IELTS Result Withheld

IELTS is doing nothing but trying to make money from people like us. Please don't ever opt BC.

I have written IELTS thrice from BC. I gave my exam in October 2018 and for some god-forsaken reason my result was withheld. Today is 27th april, and i am still waiting for the result. When tried to contact, i just get an automated message and No person from IELTS answers my question.

After waiting for 6 long months I also tried going to the centres where exam is being conducted so that i can at least find a person to talk to. But no!! they are least bothered even to address.

After such a long wait, i finally dediced to write exam for the third time and gave it in april 2019, and know what!! i get L=8, R=8, W=6.5, S=7.5. I lose my criteria by 0.5. yet again!

IELTS (BC) is trying to extort money in all possibles ways from students like us. Is is making money either by with-holding results for hell lot of time (7 months in my case and still counting!!) or by not giving the desired score.

I have never seen such an unprofessional and pathetic administration. I have been to 3 different centres for 3 times and all the times my experiences while conducting the exams have been bad!

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Apr 28, 2019
IELTS Result Withheld
by: IELTS buddy

I've never heard of a centre simply not giving someone their result. There has to be a reason for this and they would have to tell you what the reason is.

IELTS results can get withheld because there is some reason to question it. This could be for example if the results don't seem right. Maybe one score was very high but another very low. In this case it is maybe being rechecked / remarked.

Or there could be suspicions over malpractice. There could be suspicions that some kind of cheating took place, such as memorising an answer or suspicions that a different person took the test that who applied for it.

But usually an IELTS Result is withheld just for standard reasons.

But either way you should be kept informed of this. It is possible it could be delayed for a few months but this is unusual. It's usually just a week or so longer than normal.

So if you genuinely have not had your result after all this time you need to make an official complaint and keep contacting them. It sounds unusual though.

As for your recent result, scores can go down by half a band as the tests are never the same so it's possible to do a bit better on one day than another.

If you think an error has been made you can request a remark.

Aug 23, 2019
Bad experience with freaking IELTS organization
by: Anonymous

I have exactly the same issue with suspicious organization like IELTS, they just making money, it's business and nothing else, I did two exams and they witheld my IELTS result. I don't know what can I do to expedite it, because I have deadline and that's why I took the second exam.

Oct 01, 2019
Results have been witheld for quality purpose
by: Anonymous

I am in a similar situation, did not receive any notification till date.
Got to know when i called their head office that is was witheld for quality purpose.
Can someone help?

Oct 03, 2019
IELTS Results have been witheld for quality purpose
by: IELTS buddy

Didn't they give you any more information? Only the head office can tell you what is happening and how long your result may be so you need to talk with them again.

Oct 19, 2019
IELTS Results Withheld
by: Anonymous

My partner took his test on 15th August 2019 and it has been over 2 months now and still no update

Nov 03, 2019
withheld result - Oct 2019
by: Anonymous

The same has happened to me. My result is withheld and I am losing my university offer because of their delay. Does any one know if I can take another test? I mean if I take another test will they withhold it untill the previous result is released?

Nov 06, 2019
withheld result - Oct 2019
by: IELTS buddy

I don't think if you take another test it will have any connection to the delay in your score for this test, unless there is some kind of issue with you yourself e.g. your identity, doubts over cheating.

As noted above, results are usually withheld because they want to check the marks again, perhaps because there was a big discrepancy in some of your scores (which could mean an examiner made an error marking rather than you doing something wrong).

Have you phoned to ask about it? The first thing to do would be to discuss it with them so you can get some kind of clarification.

Nov 17, 2019
IELTS Results
by: Anonymous

My Partner took his Exam on 15th August 2019 and it has been over 3 months now and still no update on this. What should I do in this situation? I am feeling so anxious right now

Mar 18, 2020
Result withheld
by: Anonymous

I am in same boat. I gave my test on 13th Feb 2020 and expected the result on 26th of Feb. Its been over a month and I haven't received my result yet. After reading that results can take more than 6 months, i feel worried.

Mar 19, 2020
Waiting for IELTS result
by: IELTS buddy

You need to contact your centre and ask about it or otherwise there should be some kind of contact from any email correspondence you have.

May 02, 2020
Results delayed due to...
by: Anonymous

friends .. i would like to share that i gave ny ielts test on 13th feb 2020 .. but dint receive my result on 28th feb as expected. i received my result yesterday i.e. on 1st may 2020 and i got L/R/W/S as 8.5/9/7.5/7 and my previous ielts result was L/R/W/S as 8/6/7/7.5 .. so u can see that there was a difference of 3 points in reading.. thats why my result was withheld. so i would like to mention that if your results are withheld , that can be for good reason as well.
all the best.

Mar 12, 2021
IELTS Results withheld
by: Anonymous

I gave my exam on 3 Dec 2020 still waiting for results.. God knows what quality checks they are doing..

Jun 25, 2021
Can one appeal IELTS decision and get Justice?
by: Anonymous

My wife wrote on the 20th May 2021 and her result was withheld initially. After series of mails to them, they sent a mail to her three weeks after to inform her that her result her been permanently withheld. They also gave room for appeal. Does this appeal work?Does anyone have experience on this appeal option? Help a brother in need please.

Jun 26, 2021
Can one appeal IELTS decision and get Justice?
by: IELTS buddy

I think there must be some error here. She paid for the test so I don't think they could just withhold the IELTS result without giving a reason. If they have then you would need to ask for a refund.

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IELTS Results Withheld - Quality Control Procedures

by Alexandra


I have recently sat for the IELTS test, Academic, with the following results:

L 8.5
R 8.0
W 5.5
S 8.5

My results were withhold as "as part of the quality control procedures designed to protect the integrity and security of the IELTS test".

The score for the writing was a shocker....

Is there any point in remarking? As I need at least 7.0 for the writing component. It would be highly appreciated if you could share a thought or two!!!!

Does too much data description in Task 1 Academic lead to low scoring?

Regards, A.

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Feb 05, 2017
IELTS Quality Control Procedures
by: IELTS buddy


I would say in your case given the big difference in the score and the fact that you were actually told they had been withheld for quality control it's pretty definite they have been looked at again so a remark is probably not worth it.

Have you been through all the IELTS writing lessons for Task 1 and 2 on this website? Maybe you did something wrong if you expected much better.

Yes, writing lots and lots of details could reduce your score for Task 1.

You need to show your ability to identify the the key changes or key points rather than just describing everything you see.

That's why you need to make sure you have gone through the lessons on this site.

But it's not possible to know whether you did anything to cause this or, if you did, to what extent it may have affected your score without seeing your actual answer.

Feb 27, 2017
results are not released
by: Anonymous

Hi, Ielts buddy, my IELTS UKVI results are supposed to be announced on 24th February 2017, but I got a mail saying that my results are withheld for quality checks and is under some investigation.

what does that mean?
when can I expect my results?

Please help me

Thank you

Mar 02, 2017
results are not released
by: IELTS buddy


I'm really not sure how long it could be as it will vary for everybody.

I would call and check with your centre.

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