Why Are IELTS Test Results Withheld or Delayed?

  • Posted By IELTS Tutorials IELTS Tips / March 16, 2018

What is more anxiety inducing than IELTS Exam?

Obviously, it’s the IELTS Results!

13 days of relentless waiting! And, finally the day comes – you are waiting for your Result!

But, you get an e-mail notifying: IELTS RESULTS ARE WITHHELD OR DELAYED!

Anxiety, nervousness, fear, fright, annoyance, and so many emotions to take hold of. You start wondering, what exactly happened and what to do now?

The only thing that you can do is either contact your test centre or wait till you get the result.

IELTS Test Results withheld or delayed - Why?

Usually, IELTS Test Results are withheld or delayed under 3 circumstances. The terms and conditions pre-specified in the attachment provided to you along with the test application form covers the circumstances for the delay in results. So, make sure that you go through them once.

Terms & Conditions for the IELTS Test Results

Below are the 3 important terms and conditions that explain why your results may be withheld or delayed.

Your result may not be issued 13 days after the test if the IELTS Test Partners decide that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test or the administration of your test. To assist any investigation, you may be required to provide writing and speaking samples. In exceptional circumstances you may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.

The first point means that it may take more than 13 days for your result to arrive if IELTS want to check your test more accurately. There can be two reasons for such action:

  • IELTS want to re-check your test
  • IELTS want to conduct quality control check on how the test is managed

IELTS undergo re-checking of your test, if you have a difference of two or more bands in each module. Suppose, you scored 7.5 Band in IELTS Listening and 5.5 Band in IELTS Writing Test. Your test will be assessed again by another examiner for quality check. Thus, if you are so good at Listening, you are not supposed to be too low at Writing. Else, you may be asked to re-appear for a component or two.

Your result may be cancelled after it has been issued if any irregularity is identified. You may be required to re-take one or more IELTS components.

The second condition points out that if IELTS find any problems with your test, your results might be cancelled. Also, you might be asked to appear for the entire test or some part of the test again. Here, ‘irregularity’ refers to some unusual or unacceptable action that directly affects your test or the way in which it is managed.

In order to maintain the integrity and security of IELTS Test, strict quality control procedures are undertaken at times. Due to these procedures, it is possible that your result might come under scrutiny. And, as a part of this investigation, your result is either withheld or delayed.

If any of the data on the Test Report Form provided by you or your agent to Recognising Organisations has been altered in any way, your original test result may be cancelled.

The third point indicates that if any kind of alterations or modifications are found in the information provided by you, your IELTS Results will be cancelled. Thus, make sure that you provide the right information. In case you seek assistance of any agent for the process, ensure that you consult a reputed one.

What can you do if your IELTS Results is withheld or delayed?

IELTS will notify you with an e-mail explaining the delay or cancellation of your Exam Results. If you don’t receive an e-mail, you can check your Spam folder or even contact your IELTS Test Center.

However, there is no pre-defined time limit provided in such case. It may take even a time of one week, three weeks, one month or even more.

Now that you know the reasons that cause the withheld or delay of your results, it is crucial to indulge in enough test preparation. Moreover, you can enhance your preparation with Online IELTS Practice Tests and also by acquiring proven tips & strategies from Experts. Make sure you sign up on IELTS Tutorials. It’s FREE!

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