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Band score information

 

IELTS is assessed on a 9-band scale and reports scores both overall and by individual skill. Overall band scores for Academic and General Training candidates in 2012 are shown here together with scores for individual skills according to a variety of classifications. These figures are broadly in line with statistics for previous years.

 

N.B. for place of origin and first language, the tables show the top 40 places and languages, listed alphabetically, not in order of the size of the candidature.


 

Academic and General Training candidates

 

The following table shows the split between the Academic and General Training candidature in 2012.

 

 

2012

Academic

79.8%

General Training

20.2%

 

Gender

 

These figures show the mean overall and individual band scores achieved by 2012 Academic and General Training candidates according to their gender.

 

Mean band scores for female candidates

 

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Academic

6.1 6.1 5.6

5.9

6.0

General Training

6.2

5.8

5.9

6.3

6.1

 

Mean band scores for male candidates

 

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Academic

5.8

5.8

5.4

5.8

5.8

General Training

6.3

5.9

5.9

6.3

6.2

 

 

Place of Origin

 

These figures show the mean overall and individual band scores achieved by 2012 Academic and General Training candidates from the top 40 places of origin.

 

Mean band score for the most frequent countries or regions of origin (Academic)

 

Academic

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Bangladesh

5.9

5.6

5.7

6.0

5.8

Brazil

6.4

6.8

6.1

6.6

6.5

China (People's Republic)

5.7

5.9

5.3

5.4

5.6

Colombia

6.2

6.5

5.8

6.4

6.3

Cyprus

6.3

5.9

5.7

6.2

6.1

Egypt

6.4

6.2

5.9

6.4

6.3

France

6.9

7.1

6.0

6.5

6.7

Germany

7.5

7.3

6.6

7.3

7.2

Greece

7.2

7.0

6.1

6.6

6.8

Hong Kong

6.7

6.6

5.8

6.0

6.3

India

6.2

5.8

5.6

5.9

6.0

Indonesia

6.3

6.5

5.7

6.1

6.2

Iran

5.9

5.9

5.7

6.3

6.0

Iraq

5.3

5.3

5.2

5.8

5.5

Italy

6.4

7.0

5.9

6.3

6.5

Japan

5.9

6.0

5.3

5.6

5.8

Jordan

5.9

5.6

5.3

6.1

5.8

Kazakhstan

5.8

5.8

5.5

5.9

5.8

Korea, South

6.1

6.1

5.4

5.7

5.9

Kuwait

5.3

4.9

4.8

5.7

5.2

Malaysia

7.2

7.0

6.2

6.7

6.8

Mexico

6.6

6.8

6.0

6.5

6.5

Nepal

6.2

5.7

5.8

6.0

6.0

Nigeria

6.1

6.1

6.2

7.0

6.4

Oman

5.3

5.1

5.1

5.8

5.4

Pakistan

5.7

5.5

5.5

5.9

5.7

Philippines

7.1

6.7

6.3

6.9

6.8

Qatar

5.0

4.7

4.6

5.5

5.0

Russia

6.6

6.6

5.9

6.5

6.4

Saudi Arabia

4.8

4.7

4.7

5.6

5.0

Spain

6.7

7.0

6.1

6.6

6.6

Sri Lanka

6.6

6.2

5.9

6.6

6.4

Sudan

5.8

5.8

5.7

6.3

6.0

Taiwan

5.9

6.0

5.5

6.0

5.9

Thailand

5.9

5.8

5.4

5.8

5.8

Turkey

5.9

5.9

5.5

6.0

5.9

Ukraine 6.6 6.6 6.0 6.6 6.5

United Arab Emirates

4.8

4.6

4.7

5.3

4.9

Uzbekistan (Republic of) 5.5 5.5 5.1 5.6 5.5

Vietnam

5.9

6.1

5.6

5.7

5.9

 

Mean band score for the most frequent countries or regions of origin (General Training)

 

