IELTS Band Scores 2023: Section Wise IELTS Score, Marking Scheme & Score Validity

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Updated on Jan 23, 2023 09:42 IST

Band Score Chart: After taking the IELTS exam, now it is time to wait for the IELTS band scores. It will take less than two weeks to get the results. To know the scores, one needs to visit the IDP or British Council’s official website. Candidates will receive their IELTS score for all four sections in a band of 1-9. Apart from this, they will also receive their overall band score. It is important for candidates to understand how to calculate bands in IELTS. In this article, we will also explain how to calculate IELTS scores. Also, check out the IELTS Band Scores explained in detail to understand how the scoring pattern work.

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How IELTS Band Scores are Calculated?

It is important to understand how the IELTS score is calculated. The IELTS test is scored between 1 (the lowest) to ss9 (the highest). A candidate can also get scores in .5 also e.g. 5.5 or 6.5. Candidates get a band score for each of the skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) and an overall band score. The overall band score is the average of all the skills. The band scores are rounded to the nearest whole band or half band.

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Listening

The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions and for each correct answer student is awarded one mark; therefore, the maximum raw score you can achieve is 40. A band score ranging from band 1 to band 9 is then awarded based on your raw score.

Reading

The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions and for each correct answer student is awarded one mark; therefore, the maximum raw score you can achieve is 40. A band score ranging from band 1 to band 9 is then awarded based on your raw score.

Writing

The IELTS Writing band descriptors can help you understand how an examiner assesses your Writing Task 1 and 2 responses.

Speaking

The IELTS Speaking band descriptors can help you understand how an examiner will assess you during the Speaking test.

Section

Score

Listening

6.5

Reading

6.5

Writing

5.0

Speaking

7.0

Overall Band Score

6.5

In IELTS Result, you will get a band score for each section and an overall band score that is an average of the band scores for Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. IELTS band scores are given as a whole or are rounded up to the nearest half-band score. If you look at the above table then the average of the four sections comes out to be 6.25 but it rounded off to 6.5, so, the overall band score comes out to be 6.5

Below we have given some possible scenarios that will help you understand how IELTS score banding works.

  • In case, your overall band score is 7.75 then your final score will be 8.
  • In case, your overall band score is 7.25 then your final score will be increased to 7.5
  • In case, your overall band score is 7.85 then your final score will be 8.
  • In case, your overall band score is 7.1 then your score will be 7 as this is the nearest whole band score.

IELTS Band Scores 2023 Descriptors

Read the IELTS band scores chart to understand the descriptor of each band score.

Band score

Skill Level

Descriptors

9

Expert user

The test taker has complete command of the language. Their use of the English language is fluent and shows a complete understanding of the language

8

Very good user

The test taker has complete command of the language with few inaccuracies. They handle complex situations well. They may misunderstand certain unfamiliar situations

7

Good user

The test taker has a good command of the English language with inaccuracies occasionally and inappropriate usage in certain situations. They understand detailed reasoning well and handle complex language well

6

Competent user

The test taker has an effective command of the language with some inappropriate usage and some inaccuracies. They can understand the complex language well in familiar situations

5

Modest user

The test taker has partial command of the English language and can deal with overall meaning. They make many mistakes. They can handle basic communication in their field

4

Limited user

The test taker is limited to familiar situations only. He/she cannot use complex language and frequently shows problems in understanding and expression

3

Extremely limited user

The test taker understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are repeated breakdowns in communication

2

Intermittent user

The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English

1

Non-user

The test taker cannot use the English language except for a few isolated words

0

Did not attempt the test

The test taker did not answer the questions

While checking the scores, you need to submit details of the candidate number, passport number, test date, identification document number, and date of birth. So, make sure to keep all these basic details with you before checking the scores. Also, keep these details handy for the next 28 days, as after this you won’t be able to see them online. This is just a preview, which is not counted as official. This is to help candidates to see their results before getting an Official Test Report form. The test report comprises the scores of all 4 sections. Make sure to keep this report completely safe as only one copy is issued per candidate. The higher your IELTS score is the better your chances of getting into your dream university.

Minimum IELTS Score

It depends on the country, university, or organization you are targeting. As such, there is no concept of a minimum IELTS score. However, the university/college/organization you are targeting may have its own set of minimum requirements for the IELTS score. The IELTS score can play a crucial role in your selection criteria.

