How IELTS is scored?

How IELTS is scored?

IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale

IELTS results are intended to be basic and straightforward. They are accounted for as band scores on a scale from 1 (the most minimal) to 9 (the most noteworthy).

The IELTS scale

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

Calculating the overall band score

A score is given for each test part – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These individual scores are then arrived at the midpoint of and adjusted to deliver a general band score.

The IELTS Academic and General Training test results are reported using the same nine-band scale

The Overall Band Score is the normal of the four segment scores, adjusted to the closest entire or half band. The segment scores are weighted similarly.

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking Average of four components
(total of the four individual
component scores
divided by four) 
Band score
Test taker A 6.5 6.5 5 7 6.25 6.5
Test taker B 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.875 4.0
Test taker C 6.5 6.5 5.5 6.0 6.125 6.0

In the event that the normal of the four segments finishes in .25, the Overall Band Score is gathered together to the following half band, and in the event that it finishes in .75, the Overall Band Score is gathered together to the following entire band.

Part Band Scores

Tuning in

The IELTS Listening test contains 40 inquiries. Each right answer is granted one imprint. Scores out of 40 are changed over to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are accounted for in entire and half groups.

Perusing

The IELTS Reading test contains 40 inquiries. Each right answer is granted one imprint. Scores out of 40 are changed over to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are accounted for in entire and half groups.

The Academic and General Training Reading tests are reviewed on a similar scale. The qualification between the two tests is one of sort or content sort. Nonetheless, Academic Reading tests may contain writings which highlight progressively troublesome jargon or more noteworthy multifaceted nature of style. It is regular that a more prominent number of inquiries must be addressed effectively on a General Training Reading test to verify a given band score.

The tables underneath demonstrate the normal number of imprints required to accomplish a specific 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 40
4 15
5 23
6 30
7 34
8 38

Writing

Analysts use appraisal criteria to grant a band score for every one of the four criteria:

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

Speaking

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation
ielts speaking information

The criteria are weighted similarly and the score on the assignment is the normal.

Variants of the appraisal criteria for Writing and Speaking have been created to enable partners to all the more likely comprehend the degree of execution required to verify a specific band score:


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