Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll find out why your IELTS results might be withheld.

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A subscriber to our YouTube channel recently reported that IELTS told him his results were ‘being held for quality control’. It had been 6 months, and he still hadn’t received his final marks.

Before we get to the reasons, be aware that IELTS has no specific timeline for getting your results to you if they are withheld, because the reasons why they are keeping them vary.

It could be anywhere from an extra week to months before you’ll see your scores, and, if you cheated, you’ll never get them.

3 Reasons for IELTS to Withhold Your Results

1. Random audit

This has nothing to do with you. British Council and IDP randomly check examiners.

When they do this, the speaking recordings and the speaking and writing scores must be sent to England or Australia.

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This is to make sure that the Speaking Examiner is following the procedure exactly, and that the scores they are giving are correct.

2. Malpractice (Cheating)

If you are suspected of any sort of cheating, there will be an investigation. This can take a long time.

Also, if you are found guilty, you will never get your results and will probably be banned from ever taking IELTS again.

3. Jagged score

This is quite common, actually.

A jagged profile means that your scores are very different, like a 6 for Speaking but a 9 for Listening.

The computer catches this when it happens, and your scores will be rechecked by other examiners.

In this case, it’s usually only another week before you get your results.

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