Detailed Explanation of Things to Keep in Mind While Sending IELTS Scores to Universities


The International Language Testing System is a proficiency test given by students who desire to pursue higher education or be employed abroad. It is available in two formats: paper-based and computer-delivered.

This blog will outline how to send IELTS scores to universities. So what are you waiting for? Click here to know more about LeapScholar and how they can help you in this journey.

What are Test Report Forms and How to Send Them?

If a candidate has appeared for paper-based IELTS, they will receive their scores or Test Report Form within thirteen days of the exam. Furthermore, one can ask for additional Test Report Forms, which will be sent to universities. It will be sent through courier.

However, one needs to fill out an Application for the Issue of Additional TRFs. This will cost a minimal fee and is applicable after one month of receiving one’s scores. Its costs are mentioned below for easier understanding:

  • Courier– Candidates have to pay 1,500 INR for sharing the TRF with the university of their choice. Tracking number will be provided once the report has been dispatched.
  • Post– One needs to pay 400 INR. However, tracking number will not be shared in this case.
  • Electronically– One can send at least five reports which are accessible at the time of registering for IELTS. After this is over, candidates must pay 250 INR for sending additional notifications.

One must know that it takes at least 7-10 days to process an additional Test Report Form request.

How to Calculate IELTS Score?

Candidates will be given a band score of 1 to 9 for each section mentioned above. An overall score will be shown after an average is taken. The table will illustrate IELTS proficiency level and what it means:

Band Score

Skill Level




Candidate has an excellent command of the language. Can speak appropriately, fluently and adequately


Very Good

Candidate has a stronghold over the language but makes occasional inaccuracies



The individual has an adequate command of English but makes mistakes sometimes. However, one can understand complex language and provide a detailed reasoning 



Candidates have command over the language, but they make occasional inaccuracies. However, they can understand complex language in familiar situations



The individual has a partial command, although mistakes occur. They can handle communication in their discipline.



Test takers can display problems in understanding and expressing themselves. However, they are not able to use complex language.


Very limited

Only can one understand the general meaning. As a result, candidates can experience frequent breakdowns while expressing themselves.



Candidates have difficulty in communicating spoken or written English.



Except for a few isolated words, the test taker cannot use the language.


Did Not Attempt

The test taker answered no questions.

Let us understand how the overall band score is calculated:











Total Overall Score


How to Check IELTS Score?

One can check the IELTS score by following the steps mentioned above:

Step 1: Navigate to the official website of IELTS.

Step 2: One must select the tab ‘Take an exam’ and choose IELTS.

Step 3: One can check their results by clicking on the right side.

Step 4: Then, navigate to the option, ‘Preview your results’.

Step 5: Once they put their essential details, the results will display. These include the date of the exam, the date of birth of the candidate, the applicant’s reference number and the identification document number.

How to Send TRFs to Universities?

Candidates can send their IELTS scores to five universities of their choice. They can finalise this while registering for the exam. The scores can be checked through the account one has written. To send TRFs, one can follow the steps mentioned above:

Step 1: Visit the official website of IELTS.

Step 2: Visit the ‘Register for IELTS’ option.

Step 3: Then, one must select their preferred location, test type and date. After that, they must input the universities of their choice.

However, one can also attach the TRF with their application form. The IELTS test centre will forward the TRF to the specified universities free of cost. However, if a university requires a hard copy of the TRF, candidates need to ask their IELTS test centre to forward a copy via airmail at additional costs. Nonetheless, you can also attach a copy of your IELTS TRF with the university application form. Applicants are privy to only one copy of IELTS TRF. It comes with an attached photo and unique identification technology to ensure the TRF is not faked.

How to Recheck Your IELTS Score?

One might feel that their score has come wrong. Although this is an exception, the candidate can raise an enquiry with the authoritative body, in this case, British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge Language Assessment.

This will lead them to recheck the test. However, one must ensure it is done within six weeks. Candidates also have the option to recheck certain sections of the test. However, it may take ten weeks to process this request.

Now that candidates know how to send IELTS scores to universities, they must draft their SOPs. To get a good band score, one must prepare for it accordingly. Therefore, it is recommended that one prepares for the exam beforehand and gain an insight into the test format, questions and structure.

This will help identify one’s strengths and weaknesses and drive candidates to work faster. One can take practice tests to boost one’s English skills and curate strategies to achieve the score one desires. Candidates can quickly check their scores by following the steps mentioned above.

Scoring higher in IELTS signifies greater command over the English language and possesses adequate communication abilities. Each immigration or university has specific IELTS score requirements. Moreover, your IELTS score also needs to match the requirements of your purpose, that is, work or study for successful admission.