Ielts band score chart


On this page, you will learn about the IELTS band score system, the method used to calculate your overall exam mark.

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The good news is that you can’t fail the IELTS exam. Results are graded from 1 - 9,  with 1 being the lowest score you can get và 9 the highest.

Each component of the test – Writing, Speaking, Reading & Listening – is given an individual score, so your overall exam result will be made up of a score for each component và an overall band score. The overall band score is the average of the four individual scores.

For example:


If the average of the four individual scores ends in .25, the overall IELTS score will be rounded up lớn the next half band.

If the average of the four individual scores ends in .75, the overall IELTS score will be rounded up to the next whole band.

For some people, both the individual scores và the overall band score are important. This will depend on the purpose for which you are taking the IELTS exam.

For example, a university will typically require an overall IELTS band score of 6.5 with no component less than 5.5.

If you are taking IELTS for a university application, be aware that requirements differ between universities & even between different courses at the same university. Always kiểm tra what score is required.

For more information on IELTS score requirements và what happens if you don’t get the score you need, read this page: Your IELTS Score

The IELTS Band Score Scale

Your band score is designed lớn provide an accurate assessment of your level of proficiency in all four aspects of English – Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening.

This can then be used by various institutions khổng lồ help them decide if you will be able to study, work or live successfully in the country khổng lồ which you are applying.

This table shows the overall IELTS scores & their descriptors.

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IELTS Scoring in Detail

Here is some information about how the individual components are scored which will help you to lớn understand the IELTS band score system.


The listening kiểm tra contains 40 questions. One mark is awarded for each correct answer (raw score). The score out of 40 is then converted to the IELTS nine-band scale.

Listening chạy thử - Raw Score Conversion



The reading test also contains 40 questions with one mark awarded for each correct answer (raw score). The score out of 40 is then converted to the IELTS nine-band scale.

There is, however, a difference in grading between the Academic và General Reading tests as can be seen in the tables below. They show the average number of marks required to lớn achieve a particular IELTS band score, although this may vary slightly between exams due lớn the variation in texts used on different occasions.

Usually, it is necessary khổng lồ answer a greater number of questions in a General Reading kiểm tra correctly lớn gain a given band score than on the Academic Reading test.

The difference between the Academic và General Reading tests is one of genre or text type. The Academic Reading chạy thử is likely lớn contain texts with a greater complexity và which contain more difficult vocabulary.

For more information about these two different versions of the IELTS exam, and for help in deciding which one you should take, click this link: Which IELTS – Academic or General?

Academic Reading demo - Raw Score Conversion


General Reading thử nghiệm - Raw Score Conversion



The two part writing demo is marked by an examiner who awards an IELTS band score based on four criteria:

Task Achievement (Task 1) / Task Response (Task 2)Coherence and CohesionLexical ResourceGrammatical Range và Accuracy

Each criterion carries equal weight. An average is taken of the four criteria scores khổng lồ give the overall IELTS band score.

Click these links for PDF downloads giving detailed descriptions of the criteria for each of the writing tasks.

Writing Task 1 – Assessment Criteria

Writing Task 2 – Assessment Criteria


Similar criteria are applied to the speaking test and the IELTS band score iscalculated in the same way.

Fluency and Coherence Lexical Resource Grammatical Range and Accuracy Pronunciation


Click this link for a PDFdownload giving detailed descriptions of the criteria for the speaking task.

Speaking Task – Assessment Criteria

You"ll find lots more information about the IELTS exam on the pages listed below or go to the IELTS Exam hub page to lớn locate specific questions và answers.

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