Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you wondering if you should ask for an IELTS remark? Will it change your score? Is it worth it?

Sometimes, when you receive your final IELTS results, they are not what you needed.

This could be because you simply didn’t prepare correctly for the exam, or your overall English isn’t of the level needed for the exam, or, in rare cases, because there was a mistake in the scoring process.

If you believe that your scores are wrong, and you deserve better, you can ask for a remark.

To ask for a remark, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your test center and ask for an Enquiry of Results.
  2. You must apply for this at the center where you booked your exam. This can be done no more than 6 weeks after the date you took the test.
  3. You can choose which parts of the exam to be re-marked. You do not have to ask for all of them to be reviewed.
  4. You must also pay for this. (However, the fee will be refunded if your score increases.)
  5. The process takes 6-8 weeks to complete before you find out the results.

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Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why do you feel you deserve a better score?
    • If your scoring profile is jagged, meaning that, for instance, your Listening is 2 bands higher than your speaking, you may in fact have deserved a higher score.
    • If the case is only that you want or need a better score, but you actually didn’t prepare fully, you may be wasting your time.
  • Is your score lower than the last time you took the exam?

In many cases, the scores do not change, and you have wasted your money and time. Instead of paying for the remark and waiting, you could have been studying for the exam to improve your scores for next time.

Nevertheless, there have been cases among our 3 Keys students in which a remark awarded a higher score.

In short, be honest with yourself. If you truly believe your score is mistaken, ask for a remark.

Otherwise, focus on your complete preparation for 30 to 60 days, and increase your scores next time.

Do you know anyone who has asked for a remark? What happened?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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