There are many established security measures that safeguard test takers, whilst also protecting the interests of organisations that rely on the legitimacy of IELTS results.

These security measures include:

  • regulations in regards to test papers
  • test taker registration and confirmation systems
  • training test centre staff in the identification of imposters, fraudulent behaviour detection, and cheating prevention
  • rigorous testing conditions
  • routine inspection of test results prior to release
  • a free and secure online service to verify test takers results
  • a Test Report Form (TRF) that has many security features, including security-enhanced paper, authenticated by an IELTS validation stamp, and a high-resolution photograph of the test taker.

Verify IELTS results online

As a recognising organisation, we encourage you to verify every result presented to you as an additional safeguard against fraudulent documents.

The IELTS Verification Service is a free and secure online service which lets you:

  • quickly verify that an applicant is presenting a genuine Test Report Form by checking that the results you receive match the results on the IELTS database
  • conveniently download electronic Test Report Forms in batches.

If you notice that a result presented to your organisation does not match the result stored by the Verification Service, you should contact the British Council investigations team by emailing ielts.investigations@britishcouncil.org.

If your organisation already has access to the results verification and downloads service, then please log in.

If not, you can register for access.

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