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IELTS Test scores

IELTS provides a profile of a candidate's ability to use is designed to test English at all levels,so there is no such

thing as a pass or fail.

Results are reported as band scores,on a scale from 1(the lowest) to 9(the highest),as shown below.

candidates receive an overall band scores as well as individual scores for each test component(listening,reading,writing  and speaking).

The level of English needed for a candidate to perform effectively in study,work or training varies from one situation to another. that is why each individual organisation sets its own minimum IELTS score for applicants,depending on specific requirements.

IELTS band scores

9       Expert user

8       Very good user

7       Good user

6       Competent user

5       Modest user

4       Limited user

3       Extremely limited user

2       Intermittent user

1       Non user

0       Did not attempt the test

How are results provided?

Results are issued just 13 days after the test on a Test Report Form.copies can be sent free of charge to up to five diffrent receiving institution by post or electronically.

The Test Report Form (TRF) includes a number of security is printed on security-enhanced paper and is authenticated by a center stamp,an IELTS validation stamp and a photograph of the candidate.Institutions receiving Test Report Forms can also checktheir validity by using the free TRF online verifiction service.

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IELTS score

The Academic and General Training papers are graded to the same scale. The distinction between the two modules is one of genre or discourse type. Academic papers may contain source texts featuring more difficult vocabulary or greater complexity of style. It is usual that, to secure a given band score, a greater number of questions must be answered correctly on a General Training Reading paper.

Writing and speaking
When marking the Writing and Speaking sub-tests, examiners use detailed performance descriptors which describe written and spoken performance at each of the 9 IELTS bands.

Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Versions of the band descriptors for Writing and Speaking have been developed to help stakeholders better understand the level of performance required to attain a particular band score in each of the criterion areas. IELTS examiners undergo intensive face to face training and standardisation to ensure that they can apply the descriptors in a valid and reliable manner.

Overall Band Score in IELTS

Candidates receive a Test Report Form setting out their Overall Band Score and their scores on each of the four sub-tests: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each of the sub-test scores is equally weighted. The Overall Band Score is calculated by taking the mean of the total of the four individual sub-test scores.

Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band. For the avoidance of doubt, the following rounding convention applies; if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Thus, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5 (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 = Band 6.5).

Likewise, a candidate achieving 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0 (15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 = Band 4.0).

On the other hand, a candidate achieving 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking would be awarded band 6 (24.5 ÷ 4 = 6.125 = Band 6).

band score in IELTS:

Listening and reading

IELTS Listening and Reading papers contain 40 items and each correct item is awarded one mark; the maximum raw score a candidate can achieve on a paper is 40. Band scores ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 are awarded to candidates on the basis of their raw scores.

Although all IELTS test materials are pretested and trialled before being released as live tests, there are inevitably minor differences in the difficulty level across tests. In order to equate different test versions, the band score boundaries are set so that all candidates’ results relate to the same scale of achievement. This means, for example, that the Band 6 boundary may be set at a slightly different raw score across versions.

The tables below indicate the mean raw scores achieved by candidates at various levels in each of the Listening, Academic Reading and General Training Reading tests during 2006 and they provide an indication of the number of marks required to achieve a particular band score.


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

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