How to Contest Your IELTS Score

Taking the IELTS exam once is stressful enough. But having to take it again can be even worse, especially if you were sure that you got a good enough score the first time. If you feel like you scored higher than your scores show, there is a chance that you are right: Graders, after all, are human beings. They can make mistakes.

If, after thinking it over, you decide that you want to contest your IELTS score, here is what to do.

Step 1: Contact the Center Where You Took the Test

Your first step is to contact the center where you took the test. You will need to complete an Enquiry on Results (EOR) form, which will look something like this. You can get this from the testing center. When you get in touch with the testing center, make sure to find out the cost of submitting an EOR – it changes depending on the testing center.

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Do not wait too long before doing this: You have to hand in a completed EOR within six weeks of taking the IELTS exam.

Step 2: Fill Out the Form and Include the Other Necessary Documents

Once you get the EOR, fill it out and give it back to the IELTS Administrator at the testing center. Be sure to state which sections you want rescored. The cost and the time it takes to rescore an exam does not change, no matter how many sections you want rescored. Therefore, unless a particular score seems surprisingly high to you, you will probably want them all to be rescored. It is also wise to have as many sections as possible rescored, because if any one of them is marked higher during the rescoring process, then your rescoring fee will be refunded.

Along with the EOR, you will have to hand over your Test Result Form, which will not be returned to you until after your test is rescored. Also be sure to include your payment.

Step 3: Wait

This may be the hardest part of the process. Once you hand in your EOR, Test Report Form, and payment, everything will be sent to the IELTS offices in either England or Australia. The whole process takes between six and eight weeks.

Step 4: Receive the Results of the Rescoring

After your test is rescored, the testing center where you took the IELTS will send you an email. This email will tell you whether your test results changed or stayed the same after the rescoring.

If the scores remained the same, then you will receive your original Test Report Form back. However, if any section comes back with a different score, you will get a new Test Report Form from the testing center. If any of the section scores are higher than they were originally marked, you will get a new Test Report Form and your rescoring fee will be refunded to you.

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4 Responses to How to Contest Your IELTS Score

  1. Basim April 5, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you for your detailed explanation. I would be grateful if you could explain one more thing.

    How can I be sure that ielts center will send my work to appeal, and not just waited for a week and than gave a me paper that my score is remained the same?

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 9, 2019 at 7:58 am #

      Now that’s a good question, Basim! There’s no way to know for sure whether someone is cheating you behind closed doors, no matter who they are. With that said, you can have reasonable confidence that the IELTS won’t cheat you int hat way. The IELTS exam is a highly regulated test, run by the UK government. Since the IELTS is nonprofit and government accountable, the rescore department has little or no incentive to cheat you.

      Still, I can understand your suspicions. The rescore process can be costly and frustrating, so it’s understandable to want to make sure you’re being dealt with honestly during that process.

  2. Arshdeep April 26, 2019 at 1:12 am #

    How to pay fees for revaluation in writing in british council .

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

      In general, those fees are paid directly to the test center where you sat the IELTS. However, some test centers will ask you to pay the British Council or some other central office directly. For payment methods, contact your test center.


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