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Friday, April 20, 2018

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the IELTS Scoring System

Whether you’re taking the IELTS UKVI, Academic, General Training, or Life Skills exam, it’s imperative that you know how the test is scored. Knowing how you’re going to be assessed has a lot of advantages.
              ·         It’ll help you determine which sections to prioritize.
              ·         It’ll help tailor your review to the various criteria of the exam.
              ·         It’ll enlighten you as to how your performance in one part of the exam will affect your performance in the other parts of the exam.

Below is a comprehensive overview of the IELTS exam’s scoring system. Study up on it during your IELTS review center classes to boost your chances of success.

How is the IELTS overall band score computed?

The IELTS overall band score is indicated by the numbers 0–9—sometimes, with a .5 (e.g., 5.5 and 7.5). It’s the average of the four test components.

If your overall grade has a decimal point that’s not exactly .5 (like 4.25 or 7.75), it’s rounded to the nearest whole or half band value. Confused? Check out the examples below.








Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking
Average of the four components
Overall band score reported in the IELTS card
IELTS Taker A
6
5.5
4
6.5
5.5
5.5
IELTS Taker B
8
7.5
8
7
7.625
8
IELTS Taker C
5
5.5
5.5
5.5
5.375
5.5
IELTS Taker D
6
6.5
6.5
5.5
6.125
6

The overall band score of all of the test’s versions (IELTS UKVI, Life Skills, Academic and General Training) are calculated this way.

How is each IELTS component scored?

The IELTS listening exam is composed of 40 items. The score out of 40 is translated to the IELTS nine-band scale. Here’s how the raw grade is converted.

Correct Answers
Band Score Equivalent
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

The IELTS reading exam is composed of 40 questions. Similar to the listening exam, what appears on the IELTS card is the nine-band scale equivalent of its raw score.

Since there are two versions of the reading exam (IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training), the conversion varies depending on the IELTS test type. Check out the tables below to learn more.

IELTS ACADEMIC
Correct Answers
Band Score Equivalent
39–40
9
37–38
8.5
36–36
8
33–34
7.5
30–32
7
27–29
6.5
23–26
6
19–22
5.5
15–18
5
13–14
4.5
10–12
4
8–9
3.5
6–7
3
4–5
2.5


IELTS GENERAL TRAINING
Correct Answers
Band Score Equivalent
40
9
39
8.5
37–38
8
36
7.5
34–35
7
32–33
6.5
30–31
6
27–29
5.5
23–26
5
19–22
4.5
15–18
4
12–14
3.5
9–11
3
6–8
2.5

The IELTS writing exam is composed of two tasks. Both tasks are assessed using the same criteria.

                ·         Task Achievement (Task 1) and Task Response (Task 2)
                ·         Coherence and Cohesion
                ·         Lexical Resource
                ·         Grammar Range and Accuracy

These criteria are marked equally. The band score in the writing exam is the average of the two tasks.  

The IELTS speaking exam is scored by examiners using the following criteria:

                ·         Fluency and Coherence
                ·         Lexical Resource
                ·         Grammatical Range and Accuracy
                ·         Pronunciation

These criteria are marked equally. And, like in the writing exam, the speaking band score is the average of the component’s various tasks.

Want to learn more about the IELTS scoring system and supercharge your test performance? Enroll in an IELTS Review center! 

References:
"How IELTS Is Scored." Calculate IELTS Score, IELTS Score Calculator. Accessed March 27, 2018. https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/how-ielts-is-scored.

"IELTS Band Scores: How They Are Calculated." IELTS Liz. Accessed March 27, 2018. http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-band-scores/.

"IELTS Scoring in Detail." IELTS Scoring Calculate Your Band Score. Accessed March 27, 2018. https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/ielts-scoring-in-detail.