IELTS scoring in detail

On the IELTS Test Report Form, you’ll find your overall band score and the results you achieved in each part of the test.

When you get your IELTS results, you’ll get an overall band score and the results from your Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests. This will be set out in your Test Report Form.

Individual test scores

Scores for each of the four skills are equally weighted. Your overall band scores are calculated by taking your mean result for each part of the test.

Your overall band score

Overall band scores are calculated to the nearest whole or half band. If the average score across the four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band. If it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Band score examples

1) You achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, giving a total score of 25.
The mean is then calculated (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25) and this is rounded up to 6.5. So you’ll be awarded an overall band score of 6.5.

2) If you score an IELTS result of 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, your total score will be 15.5.
The mean is calculated (15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875) and this is rounded up. So your overall band score will be 4.0.

3) If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking, your total score will be 24.5.
The mean will be calculated (24.5 ÷ 4 = 6.125). This is then rounded down, giving you an overall score of band 6.

Download the Question Paper Production Process below to find out how IELTS test papers are produced.

Component Band Scores

Listening

The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Reading

The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

The Academic and General Training Reading tests are graded on the same scale. The distinction between the two tests is one of genre or text type. However, Academic Reading tests may contain texts which feature more difficult vocabulary or greater complexity of style. It is usual that a greater number of questions must be answered correctly on a General Training Reading test to secure a given band score.

The tables below indicate the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score in Listening, Academic Reading and General Training Reading.

Listening
Band score Raw score out of 40
5 16
6 23
7 30
8 35
Academic Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40
5 15
6 23
7 30
8 35
General Training Reading 
Band score Raw score out of 10
4 15
5 23
6 30
7 34
8 38

Writing

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.

Speaking

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

The criteria are weighted equally and the Speaking band score is the average.

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