IELTS Results

Understanding 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.
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.
Source :- www.ielts.org

IELTS Listening marking schemes

The Listening Test, which contains 40 questions, the following scaling table could be used for the calculation of approximate score band.
Band Score
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
6
5.5
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
Score / 40
39-40
37-38
35-36
32-34
30-31
26-29
23-25
18-22
16-17
13-15
10-12
8-10
6-7
4-5

IELTS General Reading marking schemes

The General Reading Test, which contains 40 questions, the following scaling table could be used for the calculation of approximate score band.
Band Score
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
6
5.5
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
Score / 40
40
39
37-38
36
34-35
32-33
30-31
27-29
23-26
19-22
15-18
12-14
9-11
6-8

IELTS Academic Reading marking schemes

The Academic Reading Test, which contains 40 questions, the following scaling table could be used for the calculation of approximate score band. But this approximation won’t be as easy as it was in the case of General Reading Test.
Band Score
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
6
5.5
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
Score / 40
39-40
37-38
35-36
33-34
30-32
27-29
23-26
19-22
15-18
13-14
10-12
8-9
6-7
4-5

IELTS Writing marking schemes (for both Academic & General)

The two writing Tasks – Task -1 & Task -2, are  marked out of 9 bands,  according to the following criteria:
  • Task Achievement
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

IELTS Speaking marking schemes

The IELTS speaking Test, which is a one-to-one session, is marked out of 9 bands, according to the following criteria:
  • Fluency and coherence
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciation
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