IELTS Band Scores

An important part of your IELTS preparation is understanding how you will be marked and scored

Knowing how IELTS is marked and scored will assist in your preparation, as it will give you an understanding of what level of English is required per band score.

Academic Reading


General Training Reading

How is the overall band score calculated?

Your overall band score is the average score calculated from the result of all four IELTS test sections. In other words, if you:

1. add your Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening scores together, then

2. divide that number by four, then

3. round up to the nearest 0.5 or whole number, you should then have

4. your overall band score.

Here’s an example:

1. Reading 6.0 + Writing 6.5 + Speaking 6.5 + Listening 6.0 = 25

2. Divide 25 by 4 = 6.25

3. Round up to the nearest 0.5 or whole number

4. Overall band score = 6.5

The IELTS 9-band scale


The IELTS Academic and General Training tests are both graded to a 9 band scale.

For each section of the test (Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking) you will receive a band score from 1 – 9.

The average of this score will form your overall IELTS band score. This may be a whole score (e.g. 5, 6) or half (e.g. 7.5, 8.5).

The table below rates each band score against an English skill level. To find out how your test is marked, view IELTS scoring and marking.


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