How to Proceed With IELTS Test Remarking Process?

One of the disturbing things after giving the IELTS Exam is not getting your IELTS exam clear with desired band score. There could be any situation like your score is just 0.5 bands less than the desired score or you may not get the desired band in a particular module instead of getting a good overall score. 

But, with a little guidance, candidates can apply for Enquiry on Result i.e. IELTS test remarking by contacting the test center from where you have given the IELTS test. 

If a candidate applies for an IELTS test remarking, the test will be remarked by a senior examiner from whom your original band score will be hidden along with the band score of each module. So, if there occurs any kind of changes in your band score then a new Test Report Form will be issued by the test center. 

When Can I Apply for IELTS Test Remarking? 

Aspirants can apply for the IELTS test remarking within 6 weeks of the IELTS test date mentioned on your Test Report Form (TRF). Remarking can be applied for the whole exam or one or more modules of IELTS (Reading, Writing, Listening, or Speaking). 

During remarking process the original score of the candidate is locked which means that they can’t use their score for applying to any university or any immigration department. The candidate has to return the Test Report Form to their test center until the result of remarking is issued. 

How does the IELTS Test Gets Remarked? 

 After applying for Enquiry of Results i.e., IELTS test remarking at your test center, your test is 

  1. Rescored by the senior examiner from whom your original marks are hidden. 
  2. Then your remarked result will be notified to your test center within 6 weeks of applying to remark.
  3. A new Test Report Form is issued in case there are any changes in your score.
However, the process of remarking is a bit time-consuming and expensive so if you are very sure about performance only in that case it is suggested to apply for remarking. 

When the Reviewed Results Will Be Revealed?

The reviewed test results are available to candidates within 2 to 21 days of applying to the remark of the test. If there occurs any kind of change in your band score then the fee paid for remarking will be refunded to the candidate. 

When Should I Apply For? 

Situation 1: When you have been assessed by an experienced IELTS trainer and also scored good marks in the mock test. However, you must have complete trust in the checking of the examiner. It is probably a good reason to get your IELTS exam remarked.

Situation 2: If you are consistently scoring higher in your recent exams then you can give your test for remarking. This does not mean you have scored higher in your last year's exam than you can expect good marks in your recent IELTS exam. Only if you are getting a good band score in the recent exam can give you a reason for applying for the IELTS test remarking.

Situation 3: Confidence. If you believe that you have given the test accurately and have complete trust in your preparation then you can apply for the IELTS test remarking. In this situation, one has to be very sure about the examiner by whom he or she has been assessed during the course. 

When I Should Not Apply for Remark? 

Situation 1: If one of your IELTS skills has two bands higher then you will get an automatic remark in your local test center which means your test has been checked by the third examiner and now it is going to the third examiner for rechecking. 

 Situation 2: If you found your writing test either task 1 or task 2 a bit difficult and not so confident about your opinion then applying to remark for your IELTS exam is a bad option. 

Situation 3: If you could not reach the required word limit in writing task one i.e., 150 words, or task 2 i.e. 250 words then there is a possibility of losing a lot of marks in your exam. 

 Situation 4: if you are consistently scoring low band scores in your last IELTS mock tests then applying IELTS test remaking is not a great deal. Then, you need to improve your English-speaking skills and make them assessed by an experienced examiner. 

 Situation 5: Don’t ever compare your IELTS exam score with your friends, relative, colleagues, or close ones. This is not a good reason for applying to remark on your IELTS exam. 

Situation 6: In case you need improvement more than half the band score as an experienced examiner might have made the mistake of half a band but not more than that in my experience, it is a very rare chance. We also suggest our students apply for the IELTS test remaking only if they are just half band score away from eligibility criteria.

Re-Scoring IELTS Individual Modules- Facts 

Applying to remark for IELTS Reading & IELTS modules hardly affects the band score of the exam as the answers of the following modules are in two or more words. There are the least chances of getting changes in band score in this case.

On the other hand, there are likely higher chances of increasing your IELTS band score in the Writing and Speaking module. In this case, it is possible that different examiners may give you a different score.

In case you are not at all satisfied with your IELTS score then it is suggested to reappear for your IELTS exam in order to get your desired outcome. Don’t waste your precious 6-7 weeks waiting for your reappearing scores rather invest this time in preparing even better. 

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