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Test taker performance 2015

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 test takers in 2015 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.

Note: 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 test takers

Split between Academic and General Training candidature in 2015

  2015
Academic 79.6%
General Training 20.4%

Gender

These figures show the mean overall and individual band scores achieved by 2015 Academic and General Training test takers according to their gender.

Mean band scores for female test takers

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking OVERALL
Academic 6.1
6.1 5.6 5.9 6.0
General Training 6.0 6.3 6.0 6.3 6.2

Mean band scores for male test takers

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking OVERALL
Academic 5.9 6.0 5.4 5.8 5.8
General Training 6.0 6.4 5.9 6.3 6.2

Place of origin

These figures show the mean overall and individual band scores achieved by 2015 Academic and General Training test takers from the top 40 places of origin.

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


Place of origin

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Bangladesh

6.1

5.9

5.7

6.1

6.0

Brazil

6.7

6.9

6.0

6.7

6.7

Canada

7.0

6.7

6.2

7.1

6.8

China (People's Republic of)

5.9

6.1

5.3

5.4

5.7

Colombia

6.2

6.5

5.8

6.4

6.3

Egypt

6.6

6.3

5.9

6.4

6.4

France

7.0

7.2

6.1

6.6

6.8

Germany

7.7

7.5

6.6

7.3

7.3

Greece

7.3

7.1

6.2

6.6

6.9

Hong Kong

6.9

6.7

5.9

6.2

6.5

India

6.1

5.7

5.6

5.8

5.9

Indonesia

6.6

6.6

5.8

6.2

6.4

Iran, Islamic Republic of

6.2

6.0

5.9

6.4

6.2

Iraq

5.5

5.4

5.2

5.9

5.6

Italy

6.7

7.2

5.9

6.5

6.6

Japan

5.9

6.1

5.3

5.6

5.8

Jordan

6.0

5.7

5.5

6.2

5.9

Kazakhstan

5.9

5.9

5.5

5.9

5.8

Korea, Republic of

6.2

6.2

5.4

5.7

5.9

Kuwait

5.4

5.0

4.8

5.6

5.3

Malaysia

7.1

7.0

6.1

6.6

6.8

Mexico

6.7

6.8

5.8

6.5

6.5

Nepal

6.2

5.7

5.7

6.0

6.0

Nigeria

6.5

6.2

6.1

6.8

6.5

Oman

5.1

5.0

5.0

5.7

5.2

Pakistan

6.2

5.9

5.9

6.3

6.1

Philippines

7.2

6.8

6.3

6.8

6.8

Qatar

5.2

4.9

4.7

5.6

5.2

Russian Federation

6.8

6.8

6.0

6.6

6.6

Saudi Arabia

4.9

4.8

4.6

5.5

5.0

Spain

6.9

7.1

6.1

6.7

6.8

Sri Lanka

6.6

6.2

6.0

6.6

6.4

Taiwan

6.2

6.2

5.6

6.0

6.1

Thailand

6.2

6.0

5.5

5.9

6.0

Turkey

6.0

6.0

5.5

6.0

6.0

Ukraine

6.5

6.6

5.9

6.5

6.5

United Arab Emirates

4.7

4.7

4.5

5.3

4.9

United States of America

5.8

5.5

5.4

6.3

5.8

Uzbekistan

5.4

5.5

5.2

5.5

5.4

Viet Nam

6.0

6.2

5.6

5.8

6.0

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

Place of origin

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Australia

7.0

6.6

6.3

7.1

6.8

Bangladesh

6.1

5.7

5.9

6.2

6.0

Brazil

6.5

6.7

6.1

6.7

6.6

China (People's Republic of)

6.1

6.1

5.7

5.8

6.0

Colombia

5.9

5.9

5.8

6.1

6.0

Egypt

6.4

6.1

6.0

6.4

6.3

France

6.8

6.7

6.2

6.7

6.7

Germany

7.1

6.8

6.4

7.3

7.0

Hong Kong

6.6

6.4

5.9

6.2

6.3

India

6.4

6.0

5.9

6.3

6.2

Indonesia

6.3

6.1

5.8

6.2

6.2

Iran, Islamic Republic of

6.1

5.8

6.0

6.4

6.1

Ireland

7.8

7.3

7.3

8.5

7.8

Italy

6.1

6.0

5.7

6.3

6.1

Japan

5.8

5.4

5.4

5.7

5.6

Jordan

6.1

5.7

5.7

6.3

6.0

Korea, Republic of

5.7

5.3

5.3

5.4

5.5

Lebanon

6.7

6.3

6.1

6.6

6.5

Malaysia

7.3

6.9

6.4

6.9

7.0

Mexico

6.1

6.2

5.7

6.3

6.1

Nepal

6.1

5.5

5.8

6.1

6.0

Nigeria

6.3

6.1

6.3

6.9

6.5

Pakistan

6.4

6.0

6.2

6.6

6.4

Philippines

6.4

5.9

6.0

6.4

6.2

Poland

6.8

6.6

6.1

6.8

6.6

Russian Federation

6.8

6.9

6.2

6.6

6.7

Saudi Arabia

4.7

3.7

4.2

5.0

4.5

Singapore

7.7

7.4

6.8

7.4

7.4

South Africa

7.7

7.3

7.1

8.2

7.6

Spain

6.6

6.7

6.1

6.5

6.6

Sri Lanka

6.4

6.1

6.0

6.6

6.3

Syrian Arab Republic

6.2

5.8

5.8

6.4

6.1

Taiwan

5.9

5.5

5.5

6.0

5.8

Thailand

5.3

4.8

5.1

5.5

5.2

Turkey

6.2

6.1

5.8

6.2

6.1

Ukraine

6.0

5.9

5.8

6.2

6.0

United Arab Emirates

4.9

3.9

4.5

5.2

4.7

United States of America

7.6

7.4

7.3

8.3

7.7

Venezuela

6.3

6.6

6.1

6.5

6.4

Viet Nam

6.1

5.9

5.8

5.9

6.0

First language

These figures show the mean overall and individual band scores achieved by 2015 Academic and General Training test takers from the top 40 first language backgrounds.

