IELTS | Institutions - IELTS scores explained


IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s ability to use English.

Candidates receive scores on a Band Score from 1 (Non User) to 9 (Expert User). Candidates receive a score for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.

See IELTS band scores for an explanation of each band. For more information on the marking process and how band scores are calculated, see Score processing and reporting. Also see Setting IELTS requirements.


IELTS Scores Explained DVD
For an in-depth explanation of IELTS scores, institutions can order the IELTS Scores Guide DVD.


It contains:

  • • information about IELTS
  • • a detailed description of the content of the test
  • • sample test materials
  • • examples of candidates’ Writing and Speaking performance at different band levels.


The DVD will be helpful for organisations that use IELTS, as well as course designers, teachers and anyone who needs to understand how IELTS scores relate to language ability.

Order the IELTS Scores Guide DVD.

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