IELTS Band Score Calculation – Calculating General and Academic Band Scores for all the Categories

All the IELTS band scores are between 0 – 9. You have band scores for each category of the IELTS test that is reading, writing, listening and speaking. There can also be .5 in the score band, for example, 8.5, 5.5, etc. The overall band score is calculated based on the average score of all the skills of different categories.

IELTS Band Scores based on different categories

There are different band scores for different categories of the IELTS Exam. Therefore all the categories are very important. Below it is shown how the band scores are allotted for different categories.

IELTS Listening Band Score

The listening test consists of 40 questions and each question carries 1 mark for the correct answer. The score of 40 is converted to the 9 band score. In the IELTS listening test, there is no negative marking and you do not lose any marks for wrong answers.

Below are the marks you need to achieve in order to get a particular band score in the Academic reading test.

Score out of 40Band Score
165
236
307
358

 

IELTS Reading Band Score

The reading test is the same as the listening test where there will be 40 questions and each correct answer carries 1 mark and the total score is converted to a total band score of 9.

Academic and General Training tests are scored in the same way but there may be a slight change in the category or the type of text. In academic the vocabulary, grammar might be slightly complex, whereas in general training it may be slightly easy.

Below are the marks you need to achieve in order to get a particular band score in the Academic reading test.

Score out of 40Band Score
155
236
307
358

Below are the marks you will have to achieve in order to get a particular band score in the General Training test.

IELTS Writing Band Score

Score out of 40Band Score
154
235
306
347
388

The writing category in IELTS is scored on the basis of 4components they are as follow:

Task achievement (Writing Task 1) and Task Response (Writing Task 2):

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5It is achieved when there is no relevant data, there are no supporting statements, vocabulary is not used in the right place, all the components are not properly covered while writing the exam
Band 6It is achieved when the main components are highlighted, there are supporting statements, relevant data is used but some sentences or data that are used may be inaccurate
Band 7It is achieved when the main components are highlighted in an understandable and clear way, there are supporting statements that are clearly mentioned, there is no irrelevant data at all but there are some areas which need some correction.
Band 8It is achieved when the overall composition is clear and no corrections are required at all.

Coherence and Cohesion:

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5It is achieved when there is no proper organization of ideas, liking of ideas or information is not done properly, there are only a few paragraphs
Band 6It is achieved when the information is organized by linking the ideas, there may be some fault in linking the information or sentences, paragraphing is done in a quite good manner, referencing is done in a wrong way.
Band 7It is achieved when the information is organized logically, there is a good paragraphing as well as good referencing, linking devices are used. But there may be underuse or overuse of the devices.
Band 8It is achieved when the information, as well as the ideas, are organized logically, there is no issue in paragraphing, the referencing is made perfectly, there is no problem in the usage of linking devices as well.

Lexical Resource:

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5It is achieved when there are a lot of grammatical errors and wrong spellings, sentences are formed using the wrong vocabulary, the reader finds it difficult to read or understand the sentence.
Band 6It is achieved when the reader is able to understand what you are willing to communicate, there are some spelling mistakes, common words are used less with little error in it, the vocabulary used is understandable.
Band 7It is achieved when there is sufficient use of vocabulary, collocations are used in the sentences, there are spelling mistakes or mistakes in vocabulary only sometimes.
Band 8It is achieved when there are no mistakes at all in the spellings, a lot of vocabulary is used in an accurate way, and common words are used efficiently.

Grammar Range and Accuracy:

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5 It is achieved when there is no structured sentence, a lot of grammatical errors, using complex sentences that are not understandable by the reader, wrong usage of punctuation.
Band 6It is achieved when the reader can understand the sentences, there some error is grammar as well as usage of punctuation, there are simple as well as complex sentences which need to be more structured.
Band 7It is achieved when there are differently structured sentences, fewer mistakes in the sentences used, there are few errors in grammar as well as usage of punctuation sometimes.
Band 8It is achieved when the sentences used completely error-free and there are a lot of structured sentences used. 

Resources to help you score better in IELTS Writing

IELTS Speaking Band Score

The speaking category of IELTS task is also scored on the basis of 4 components which are stated below:

Fluency and Coherence

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5It is achieved when there is the repetition of words while speaking, speaking slowly, over usage of certain sentences, using complex words that disturbs the fluency of language.
Band 6It is achieved when trying to speak at one stretch, hesitation, fails to give the link the ideas, flexibly trying to connect the two sentences.
Band 7It is achieved when you can speak a sentence in one stretch without any effort, build the topic given easily or in an appropriate way, sometimes failing to tell the correct words due to hesitation.
Band 8It can be achieved when you can speak fluently and using the words repeatedly only sometimes, the topic given is developed fully and appropriately.

Lexical Resource

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5 It is achieved when you are able to use the known and unknown sentences but difficult to understand the vocabulary, paraphrasing is used in a manageable way.
Band 6is achieved when paraphrasing is done appropriately, able to discuss the vocabularies in the sentences, but the sentences are slightly inappropriate.
Band 7It is achieved when you use vocabulary to discuss the various topics, usage of collocations and idioms is done but there are some inappropriate sentences.
Band 8It is achieved when a lot of vocabulary is used to discuss the topics and the sentences are used accurately, the idioms and collocations are used effectively and there are no mistakes in sentences 

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Band ScoreTask Achievement
Band 5It is achieved when the sentences are formed with less accuracy, there are no proper structured sentences and there is a problem of comprehension.
Band 6It is achieved by giving both simple and complex structured sentences, there are some mistakes in the sentences which cause comprehension problems.
Band 7It can be achieved by speaking complex sentences with fewer mistakes and slight grammatical errors.
Band 8 can be achieved by using accurate structures sentences consistently, the ‘slips’ are not counted as it happens by mistake.

Pronunciation 

Band Score Task Achievement
Band 5It is achieved when the complex sentences are used rarely, only basic sentences are formed with less accuracy, the sentences used may have some mistakes as well as comprehension issues.
Band 6It can be achieved when the pronunciation of difficult words is made but there is no clarity in the words.
Band 7It is achieved when you use the pronunciation feature many times, easy to understand for the listener.
Band 8It is achieved when the pronunciation feature is used fully in the sentences, there will be no mistakes and comprehension issues in the sentence.

Resources to help you score better in IELTS Speaking

This page helps you to understand, which part you need to focus more on in order to the high band in the IELTS exam.

 

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