IELTS

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.

Info of the IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989. Wikipedia


Score / grade validity: 2 years
Score / grade range: 0 to 9, in 0.5 band increments
Countries / regions: More than 1,200 test centers in over 140 countries.
Scores / grades used by: More than 10,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 140 countries.
Annual number of test takers: Over 3 million in 2017.
Knowledge / skills tested: Listening, reading, writing and speaking of the English language
Purpose: To assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers.

IELTS scoring in detail


The IELTS Academic and General Training test results are reported using the same nine-band scale

The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Overall Band Score


The Overall Band Score is the average of the four component scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The component scores are weighted equally.

Some examples:
ListeningReadingWritingSpeakingAverage of four components(total of the four individual component scores divided by four)Band score
Test taker A 6.56.557 6.256.5
Test taker B 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.875 4.0
Test taker C6.5 6.5 5.5 6.0 6.125 6.0


If the average of the four components ends in .25, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next whole band.

Component Band Scores

Listening

The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Reading

The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

The Academic and General Training Reading tests are graded on the same scale. The distinction between the two tests is one of genre or text type. However, Academic Reading tests may contain texts which feature more difficult vocabulary or greater complexity of style. It is usual that a greater number of questions must be answered correctly on a General Training Reading test to secure a given band score.

The tables below indicate the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score in Listening, Academic Reading and General Training Reading.

Listening

Band score Raw score out of 40
516
623
730
835
Academic Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40
515
623
730
835
General Training Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40
415
523
630
734
838


Writing

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.

Speaking

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

The criteria are weighted equally and the Speaking band score is the average.

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