three attempts. Can you please provide your inputs considering the past history and success rate? Also I heard that if some of the scores EX: Speaking, Listening etc are high, there is more chances of getting success in remarking in other areas. Ex: Writing.

    Looking forward your reply to proceed further.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Prabha,

      I’m afraid we can no longer provide personalized advice for rescores. I recommend that you look through the comments on this blog–there are many students who have been in your same situation.

  49. ALEN MATHEW January 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm #


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      6.5 is pretty close to your target score of 7. So I’d say that a re-mark may be worth a try here, especially if you’re pretty sure you could have gotten a 7. (It may help to think carefully about how you did and review the official IELTS Band descriptors for Task 1 and Task 2.)

      Re-scores are never guaranteed of course. But you’ve got the best chance you can possibly have, with a score of 6.5. At that score, you also have the best possible chance of getting a 7 or higher on a re-TAKE. So I’d say study to sit the IELTS again, while you wait for your re-score results. Either way, you have a good chance of getting the 7 you need. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Karuna January 18, 2018 at 11:31 pm #


    My results are L-8.5, R-8, W-6.5, S-8 Overall-8

    I am planning to apply for remark in Writing. I got W-7 twice in my previous attempts. Shall I apply for remark or I should go for retake?

  51. Ash January 19, 2018 at 3:12 am #

    Hi Magoosh,
    I received my IELTS test result today.
    L-7.5, R-6, W-6, S-5.5

    I am very shocked at my speaking result as my speaking test was good and I was expecting at least 6.5 or 7 but unfortunately, I got 5.5.
    I need at least of 0.5 increase in speaking for university admission and I’m thinking to get my speaking remarked.
    In my opinion, the marking style for speaking and writing is unjustified because 5 years ago I scored 6 in speaking and in these 5 years my English speaking ability has definitely gone higher.
    what do you recommend 0.5 band increase is possible in speaking module.
    Apart from that If I consider my writing to be remarked as well but I’m worried what if they give a decreased score. Is it true that you can also receive a decreased score?
    I will look forward to your reply.

  52. Xin January 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

    Hello, I got the following result on 01/06/2018 test, I got Listening 8.0, Reading 8.0,
    Writing 8.0, and speaking 6.5. I need advise on whether I should go request a remark on my speaking part. I need a 7 band.

  53. arun January 24, 2018 at 2:24 am #

    Hii sir my score is l-6.5 r-6.5 w-6.5 s-7 I need 7 in writing.can I apply for reevaluation?

  54. Hak January 26, 2018 at 8:45 am #

    Hi there!

    Anyone can give some advice whether I should go for remarking or not!

    I just got my result today.

    L 6.5
    R 7.0
    W 5.5
    S 6.0

    I need writing 7. Actually, I have prepared a lot for my writing and last time I could get a 6 in my writing.

    Any suggestions, please.

    • Hak January 26, 2018 at 8:54 am #

      ****** I need only a 6 in writing! Should I go for remarking?

  55. Saeed February 2, 2018 at 4:37 am #

    Hi everyone!
    I took iELTS 2 weeks ago and my result just came out!
    L: 9, R:8.5, S:8, W:6.5! I was highly disappointed when I saw my writing band score! Devasted actually! I have written two scientific papers in english and both of them were well recieved! I immediately filed an appeal! I just need half a point So itโ€™s worth a shot!
    Wish me luck guys

  56. Sadman February 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm #


    I scored in IELTS GT L:8.5 R:8 W:6 and S:7.5 last time my writing score was 7.However, I felt I wrote better than my previous attempt. Do you think I shall go for a Re-check ?

  57. Gita Sharma February 13, 2018 at 4:57 am #

    I have got
    i am disappointed because of the scores of reading as i was pretty much sure about my performance. Should i go for a re-check or a test again?
    Please suggest.

  58. Amandeep Singh February 13, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    Can re-evaluation be requested for only 1 section and not all ? Is there a possibility of band being reduced after re-evaluation ?

    My score has been — L-8.5, W-8, R-9, S-7.5………..I require 8 band in all 4 sections and I think a got slightly lower score in speaking……I am contemplating going for re-evaluation and my understanding is after re-evaluation band score either increases or remains same , but cannot decrease………Please correct me if my understanding is not correct

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 16, 2018 at 5:47 am #

      Hi Amandeep,

      On the Enquiry on Test Results Form, you can choose which sections you want re-scored, but the fee is the same regardless. So, you can request that they ONLY re-evaluate your writing score, but you would still have to pay the full $60.

      It is also possible that your score will go down or stay the same if you ask for a re-score, which is why we recommend that you only go for the re-score if you are pretty sure that your score should have been higher than it was. There is absolutely no guarantee that your score will increase! When you ask for a re-score, you must be ready to deal with whatever new score IELTS gives!

  59. Gursimran singh February 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    Today i got my ielts result
    Lisenting 6.0
    Reading 5.5
    Speaking 5.5
    Writting 5.5
    Can i apply for revaluation of my to modules speaking and writing

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 16, 2018 at 6:00 am #

      Hi Gursimran, we can no longer provide retake advice in the comments, but if you read through other comments you may find some advice on how to move forward! Good luck ๐Ÿ˜€

  60. Nikita February 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm #


    I got my ielts GT result.I got following scores:


    i am disappointed because of the scores of reading as i was pretty much sure about my performance. Should i go for a re-check or a test again?
    I want 0.5 marks more in Reading,Writing and Speaking Section.(8777)

    Please suggest.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 21, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      For an increase of just 0.5 points, it doesn’t hurt to request a rescore. A small change of half a band point is more likely than a bgger change. Remember, though, that no change is guaranteed.

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