How To Calculate IELTS Band Scores

How to calculated IELTS Band Scores
How to calculated IELTS Band Scores

Both the Academic and General Training IELTS tests use a 9-band grading system. You will be given a band score from 1 to 9 for each component of the test (Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking). Your overall IELTS band score is calculated as the average of these two scores. This can be a full score (e.g. 7, 7.5) or a half score (e.g. 6.5, 8.5). Each ability (hearing, reading, writing, and speaking) will receive a band score, as well as an overall band score. The average of all the skills is used to calculate the overall band score. As an example, look at the table below.

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Overall Band
7.0 8.0 8.0 7.5 7.5

Overall test results are calculated to the closest 0.5 or whole band score, as specified on the IELTS website. This implies that if your final result isn't a perfect 7.5 (as given in the table above), your score will be rounded up or down to the nearest whole or half score, whichever is closest. Following are some instances of how this works in IELTS:

  • If your overall score is 6.1, it will be reduced to 6. This is the score that comes closest to a whole band score. To put it another way, 6.1 is closer to band 6 than it is to band 6.5.
  • Your final result will be band 7 if your overall score is assessed to be 6.85. This is due to the fact that 6.85 is closer to band 7 than band 6.5.
  • Your score will be boosted to 6.5 if your total score is an average of 6.25. Because the score of 6.25 falls exactly between bands 6 and 6.5, IELTS will round it up to the nearest score of 6.5.
  • Your score will be increased to 7 if your total score is an average of 6.75. This score falls exactly between band 6.5 and band 7. Your score will be rounded up to band 7 in this situation.
As you can see in the example above, your score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or full number. This information is available on the official British Council IELTS website and if you have some confused about IELTS Test you can read Frequently Asked Question About IELTS. To make it easier for prospective participants to calculate scores for all IELTS, we have created a IELTS Band score calculator tool to calculate IELTS Listening, Reading, and Speaking so that you can estimate the IELTS score you will get.

Band Scores Description

Band Score Skill Level Description Key Point
Band 9 Expert user You've mastered the language to the point where you can speak it fluently. Your command of the English language is acceptable, accurate, and fluent, and you demonstrate thorough comprehension. accurate, full understanding
Band 8 Very good user With the exception of a few unsystematic mistakes and incorrect usage, you have a complete mastery of the language. In strange environments, you may mistake several things. You're good at debating complex points in detail. rare errors, using complex language
Band 7 Good user You have a functional mastery of the language, albeit there are some inaccuracies, incorrect usage, and misunderstandings. In general, you have a good grasp of difficult language and can reason in detail. get occasional errors, quite using complex language
Band 6 Competent user Despite occasional mistakes, incorrect usage, and misconceptions, you have a strong command of the language in general. Particularly in familiar contexts, you can use and understand rather complex words. get some errors, use some complex language
Band 5 Modest user You have a rudimentary command of the language and can cope with overall meaning in most instances, yet you are prone to making numerous errors. In your field, you should be able to handle basic communication. get frequent errors, get difficulties in complex language
Band 4 Limited user Your basic competency is confined to situations that you are familiar with. You regularly display difficulties with comprehension and expression. You are unable to communicate in a complicated manner. -
Band 3 Extremely limited user YIn very familiar situations, you just express and understand generic meaning. There are a lot of communication breaks. -
Band 2 Intermittent user You find it extremely difficult to comprehend spoken and written English. -
Band 1 Non-user Except for a few isolated words, you have no ability to use the language. -
Band 0 Did not attempt the test You didn't answer IELTS Test -

Reading and Listening Band Scores

The number of right answers you have out of the 40 questions in the test determines your listening and reading scores. Incorrect responses do not result in a loss of points.

IELTS Academic Reading Scores

Correct Answer Band Scores
40-39 9
38-37 8.5
36-35 8
34-33 7.5
32-30 7
29-27 6.5
26-23 6
22-19 5.5
18-15 5
14-13 4.5
12-10 4
9-8 3.5
7-6 3
5-4 2.5

IELTS General Training Reading Scores

Correct Answer Band Scores
40 9
39 8.5
37-38 8
36 7.5
34-35 7
32-33 6.5
31-30 6
27-29 5.5
23-26 5
19-22 4.5
15-18 4
12-14 3.5
9-11 3
6-8 2.5

IELTS Listening Scores

Correct Answer Band Scores
39-40 9
37-38 8.5
35-36 8
32-34 7.5
30-31 7
26-29 6.5
23-25 6
18-22 5.5
16-17 5
13-15 4.5
11-12 4

IELTS Writing Assesment Criteria

Both writing task 1 and task 2 are assessed using 4 criteria. Please see the table below for details of each marking criteria.

Task Achievement #1 Presenting accurate information,Provide an overview,Bold key features/stages,Detail supported by data
Task Response Addressing the task, Giving relevant points, Giving clear statement, Provide conclusion
Coherence and Cohesion Organising information into paragraph, Have central idea in paragraph, Using a rang of linking devices
Lexical Resource Using range of word and paraphrasing, Using collocations, Good, Spelling, Avoid Error
Grammar Range and Accuracy Using a range of sentence structures, Using a range of grammar tenses, Punctuation, Avoid Errors

IELTS Speaking Assesment Criteria

Below are the marking criteria for IELTS speaking.

Fluency Talking at length, Talking without pauses or hesitations, Talking without self-correction, Able to be understood, Using linking devices
Lexical Resource Using a range of words and paraphrasing, Using collocations, using less common vocabulary, Avoiding errors
Grammar Range and Accuracy Using a range of sentence structures, Using a range of grammar tenses, Avoiding Errors
Pronunciation Can be understood throughout test, Using Intonation, Accent doesnt affect understanding, Accurate word and sound pronunciation
Grammar Range and Accuracy Using a range of sentence structures, Using a range of grammar tenses, Punctuation, Avoid Errors

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