General Training

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Australia

6.7

6.2

6.3

7.0

6.6

Bangladesh 6.2 5.6 5.9 6.3 6.1

Brazil

6.4

6.3

6.2

6.8

6.5

China (People's Republic)

6.2

6.1

5.7

5.9

6.0

Colombia

5.7

5.7

5.7

6.0

5.9

Egypt

6.2

5.9

5.9

6.4

6.2

France

6.7

6.8

6.2

6.7

6.7

Germany

7.1

6.8

6.5

7.3

7.0

Hong Kong SAR

6.7

6.5

6.0

6.3

6.4

India

6.4

5.8

5.9

6.3

6.1

Indonesia

6.7

6.4

6.0

6.4

6.4

Iran

6.0

5.8

5.8

6.4

6.1

Ireland

7.9

7.5

7.5

8.7

7.9

Italy

6.1

6.1

5.8

6.3

6.1

Japan

5.8

5.5

5.4

5.7

5.7

Jordan

6.0

5.6

5.6

6.3

5.9

Kenya

6.7

6.3

6.6

7.3

6.8

Korea, South

5.8

5.4

5.3

5.5

5.6

Lebanon

6.4

6.0

6.0

6.7

6.3

Malaysia

7.4

7.1

6.6

7.0

7.1

Mauritius

6.7

6.3

6.4

6.9

6.6

Mexico

6.4

6.4

6.0

6.6

6.4

Nepal

6.3

5.7

5.9

6.2

6.1

Nigeria

5.7

5.6

6.3

7.0

6.2

Pakistan

6.2

5.7

6.1

6.5

6.2

Philippines

6.2

5.7

6.0

6.3

6.1

Romania

6.5

6.4

6.0

6.4

6.4

Russia

6.5

6.4

6.1

6.4

6.4

Saudi Arabia

4.5

3.7

4.5

5.2

4.5

Singapore

7.6

7.3

6.9

7.5

7.4

South Africa

7.4

7.1

7.3

8.3

7.6

Sri Lanka

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.6

6.3

Taiwan

6.1

5.9

5.8

6.2

6.1

Thailand

5.6

5.2

5.3

5.7

5.5

Turkey

5.9

5.6

5.7

6.1

5.9

Ukraine

5.8

5.7

5.6

6.0

5.8

United Arab Emirates

4.3

3.3

4.3

4.9

4.3

United Kingdom 8.0 7.6 7.6 8.7 8.0
United States of America 7.9 7.6 7.6 8.6 8.0

Vietnam

6.0

5.8

5.8

5.8

5.9

 

First Language

 

These figures show the mean overall and individual band scores achieved by 2012 Academic and General Training candidates from the top 40 first language backgrounds.

 

Mean band scores for the most common first languages (Academic)

 