IELTS Section Wise Band Score

The IELTS score is calculated after taking an average of all the sections. Check out the IELTS Band scores section-wise.

Listening Band Score

In the Listening section, the applicants have to listen to conversations, recorded texts, and monologues and write answers based on them. We have provided the table, so, you can calculate your estimated IELTS Listening band score using it. Also, there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Correct Answers   

Band Score

39-40

9

37-38

8.5

35-36     

8

32-34     

7.5

30-31     

7

26-29     

6.5

23-25     

6

18-22     

5.5

16-17     

5

13-15     

4.5

11-12     

4

Reading Band Score

The reading section comprises 40 questions based on three passages. We have provided the table, so, you can calculate your estimated IELTS Reading band score using it. In addition to this, there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Correct Answers   

Band Score

40-39    

9

38-37    

8.5

36-35    

8

34-33    

7.5

32-30    

7

29-27    

6.5

26-23    

6

22-19    

5.5

18-15    

5

14-13    

4.5

12-10    

4

9-8      

3.5

7-6      

3

5-4      

2.5

IELTS Writing Assessment Criteria

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score on the below-mentioned criteria

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2): Candidates need to follow the instructions carefully in the prompt, answering the question or performing the task completely.
  • Coherence and Cohesion: It analyses the student's writing structure and how well they organized the essay and paragraphs. Whether transitions are useful, clear, and present. The relevance of ideas and supporting details.
  • Lexical Resource: It analyses the candidates' ability to use vocabulary in an effective way.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy: It measures how the candidates use varied sentence structures and how they used grammar correctly.

Examiners give equal weightage to each of the criteria mentioned above and the score on the task is average.

IELTS Speaking Assessment Criteria

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the mentioned criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence: This is the most important criterion for measuring IELTS Speaking skills. Here, a candidate needs to show that he/she is how much confident with the usage of the language.
  • Lexical Resource: It measures whether the candidate has used a good range of vocabulary accurately.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy: It analyses whether the candidate has used grammatical forms correctly.
  • Pronunciation: It analyses how the candidate makes vowel and consonant sound along with intonation.

Examiners give equal weightage to each of the criteria mentioned above and the Speaking band score is the average.

Also Read:

IELTS Resources

IELTS Syllabus

IELTS Pattern

IELTS Practice Tests

IELTS Band Scores FAQs

Q. How many sections are there on the IELTS examination?

A. IELTS examination has 4 sections: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking sections of IELTS 2022 follow the same pattern for both IELTS Academics and IELTS General Training, there is a slight variation in the exam pattern for the Writing and Reading sections.

Q. Will I get an overall IELTS band score or individual section scores?

A. A candidate will be provided with individual section scores as well as an overall IELTS band score. You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The average produces your overall band score. 

Q. What is the minimum IELTS score for Canada PR?

A. There is no such minimum IELTS score for Canada PR. However, the more your score, the better are your chances in the Express Entry Pool. You can refer to this article for more information.

Q. What is the average IELTS score for Canada universities?

A. Universities in Canada have varying IELTS score cut-offs. You can refer to this article for detailed information on the same. In general- When it comes to education or degree level and IELTS requirements, then for undergraduate programs, you will need at least 5.5 bands in every section along with an overall score of 6.0.

Q. Can I miss any section of the IELTS examination?

A. No. In order to receive your complete IELTS score, you need to appear for all the sections of the IELTS exam. 

Q. Will my exam fee be refunded, if I cancel my IELTS exam?

A. Yes, your IELTS Exam Fees will be refunded minus the exam's 25% administrative fee. You are required to request exam cancellation five weeks before the exam date. If you cancel on the exam date, then you’ll not get a refund. You must produce a reliable medical certificate within five days of the test date to get a refund minus local administrative fees.

Q. How to calculate the IELTS listening score?

A . The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Students need to answer the questions and for each correct answer, they are awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Q. Can I retake only one section of IELTS?

A . Starting in March 2023, students can retake the IELTS for one component if they did not get the desired score on the first attempt. Students must retake the entire test for all four modules: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
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Hiba Jameel

2 years ago

I got 6.5 overall in ielts! In each of the band 7 for writing, 6.5 for both listening and speaking and 5.5 in writing! Is this acceptable? Can i get study visa for canada?

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Hiba, please elaborate on your query and let us know which course you want to study further, so, we can assist you better. Also, if you secure admission at a recognized school then you are eligible to apply for a Canada student visa.

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