IELTS Band Score Chart

ielts band score chart

Your IELTS band score determines the performance level of your test. It is ideal to have a proper understanding of the IELTS Band Score Chart and the scoring system while preparing for the tests. The overall band score is determined by the scores of the following four sections:

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Speaking

How are IELTS band scores calculated?

The average of the scores awarded for each section is rewarded as the “Band Score” to the candidates.

  • Listening: The listening test consists of 40 questions. Each candidate is awarded one mark if he/she answers the question correctly. The maximum mark a candidate can score is 40 and the minimum is 0. The marks obtained by the candidates are converted into the IELTS band scale. Band scores are rewarded in half and the whole band.
  • Reading: The reading test also consists of 40 questions. Here too, each candidate is awarded one mark if he/she answers a question correctly. The maximum mark a candidate can score is 40 and the minimum is 0. The marks obtained by the candidates are converted into the IELTS band scale. The reading test is categorized into two parts – Academic Reading Test and General Training Reading Test. Both of them are almost similar with a few differences. The academic reading test consists of a complex style and a more difficult level of vocabulary than the General Training Reading Test. More questions must be correctly answered in the General Training Reading Test to score a high band score compared to the Academic Reading Test.
  • Writing: Some assessment criteria need to be fulfilled to score a high band in the writing test. The average of these scores is rewarded as a band score. The criteria are:
  1. Task Achievement (Task1)/Task Response (Task 2)
  2. Cohesive and Cohesion
  3. Lexical Resource
  4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Speaking: The speaking category has some specific criteria too. They are:
  1. Fluency and Coherence
  2. Lexical Resource
  3. Pronunciation
  4. Grammatical Accuracy and Range

Important Resources to Read for IELTS:

IELTS Band Score Chart for Different Sections

Table 1: Listening Score

Listening band scoreCorrect Answers
939 – 40
8.537 – 38
835 – 36
7.532 – 34
730 – 31
6.526 – 29
623 – 25
5.518 – 22
516 – 17
4.513 – 15
411 – 12

The above table shows the band score rewarded for the candidates based on the number of questions correctly answered by them in listening skills.

Tables 2.1 and 2.2 show the band score based on the questions answered by the candidates in the Reading Test.

Table 2.1: Academic Reading Test

Table 2.2: General Training Reading Test

Band Score

Correct Answers

Band Score

Correct Answers

9

40-39

9

40

8.5

38-37

8.5

39

8

36 – 35

8

37 – 38

7.5

34 – 33

7.5

36

7

32 – 30

7

34 – 35

6.5

29 – 27

6.5

32 – 33

6

26 – 23

6

30 – 31

5.5

22 – 19

5.5

27 – 29

5

18 – 15

5

23 – 26

4.5

14 – 13

4.5

19 – 22

4

12 – 10

4

15 – 18

3.5

9 – 8

3.5

12 – 14

3

7 – 6

3

9 – 11

2.5

5 – 4

2.5

6 – 8

Table 3: Band Score based on Writing Skills

Task Achievement (Task 1)Presenting precise information providing a proper overview highlighting key features/stage details supported with proper data
Task Response (Task 2)Attending the task (answering the questions)Giving relevant points supporting the given answer stating opinion if askedProviding a clear conclusion
Cohesion and CoherenceOrganizing ideas and information into paragraphs having a particular central idea in each paragraph using a range of connectors.
Lexical ResourceSpellingUsing CollocationAvoiding errors using paraphrases and a range of words at places needed
Grammar Range and AccuracyUsing a range of grammar tensesUsing a range of sentence structuredPunctuationAvoiding Error

Table 4:  Band score based on Speaking skills

FluencyTalking at lengthSpeaking without pause or hesitation using connectors easy to understand for listeners
Lexical ResourceParaphrasing and using ranges of words using CollocationUsing rare vocabulary
Grammar Range and AccuracyAvoiding grammatical error using a range of tenses using correct sentence structures
PronunciationAble to be understood throughout the speech using intonationAccent shouldn’t affect understanding accurate Pronunciation

More Resources to Read for IELTS:

Conclusion

The average score of the four tasks is considered the band score. Band scores are awarded in multiples of 0.5. If it’s 1.1, the band score is 1. If the band score is 1.3, the band score will be 1.5. If the band score is 1.25, the score will be upgraded to 1.5. If the band score is 1.6, it will be considered as 1.5, and if the band score is 1.85, the band score is 2. Feel free to connect with the experts at upGrad Abroad for more details on the IELTS band score chart.

Related Reads:
How to Register for IELTS Exam?
IELTS Exam Centers in India
Difference between IELTS Academic and General
Difference between computer based and paper based IELTS
Why the IELTS Exam is Required?

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