How your score has been calculated
The Academic and General Training papers are graded to
the same 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.
Your overall band score
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
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
If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing
and 4.0 for Speaking, you would be awarded an Overall Band Score of
4.0. Total score of 15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of
Listening and Reading scores
IELTS Listening and Reading components each contain 40
questions. Each correct item is awarded one mark,
therefore 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 are indicative of 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 boundary may be set at a slightly
different raw score 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 and
Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally
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.
To get a better understanding of the level of performance required
to attain a particular band score, you should familiarise yourself
with the assessment criteria
My IELTS result will only be valid for two years. Why?
The IELTS partners recommend that a Test Report Form which is
more than two years old should only be accepted if it is
accompanied by proof that you have actively maintained or tried to
improve your English.