The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
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.
|Listening||Reading||Writing||Speaking||Average of four components
(total of the four individual
divided by four)
|Test taker A||6.5||6.5||5||7||6.25||6.5|
|Test taker B||4.0||3.5||4.0||4.0||3.875||4.0|
|Test taker C||6.5||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.
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.
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||Academic Reading||General Training Reading|
|Band score||Raw score out of 40||Band score||Raw score out of 40||Band score||Raw score out of 40|
Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:
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