IELTS Band Score Assessment Criteria

IELTS Band Score Assessment Criteria will help you understand your IELTS score for each part of the IELTS test.

How to calculate IELTS band score

IELTS score calculated on the basis of performance in the IELTS exam. If your performance is better, then you will get better band score in your exam. Your IELTS score is depended on all four modules such as Listening, Writing, Speaking and Reading. If you have no required skills to take different tests based on modules then you are not going to get your dreamed score.

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The IELTS score ranges from 1 to 9 for each part of the test. The individual result from these four parts will produce an overall band score. The overall IELTS band score is the average score of all skill tests. You can calculate your overall band score here > IELTS Score Calculator

Overall IELTS Band Score
Listening Reading
8 6.5
Writing Speaking
7.5 7
Overall: 7.5
  • If your overall IELTS score is an average of 6.25, your score will be increased to 6.5.
  • If your overall IELTS score is an average of 6.75, your score will be increased to 7.
  • If your overall IELTS score is 6.1, your score will go down to 6.
  • Your score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or whole score as shown above.

IELTS band scale description

The following table gives a description of each band score with information about the level of English.

Band score Skill level Description
Band 9 Expert user You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.
Band 8 Very good user You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7 Good user You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Band 6 Competent user Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5 Modest user You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.
Band 4 Limited user Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Band 3 Extremely limited user You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Band 2 Intermittent user You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1 Non-user You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Band 0 Did not attempt the test You did not answer the questions.

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IELTS Listening Score Assessment

Your listening and reading scores are calculated by the number of correct answers you have out of the 40 questions in the IELTS test. You do not lose points for incorrect answers.

Correct Answer Band Score
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 Reading Score Academic Assessment

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

IELTS Reading Score General Assessment

Correct Answer Band Score
40 9
39 8.5
37-38 8
36 7.5
34-35 7
32-33 6.5
30-31 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 Writing Score Assessment

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

Writing Task 1 achievement Presenting accurate information
Providing an overview
Highlighting key features/ stages
Supporting detail with data
Writing Task 2 response Addressing the task (answering the questions)
Giving relevant main points which are supported and developed
Giving a clear position (stating an opinion when asked)
Providing a conclusion
Coherence and cohesion Organizing information/ ideas into paragraphs
Having one central idea in each paragraphs
Using a range of linking devices
Lexical resource Using a range of words and paraphrasing
Using collections
Spelling
Avoid errors
Grammar range and accuracy Using a range of sentence structures
Using a range of grammar tenses
Punctuation
Avoiding errors

IELTS speaking score Assessment

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 collections
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 Able to be understood throughout the test
Able to use intonation
Accent does not affects understanding
Accurate word and sound pronunciation

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