A Step-by-step Guide on How to Send IELTS Scores to Universities

IELTS or International English Language Testing System score is one of the essential factors that determine a student’s admission into international universities. Every university comes with a minimum IELTS score requirement which students need to achieve for enrolling in a degree course. 

As a part of the admission process, candidates are required to send their IELTS scores to the chosen universities. IELTS test results are usually published online within 13 days of the test. One can view the test results online and send them to up to five institutions. The IELTS result is available on the official IELTS IDP website for 28 days. 

The following sections offer a guide on how to send IELTS scores to universities alternatively LeapScholar has made these steps easier.

Steps to Send IELTS Scores to Foreign Universities

Candidates have to select the universities where they wish to send their IELTS scores while registering for the test. Here’s how they can send their test scores to the preferred universities:

  1. First, go to the official website of IDP IELTS India.
  2. Now, click on ‘Take an Exam’ and select ‘IELTS.’
  3. Then, find ‘IELTS Registration’ on the right-hand side and click on it.
  4. Tap on ‘Register for IELTS now.’
  5. Now, check for the test dates available on the left side. Choose a preferred date and tap on ‘Apply.’
  6. Go through the declaration page thoroughly and click on ‘Continue.’ 
  7. On the next page, provide all personal details carefully.
  8. Once done, find the option that asks whether candidates want to send their test reports to institutions. Click on ‘Yes’.
  9. Now, tap on ‘Continue.’
  10. On the following page, one has to specify those institutions that they wish to send their IELTS scores to. Students can choose up to five universities.

Once test results are published, IDP IELTS will forward test scores to those universities free of charge. Notably, some universities might not accept electronic test report forms. In such cases, one has to approach their local IELTS test centre to send a hard copy. 

Is it Possible to get Additional TRFs?

Candidates who wish to send their IELTS test scores to more than five institutions can apply for additional test report forms. A test report is valid for two years. One can send the TRF to as many universities as they wish within this time frame. However, students need to pay a fee to get additional TRFs. 

The IELTS conducting body will transmit the test score forms in any of the following ways:

By post

For sending additional TRFs, students have to pay Rs. 250 per address. It will usually take around two weeks to reach the destination. However, this service will not come with a tracking ID.

International Courier

Students have to pay Rs. 1,250 for every address to send additional test report forms through an international courier. It will generally require four days to reach the specified universities. One can track the progress through a tracking number that one will receive through an SMS. 

Electronic Transfer

Those universities that accept electronic submission of TRFs will receive the test reports electronically. The conducting bodies will charge Rs. 250 per address for electronic transfer of TRFs.

IELTS Test Score: How to Calculate?

Now that it is clear how to send IELTS scores to universities, students should be aware of calculating their test scores. IELTS test score band ranges between 1 and 9. The overall score band that a student receives is the average of the score bands one obtains in each of the four test sections: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. 

In case the average comes to a decimal point, it is rounded off to the nearest whole band. For example, if a test-taker gets an overall score band of 7.25, the final score would be rounded off to 7.5. Similarly, if one obtains a total score band of 8.75, they will receive a score band of 9. 

The following representation will help in having a clear understanding of how the IELTS score is calculated. Let’ say a test-taker has achieved the following scores in four different test sections: 

Test SectionsScore Obtained
Total Score band6+ 6.25+ 5.75+ 6.25= 24.25/4 = 6.062

The final IELTS score would stand at 6.1. The minimum IELTS score requirement will depend on the country, the institution and the type of degree course one opt for. Most universities in the US need students to secure a minimum overall score band of 7, while those in Canada require 6 score band in each of the test sections. 

Easy Steps to Check IELTS Score 

In the case of computer-based tests, the score is available within 3-5 days of the exam. However, for paper-based tests, it usually takes 13 days. Students can check their results online in the following steps:

  1. First, visit the official website for IDP IELTS results
  2. Provide details like name, passport ID number, family name, and date of birth.
  3. The results will be displayed on the screen.

Apart from the online method, one can also access their IELTS test result in various other ways. Students approach the test centre where they appear for IELTS tests to receive their results. To get the results from a designated test centre, candidates have to display their ID and candidate numbers provided to them. 

Moreover, one can also access their results through SMS and email. However, those accessing their test result offline cannot access them through email and/or SMS. Test takers will receive a hard copy of their TRF through courier or Speed Post within ten days of result declaration. 

IELTS test score plays a crucial role in determining the chances of admission to a foreign institution. However, one should be careful to make sure that the test score reaches the respective universities on time. In case of additional TRFs, candidates should be aware of the mode of TRF acceptance at different universities.