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IELTS Scores

About your IELTS results

The Academic and General Training papers are graded to the same scale.

The IELTS 9-band scale

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces your Overall Band Score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test. Learn more
 

The highest score for IELTS is 9 and the lowest score is 1, each score is a reflection of different levels of English users. 

Band 9  -  Expert user:  has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8  -  Very good user:  has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7  -  Good user:  has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6  -  Competent user:  has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5  -  Modest user:  has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4  -  Limited user:  basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3  -  Extremely limited user:  conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2  -  Intermittent user:  no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1  -  Non-user:  essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Band 0  -  Did not attempt the test:  No assessable information provided.

How your overall band score is calculated?

Your overall band score is calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally weighted. Your overall band score is rounded to the nearest whole or half band.

For example:
If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5.
Total score of 25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5.
If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0.
Total score of 15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.

IELTS Academic - Reading

 

IELTS General Training - Reading

 

IELTS Listening


Listening and Reading scores

IELTS Listening and Reading components each contain 40 questions. Each correct item is awarded one mark, so the maximum raw score you can achieve for each component is 40. Band scores ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 are awarded to candidates on the basis of their raw scores.
The tables indicate the number of marks required to achieve a particular band score.

Note: In order to equate different test versions, the band score boundaries are set so that all candidates’ results relate to the same scale of achievement. This means, for example, that the Band 6 boundaries may be set at slightly different raw scores across versions.

Writing and Speaking scores

When marking the Writing and Speaking components of the test, examiners use detailed assessment criteria which describe written and spoken performance at each of the 9 IELTS bands.

Writing: Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2);Coherence and Cohesion;Lexical Resource; Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Speaking: Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy; and Pronunciation. The four criteria are equally weighted.

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IELTS Scores

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS assessment criteria

To get a better understanding of the IELTS assessment criteria and the level of performance required to attain a particular band score, please download the PDFs.

IELTS Test Report Form

The Test Report Form shows your IELTS scores for all four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and your Overall Band Score.

IELTS Score for Australian Universities

Do you have enough bandscore for applying Australian Universities?

IELTS Results for Studying Overseas

IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations in over 145 countries. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test.

Enquiry on Results (EOR)

You can apply for a re-mark, known as an Enquiry on Results (EOR), at your test centre within six weeks of the test date.

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