IELTS RAW SCORES, BAND SCORES AND MARKING CRITERIA

Updated: Jun 24


IELTS is graded to a 9 band scale.

For each section of the test, you will receive a band score from 1 - 9.

  • Listening

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Speaking

The average of the scores you get for each section will be your overall score.

For example, Listening 8 + Reading 7 + Writing 7 + Speaking 8 = 30

Divide 30 by 4 = 7.5 which means your Overall IELTS band score will be 7.5



HOW IS THE IELTS WRITING TEST MARKED?

The IELTS Writing Test is marked by human examiners, not a computer. A minimum of two qualified IELTS examiners will mark your writing test to make sure the result is accurate and fair.


Your Writing Test response is scored based on the four writing criteria provided in the Writing Band Descriptors below:


IELTS Writing Band Descriptors - Task 1


IELTS Writing Band Descriptors - Task 2



HOW IS THE IELTS SPEAKING TEST MARKED?

The speaking test is a face to face conversation with a human examiner, not a computer.

You will sit in a small private room with the examiner who will ask you some questions. Your speaking skills are marked against the marking criteria in the Speaking Band Descriptors below:


IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors



HOW IS THE IELTS ACADEMIC READING TEST MARKED?

The IELTS Reading test is different for Academic and General Training. Below are the number of correct answers (raw scores) you need to reach the band scores on the right.


RAW SCORE BAND SCORE


15 5

23 6

30 7

35 8


HOW IS THE IELTS GENERAL TRAINING READING TEST MARKED?

The IELTS Reading General Training test is a little easier than the Academic test because the language is easier. Therefore, you will need to achieve a higher number of correct answers to reach the band scores on the right.


RAW SCORE BAND SCORE


15 4

23 5

30 6

34 7

38 8


HOW IS THE IELTS LISTENING TEST MARKED?

The listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training.

There are a total of 40 questions and your band score depends on how many correct answers you give out of 40.


RAW SCORE BAND SCORE


16 5

23 6

30 7

35 8









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