Academic

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Arabic

5.1

4.9

4.9

5.7

5.2

Azeri 6.0 5.8 5.4 6.0 5.9

Bengali

6.0

5.7

5.7

6.0

5.9

Burmese

6.4

6.3

5.7

6.1

6.2

Chinese

5.8

6.0

5.3

5.5

5.7

English*

7.2

6.9

6.6

7.4

7.1

Farsi

6.0

5.9

5.7

6.3

6.0

French

6.6

6.8

6.0

6.5

6.6

German

7.5

7.3

6.6

7.3

7.2

Greek

7.0

6.7

6.0

6.5

6.6

Gujurati

6.1

5.6

5.5

5.8

5.8

Hindi

6.5

6.0

5.8

6.2

6.2

Indonesian

6.3

6.5

5.7

6.0

6.2

Italian

6.4

7.0

5.9

6.3

6.5

Japanese

5.9

6.0

5.3

5.6

5.8

Kazakh

5.7

5.7

5.4

5.8

5.7

Korean

6.1

6.1

5.4

5.7

5.9

Kurdish 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.6 5.3

Lithuanian

7.1

6.7

5.8

6.4

6.6

Malay

6.9

6.8

6.0

6.5

6.6

Malayalam

6.7

6.4

6.1

6.4

6.4

Marathi

7.0

6.4

6.3

6.7

6.6

Nepali

6.2

5.7

5.8

6.0

6.0

Other

6.3

6.1

6.2

6.9

6.5

Pashto

5.3

5.2

5.4

5.8

5.5

Portuguese

6.5

6.8

6.1

6.6

6.5

Punjabi

5.7

5.3

5.2

5.4

5.5

Romanian

7.1

7.1

6.3

6.8

6.9

Russian

6.5

6.5

5.8

6.5

6.4

Singhalese

6.7

6.3

6.0

6.7

6.5

Spanish

6.4

6.7

6.0

6.5

6.5

Tagalog

7.1

6.7

6.3

6.9

6.8

Tamil

6.6

6.2

5.9

6.4

6.4

Telugu

6.2

5.7

5.7

6.0

6.0

Thai

5.9

5.8

5.4

5.8

5.8

Turkish

5.9

5.9

5.5

6.0

5.9

Ukrainian 6.6 6.5 5.9 6.6 6.5

Urdu

5.7

5.5

5.6

5.9

5.7

Uzbek 5.4 5.4 5.0 5.5 5.4

Vietnamese

5.9

6.1

5.6

5.7

5.9

 

* first language as self-chosen by candidates drawn from a wide range nationalities

 

 

Mean band scores for the most common first languages (General Training)

 

 

General Training

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Afrikaans

7.1

6.8

7.0

8.0

7.3

Arabic

5.2

4.6

5.1

5.7

5.2

Bengali

6.2

5.7

5.9

6.4

6.1

Chinese

6.3

6.2

5.8

6.0

6.1

Creole

6.5

6.1

6.3

6.8

6.5

English*

7.3

6.9

7.0

7.8

7.3

Farsi

6.0

5.8

5.8

6.4

6.1

French

5.8

5.8

5.8

6.2

5.9

German

7.0

6.7

6.4

7.2

6.9

Gujurati

6.2

5.6

5.7

6.1

6.0

Hindi 6.6 6.0 6.0 6.5 6.4

Hungarian

6.5

6.2

6.1

6.5

6.4

Ibo/Igbo 5.6 5.5 6.3 7.0 6.2

Indonesian

6.7

6.4

6.0

6.4

6.4

Italian

6.1

6.1

5.8

6.3

6.1

Japanese

5.8

5.5

5.4

5.7

5.7

Kannada

6.9

6.4

6.4

6.8

6.7

Korean

5.8

5.4

5.3

5.5

5.6

Malay

7.2

6.8

6.4

7.0

6.9

Malayalam

6.4

6.0

6.1

6.3

6.2

Marathi

6.9

6.4

6.4

6.8

6.7

Nepali

6.3

5.7

5.9

6.2

6.1

Other

6.1

5.7

6.2

6.8

6.3

Pashto

6.0

5.4

6.0

6.5

6.0

Polish

6.6

6.3

6.1

6.7

6.5

Portuguese

6.4

6.3

6.1

6.7

6.4

Punjabi

6.0

5.2

5.5

5.9

5.7

Romanian

6.4

6.3

6.0

6.4

6.3

Russian

6.3

6.2

5.9

6.3

6.3

Singhalese

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.6

6.4

Spanish

6.0

6.1

5.9

6.3

6.2

Tagalog

6.2

5.7

6.0

6.3

6.1

Tamil

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.4

6.3

Telugu

6.7

6.1

6.1

6.5

6.4

Thai

5.6

5.2

5.3

5.7

5.5

Turkish

5.9

5.6

5.7

6.1

5.9

Ukrainian

5.6

5.4

5.4

5.9

5.6

Urdu

6.3

5.8

6.1

6.5

6.2

Vietnamese

6.0

5.8

5.8

5.8

5.9

Yoruba

5.7

5.7

6.3

6.9

6.2

 

* first language as self-chosen by candidates drawn from a wide range nationalities

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