Should I ask for an IELTS remark (EOR)?
You took your IELTS exam, and the results were released today. As soon as you look at the test results, you realize that you have not gotten the score you needed in one or more skills. So, what now? Should you pay the test fee a second time and go through the whole process again? Not really! If you are not satisfied with your results, you can apply for an Enquiry on Results (EOR).
EOR means that you contact the test center where you took your test to apply for the review of your test results. As soon as you do so, your test will be remarked by a senior IELTS examiner, and not the same examiner who marked you in the first place. Plus, this new examiner would not know your original band scores in each part of the test. This is how your score will be reviewed once again and in case there are any changes to your original band scores, the test center will issue a new Test Report Form.
When can I request a remark?
You can ask for a remark within 6 weeks of your IELTS test date on your Test Report Form. The point is that if you are not satisfied with your overall band score, you can request a remark for the whole IELTS test. Otherwise, you can ask for one or more parts (Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking) to be remarked. This way, your reviewed results will be available from 2 to 21 days and you can see if they have changed.
Do they charge me for a remark?
Yes! If you decide to ask for a remark, you should pay the inquiry fee. However, if your band scores change, the fee you paid will be refunded to you. If you wonder how much exactly you will be charged, you should contact the test center where you took the test.
Which Skills should I ask for a remark?
Since the answers for Reading and Listening are clear, asking for a remark would make no change. However, in Speaking and Writing, in which the examiners are checking and marking you, there could be a human mistake and this is where you can apply for a remark.
Will my score change if I ask for a remark or it would be better to take the test again?
The answer is clear! It all depends on your performance. If you are certain that you have performed well and you deserve a higher score, you would better ask for a remark. What can help you decide better is to consult with your IELTS instructor and make sure that the score you were given is not fair. This way, you would not need to pay an extra fee and then have neither a change in your score nor a refund.
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