IELTS SCORE CALCULATOR

IELTS Band Scores: How they are calculated

The IELTS band score tables below explain the scoring to help you calculate and understand your score. Understanding the requirements for your target score is essential for success in IELTS.

How the IELTS Band Scores are Calculated

All IELTS scores are between 0 and 9. You can also get .5 scores as well (for example, 6.5 or 7.5). You will get a band score for each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and also an overall band score. The overall band score is the average score of all the skills. See the table below as an

Example no. 1

Listening Speaking Reading Writing Average Overall Band
6.5
6.5
6.5
5.0
6.12
6.0

Example no. 2

Listening Speaking Reading Writing Average Overall Band
4.0
4.0
3.5
4.0
3.87
4.0
  • If your overall score is 6.1, your score will go down to 6. This is the nearest whole band score. In other words, 6.1 is closer to band 6 than to 6.5.
  • If your overall score is calculated to be 6.85, your final result will be band 7. This is because 6.85 is closer to band 7 than to band 6.5.
  • If your overall score is an average of 6.25, your score will be increased to 6.5. The score 6.25 is actually precisely between band 6 and 6.5, so in this case IELTS will push it up to the nearest score which is 6.5.
  • If your overall score is an average of 6.75, your score will be increased to 7. This score again is precisely between 6.5 and band 7. In this case, your score will be rounded up to band 7.
  • As you can see above, your score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or whole score as shown above. You can confirm this information on the official BC IELTS Website.

IELTS Band Score

9 Skill Level: Expert

What is it mean by band 9:

The test taker has fully operational command of the language.

Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

8 Skill Level: Very good

What is it mean by band 8:

The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage.

They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.

 

7 Skill Level: Good

What is it mean by band 7:

The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations.

They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

6 Skill Level: Competent

What is it mean by band 6:

The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings.

They can use and understand reasonably complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

5 Skill Level: Modest

What is it mean by band 5:

The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes.

They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.

4 Skill Level: Limited

What is it mean by band 4:

The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations.They frequently show problems in understanding and expression.

3 Skill Level: Extremely limited

What is it mean by band 3:

The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations.

There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

2 Skill Level: Intermittent

What is it mean by band 2:

The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

1 Skill Level: Non-user

What is it mean by band 1:

The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.

0 Skill Level: Did not attempt the test

The test taker did not answer the questions.

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