Setting IELTS entry scores

Register your score requirements

Show millions of test takers the IELTS scores you require for entry to your organization. Register your details to appear on our 'Who accepts IELTS?' tool.

Every organisation that accepts IELTS can set a score that matches their requirements.

When deciding on the most appropriate IELTS scores for entry to your organisation, you should consider
the following three points:

  1. The demands placed on language ability in your working context.
  2. The type of applicants you are likely to attract.
  3. The type and level of language skills required for tasks such as giving presentations, carrying out research,
    teaching and so on.

This will help you set your overall IELTS band score, and individual scores for the four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Guidance for educational institutions

The table below gives guidance on acceptable IELTS band score requirements for different programmes. However, it should be noted that many diverse variables can affect student performance, of which language ability is but one.

Band Score Linguistically demanding academic courses Linguistically less demanding academic courses Linguistically demanding training courses Linguistically less demanding training courses
7.5 – 9 Acceptable Acceptable Acceptable Acceptable
7.0 Probably acceptable Acceptable Acceptable Acceptable
6.5 English study needed Probably acceptable Acceptable Acceptable
6.0 English study needed English study needed Probably acceptable Acceptable
5.5 English study needed English study needed English study needed Probably acceptable

Speaking test samples

IELTS Scores Guide

The IELTS Scores Guide is an essential tool for anyone who needs to understand how IELTS scores relate to language ability, including course designers, teachers and employers. It includes:

  • videos of spoken performances at different points on the 9-band scale, with comments from examiners
  • sample writing tasks provided by test takers at different points on the 9-band scale, with comments from examiners
  • sample questions and answers from Listening and Reading tests
  • a supporting booklet, that includes an overview of the test format and the IELTS assessment criteria
  • surveys to help you set your own score requirements
  • information on how to set up a score-setting committee.

Request a copy of the Scores Guide

Next steps for your organisation

Watch the IELTS Scores Guide

Invite colleagues who process IELTS scores at your organization to watch and review the IELTS Scores Guide.

Complete the IELTS score survey

Ask colleagues to complete the IELTS score-setting survey to assess whether your IELTS entry requirements are at the right level.

Appoint a score-setting committee

Appoint a team to review the outcome of the IELTS score-setting survey and make recommendations on behalf of your organization.