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Should You Request an IELTS Rescore?

You took the IELTS exam and feel good about how you did. 13 days after the test, though, you got online to check your scores and your jaw dropped – you didn’t get the scores you needed! But you were so sure that you got the scores you needed. In fact, you were confident that you scored an entire band higher than you needed to. What do you do now?

If you have gotten your IELTS score back and they are not what you need, then you have two options:

  1. You can take the IELTS again, or
  2. You can request a rescore on the exam you just took

Should You Request a Rescore?

Whether you should request a rescore of your IELTS exam depends on your circumstances, but there are several questions that you should keep in mind as you make this decision:

  1. When do you need passing scores by?
  2. Do you need to send the scores soon?
  3. Can you afford to request a rescore?
  4. Do you feel like you can do equally well on another IELTS exam, or do you think you got lucky on this one?

When Do You Need Passing Scores By?

Challenging your IELTS results takes time. After sending in your Enquiry on Results – the form to fill out if you want to challenge your IELTS score – it will be six to eight weeks before you hear back. Even if you end up being right, and you did score higher than the test results had said, it might not matter: If you need to send passing scores within the next three weeks, your corrected score will come too late.

Do You Need to Send Scores Soon?

When you challenge your IELTS score, you will have to send your Test Report Form in along with the Enquiry on Results. Without the Test Report Form, you cannot send your IELTS scores anywhere. This might prevent you from gaining a conditional acceptance to a school.

Can You Afford to Contest a Score?

The cost of send an Enquiry on Results form to challenge your IELTS score depends on the testing center. However, many charge the same amount to challenge your score as they do to take a new test. This is often around $210. You should contact the testing center where you took the exam to find out the exact price, though.

Do You Think Your Good Score Was Luck?

When you felt like you scored well on the IELTS, did you feel like it was because you were well prepared, or did it feel like you were getting lucky? If you do not think that you could do as well as you did on the last exam, again, then you might want to contest your score if you can. If you feel like you can do just as well on the IELTS again, though, resitting for the exam might be the better option.

Whether You Should Challenge Your Score Is Up to You

In the end, whether you should challenge your IELTS score is up to you. Think about your circumstances, and whether you can sit for the exam again and do even better. If you need to, you can read this post to learn how to contest your IELTS score.

**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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2 Responses to Should You Request an IELTS Rescore?

  1. Rajan March 16, 2018 at 2:08 am #

    I’ve got my results today and i scored 6.5 overall. My each module scores are as follows.
    Listening: -6.0
    Reading:- 5.5
    Writing:-6.0
    Speaking:-7.5
    To apply for University of Auckland I needed 6.5 overall and in each module a band of 6. So for 0.5 marks in reading should I retake the exam or send it for rechecking?

    Please revert. I’m really upset for that 0.5 marks.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Rajan,

      I’m afraid we can’t provide any more advice than what we already wrote in this blog post! This is a personal decision that you must make–I recommend that you read this blog post carefully to determine whether a rescore or a retake is your best option. Good luck!


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