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Why Are IELTS Test Results Withheld or Delayed?

  • Posted By IELTS Tutorials IELTS Tips / December 17, 2019

What causes your anxiety more than the IELTS Exam?

It’s the IELTS Test Results!

IELTS results time of 13 days is a constant waiting! And, finally, the big day comes – which will decide your future!

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

Anxiety, nervousness, fear, fright, annoyance, and so many emotions you get at one time. 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 untill you get the result.

IELTS Test Results withheld or delayed - Why?

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

Terms & Conditions for the IELTS Test Results

Go through all the 3 essential terms and conditions.

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 Term & Condition

It states that your result may take more than 13 days to come if IELTS test partners want to review your test thoroughly. There can be two reasons for such actions:

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

IELTS will conduct a re-check 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.

So, 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.

The Second Term & Condition

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.
Source: https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/Docs/IELTSNoticeToCandidates.pdf

Your results may get cancelled if IELTS assessors find any discrepancy with your test. Also, you may ask to reappear for the entire test or some part of the test.

Here, ‘irregularity’ refers to some unusual or unacceptable action that directly affects your test or how it is managed.

The test administrators undertake strict quality control procedures at all times, to maintain the integrity of the IELTS Test.

Due to this, your result may come under scrutiny. As a part of this investigation, your result is either withheld or delayed.

The Third Term & Condition

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.
Source: https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/Docs/IELTSNoticeToCandidates.pdf

If any alterations or modifications are found in the information provided by you, your IELTS Result may be cancelled.

Make sure you provide the right information. In case you are seeking assistance from any agent for the process, ensure to 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.

How to avoid such situations?

  • After Taking Test
  • Retake Your Test: If you do not wish to wait, you can apply for another IELTS test. You will also get a choice to choose which results to use. Choose the highest result to use for your future.

  • Before Taking Test
  • Book Your Test in Advance: Booking for the test in advance will help you to meet your actual deadlines. Even you don’t receive results within 13 days, you will have enough time in your hand.

    Prepare enough for the IELTS exam so that you get your IELTS result without any difficulty. In case you want to enhance your preparation; you could also opt for Online IELTS Practice Tests.

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