How are IELTS band scores calculated 2019?
The IELTS band scores range from 0 to 9. Your score can also have .5, like 7.5 or 8.5 band.
You get an overall band score and a band score for each of the skills like
- listening (0-9) example score – 6.5
- Reading (0-9) example score – 7.0
- Writing (0-9) example score – 7.5
- Speaking (0-9)example score – 6.5
Overall band score is an average of all the skills. Example overall IELTS band score for the above is 7.0.
The overall Band score is rounded to the nearest .0 or 0.5, so your score is always either ending in .0
- If your overall score average is – 6.1, your overall score will be 6.0
- If your overall score average is – 7.25, then overall score will be 7.5
- If your overall score average is- 7.75, your overall score will be 8.0
- Your overall score is rounded up to the nearest 0.5 or a whole number.
Band score descriptions – what do they mean?
When they say you need a minimum score of 6.5 band on IELTS, What do they want?
Each band has a certain description. It represents the level of English you currently use. Band 9 means you have full understanding of English. You can communicate accurately, like a native speaker. Look at the chart below to read the descriptions.
Listening and reading band score explained
The number of correct answers determine your score in both listening and reading modules of the test.
There is no negative scoring in IELTS so, only the number of correct answers are counted. Out of 40 questions in listening and reading module, the number of correct answers determines your score.
IELTS listening score
The table below shows how many correct answers are necessary for each band.
If you have taken the IELTS test and are wondering what your score may be, then this table can help you figure it out.
IELTS reading score for academic module
General training band score for reading
IELTS Writing assessment criteria – evaluating writing tasks
Task achievement (task 1 – usually a graph or picture with a question)
- Presenting accurate information.
- Providing an overview.
- highlight key features or stages.
- supporting details with data.
Task response (task 2 – essay type question)
- addressing the task or answering the question asked.
- giving relevant main points that are supported and developed.
- Stating a clear position or giving an opinion when asked.
- providing a conclusion.
Other factors they consider are:
Coherence and cohesion
- organizing information or ideas into paragraphs.
- Each paragraph should have a main idea.
- Linking paragraphs using linking words and sentences.
- Using a range of words and paraphrasing.
- using collocations ( words that commonly occur together ).
- avoiding errors.
Grammar and accuracy
- using a range of sentence structure.
- using grammar tenses.
- punctuation is right.
- avoiding grammar errors.
For more on how writing tasks are assessed you can check the official descriptions
Speaking assessment criteria for academic and general training
Speaking test is assessed on four factors such as
- avoiding long pauses and hesitations
- talking at length
- avoiding frequent self correction
- being understandable
- linking information
- good vocabulary
- Paraphrasing and using a range of words.
- avoiding errors
- using collocations .
grammar and pronunciation.
- easily understandable speech
- Using intonation
- clear accent
- accurate pronunciation
- avoiding grammar errors
- using a range of sentence structures.
If you want further details check the official descriptors for speaking test.