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Understand IELTS Scoring

IELTS Results are reported in Band Scores.Band 1, is the lowest score and Band 9 is the highest score. You get a band score for each test component.The average of these individual scores,will give you the total Band score.

Band Score Skill Level Band Description
9 Expert User Full operational command over English Language Complete understanding of the language Using English appropriately, accurately & fluently
8 Very Good User Full operational command over English Language with seldom inaccuracy & inappropriate usage Misunderstand some things due to unknown situations Can handle complex argumentation
7 Good User Operational command over English language with some inaccuracies, improper use & misunderstanding in some situations Ability to handle complex language Understand detailed reasoning
6 Competent User Effective command over English Language with rare inaccuracies, wrong usage & some misunderstandings Fair understanding & usage of English in likely situations
5 Modest User Practical command over English Language Understand overall meaning though you tend to make many mistakes Can handle basic communication in familiar situations
4 Limited User Basic competency is limited to well-known situations Frequent problems in understanding & expressing the meaning Incapability to use complex language
3 Extremely Limited User Convey & understand general meaning in likely situations Frequent failures in communication
2 Intermittent User Great difficulty to understand as well as speak and write English Language
1 Non-user Inability to use English Language except a few isolated words
0 Did not attempt the Test Did not answer any questions








IELTS Writing Test
Task Achievement (for Task 1)
Click to download Band Score Descriptors for Writing Task 1
"Presenting accurate information Providing an overview Highlighting key features/details Supporting detail with data"
Task Response (for Task 2)
Click to download Band Score Descriptors for Writing Task 2
"Addressing the task(answering the questions) Giving relevant main points which are supported and developed Giving a clear position (stating a opinion when asked) Providing a conclusion"
Coherence & Cohesion "Organising information/ideas into paragraphs Having one central idea in each paragraph Using a range of linking devices"
Lexical Resource "Using a range of words and paraphrasing Using collocations Spelling Avoid errors"
Grammatical Range & Accuracy "Using a range of sentence structures Using a range of grammar tenses Punctuation Avoiding errors"
IELTS Speaking Test
Fluency & Coherence "Talking at Length Talking without pauses or hesitations Talking without self-correction Able to be understand Using linking devices "
Lexical Resource "Using a range of words & praphrasing Using collacation Using less common vocabulary Avoid errors"
Grammatical Range & Accuracy "Using a range of sentence structures Using a range of common tenses Avoiding errors"
Pronunciation "Able to be understood throughout the test. Able to use intonation Accent does not affect understanding Accurate word and sound pronunciation"

In IELTS Listening and Reading,you have to answer 40 questions and each question carries one mark.

IELTS Listening Test Academic Reading General Training Reading
Band Score Score / 40 Band Score Score / 40 Band Score Score / 40
9 39-40 9 39-40 9 40
8.5 37-38 8.5 37-38 8.5 39
8 35-36 8 35-36 8 37-38
7.5 32-34 7.5 32-34 7.5 36
7 30-31 7 30-31 7 34-35
6.5 26-29 6.5 26-29 6.5 32-33
6 23-25 6 23-25 6 30-31
5.5 18-22 5.5 18-22 5.5 27-29
5 16-17 5 16-17 5 23-26
4.5 13-15 4.5 13-15 4.5 19-22
4 10-Dec 4 10--12 4 15--18
3.5 8-10 3.5 8-10 3.5 12--14
3 6-7 3 6-7 3 9--11
2.5 4--5 2.5 4--5 2.5 6--8

*Please note,the number of correct answers in each band can change depending on the difficulty of each test.

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