What if I’m 0.5 away – should I get a remark? | IELTS Results

What if I’m 0.5 away – should I get a remark? | IELTS Results

Sometimes medics reach out to us, after they’ve received their IELTS Academic results, to tell us that they’ve achieved over 7.0 in all but one skill. They are usually “only” 0.5 band away in that skill, which makes it all the more frustrating. They then wonder whether they should try again or ask for a remark.  The answer is…

It depends.

If you’re in that temporary (though unfortunate) position, the following 2 facts about the IELTS remaking process should help you decide:

1. Chances of success 

Please note that if your scores are inconsistent, with a difference of 2 bands or more, your results will have already been checked by a senior examiner within the test centre. When you request an Enquiry on Results (link to form), your papers will be sent to the British Council (Cambridge). Your score may or may not alter, mainly because the examiner at Cambridge will be marking your paper afresh (ie. will not know your original score). If your score changes, you will receive a refund for the remark. If, however, your score remains the same, you’ll have lost both the remark fee (£80,  2017) and 6-8 weeks.

2. Time.

When you request an Enquiry on Results (link to formvia your centre, the process can take between 6 – 8 weeks. It must be started no later than 6 weeks of the date of your test. This means that you cannot use your original certificate until the enquiry is complete.

Is it worth it?

Here at IELTS Medical, we’ve seen first hand that the medics who achieve their target scores (7.0-7.5) were consistently achieving those scores before their test date. We monitor your scores and actively seek out examiners’ moderation. We will happily advise you to take the exam, when you consistently show that you’re ready to do so…

Get ready with us – call 0203 637 6722.

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  • Farrukh Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam.
    Pease help me to decide whether to ask my results remarked.
    First attempt :
    Listening – 6
    Reading – 6
    Writing – 6.5
    Speaking – 5.5
    After 2 months my second attempt :
    Listening – 6.5
    Reading – 6.5
    Writing – 6.5
    Speaking – 5.5

    Do I have any chance to get my speaking 0.5 band higher ???
    Many thanks.

    May 12, 2017 at 11:34 am
  • Rakhee Ahlawat Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam.
    Pease help me to decide whether to ask my results remarked.
    First attempt :
    Listening – 7
    Reading – 5.5
    Writing – 5.0
    Speaking – 7.5

    Do I have any chance to get my writing 0.5 band higher ???

    September 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

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