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

First language* 

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Arabic

5.2

5.0

4.9

5.7

5.3

Azeri

6.2

6.0

5.7

6.0

6.0

Bengali

6.2

5.9

5.8

6.2

6.1

Burmese

6.4

6.3

5.7

6.1

6.2

Chinese

5.9

6.1

5.4

5.5

5.8

English

7.1

6.7

6.3

7.1

6.9

Farsi

6.2

6.0

5.9

6.5

6.2

Filipino

7.2

6.9

6.3

6.8

6.9

French

6.9

7.0

6.1

6.6

6.7

German

7.7

7.5

6.6

7.3

7.4

Greek

7.2

6.9

6.1

6.6

6.8

Gujaurati

5.9

5.6

5.4

5.6

5.7

Hindi

6.4

6.0

5.8

6.1

6.1

Indonesian

6.5

6.6

5.8

6.2

6.4

Italian

6.7

7.2

5.9

6.5

6.6

Japanese

5.9

6.1

5.3

5.6

5.8

Kazakh

5.8

5.8

5.4

5.8

5.8

Khmer

5.8

5.6

5.5

5.9

5.7

Korean

6.2

6.2

5.4

5.7

6.0

Malay

6.9

6.8

6.0

6.4

6.6

Malayalam

6.7

6.4

6.1

6.4

6.5

Marathi

6.9

6.4

6.3

6.6

6.6

Nepali

6.2

5.7

5.8

6.0

6.0

Other

6.5

6.3

6.2

6.9

6.5

Polish

7.3

7.2

6.2

7.0

7.0

Portuguese

6.7

6.9

6.0

6.7

6.7

Punjabi

5.8

5.4

5.3

5.5

5.6

Romanian

7.2

7.2

6.3

6.9

6.9

Russian

6.6

6.6

5.9

6.5

6.5

Singhalese

6.6

6.3

6.0

6.7

6.5

Spanish

6.6

6.8

5.9

6.6

6.6

Tagalog

7.1

6.7

6.2

6.8

6.8

Tamil

6.7

6.3

6.0

6.4

6.4

Telugu

5.8

5.5

5.5

5.7

5.7

Thai

6.2

6.0

5.5

5.9

5.9

Turkish

6.0

6.1

5.5

6.0

6.0

Ukrainian

6.5

6.5

5.9

6.5

6.4

Urdu

6.3

5.9

5.9

6.3

6.1

Uzbek

5.3

5.4

5.1

5.4

5.4

Vietnamese

6.0

6.2

5.6

5.8

6.0

* First language as self-chosen by test takers drawn from a wide range of nationalities

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

First language* 

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

OVERALL

Afrikaans

7.4

7.0

6.8

7.9

7.4

Albanian

5.3

5.2

5.6

6.2

5.6

Arabic

5.8

5.3

5.4

6.1

5.7

Bengali

6.3

5.8

6.0

6.3

6.2

Chinese

6.2

6.1

5.7

5.8

6.0

Creole

6.4

6.1

6.1

6.7

6.4

English

7.1

6.7

6.7

7.4

7.0

Farsi

6.1

5.8

6.0

6.4

6.2

Filipino

6.4

6.0

6.1

6.4

6.3

French

6.3

6.2

6.0

6.4

6.3

German

7.2

6.9

6.5

7.3

7.0

Gujaurati

6.1

5.7

5.6

5.9

5.9

Hindi

6.7

6.3

6.1

6.6

6.5

Ibo/lgbo

6.2

6.0

6.4

6.8

6.4

Indonesian

6.3

6.1

5.8

6.2

6.2

Italian

6.1

6.0

5.7

6.3

6.1

Japanese

5.8

5.4

5.4

5.6

5.6

Kannada

6.7

6.2

6.2

6.7

6.5

Korean

5.7

5.3

5.3

5.4

5.5

Malayalam

6.5

6.2

6.1

6.4

6.4

Marathi

6.8

6.4

6.3

6.7

6.6

Nepali

6.1

5.5

5.8

6.1

6.0

Other

6.3

6.0

6.3

6.9

6.4

Polish

6.8

6.6

6.1

6.8

6.6

Portuguese

6.6

6.7

6.1

6.7

6.6

Punjabi

6.0

5.4

5.6

5.8

5.8

Romanian

6.4

6.3

6.0

6.5

6.4

Russian

6.5

6.5

6.0

6.5

6.4

Serbian

6.7

6.4

5.8

6.4

6.4

Singhalese

6.4

6.1

6.0

6.5

6.3

Spanish

6.2

6.3

5.9

6.4

6.2

Tagalog

6.3

5.8

6.0

6.3

6.2

Tamil

6.4

6.0

6.0

6.4

6.3

Telugu

6.4

5.9

6.0

6.3

6.2

Thai

5.3

4.8

5.1

5.5

5.2

Turkish

6.2

6.1

5.8

6.2

6.1

Ukrainian

5.9

5.8

5.7

6.1

5.9

Urdu

6.4

6.0

6.2

6.6

6.4

Vietnamese

6.1

5.9

5.8

5.9

6.0

Yoruba

6.2

6.1

6.3

6.8

6.4

* First language as self-chosen by test takers drawn from a wide range of nationalities