Scoring in IELTS has well defined score parametres that identify under which bands they fell in . Bands are different for Academic Reading & General Reading of IELTS but similar for Listening . Following table of scores will make it easy to understsnd the procedure of Assessment.
Raw Score Band Score
39 - 40 9
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
Marking in IELTS is done on the basis of bands. Theres a defined range of score fall under a band criteria . Details for each band is given here.
Shows complete understanding of English. Uses language
appropriately and with fluency and accuracy. Full operational
Very good user
Has full operational command of the language except in a few
unfamiliar situations. Occasional unsystematic inaccuracies. Complex
and detailed argumentation handled well.
Has operational command of the language with occasional
inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some
situations. Understands detailed reasoning and generally handles
complex language well.
Has effective command of the language. Shows some inaccuracies,
inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. Can use and understand
fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Has partial command of the language. Copes well with overall
meaning in most situations, though many mistakes are likely. Should
be able to handle basic communication in own field.
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Unable to use
complex language and frequently has problems in understanding and
Extremely limited user
Able to convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar
situations. Communication frequently breakdowns.
Has great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English. May
know a few isolated words or phrases useful in familiar situations.
No ability in using the English language. May know a few
The overall band score of a person tends to be calculated on the basis of mean score in the four test segments i.e. Listening , Reading, Writing & Speaking .The score of each of the segments is weighted equally, and the total band score tends to be rounded to the nearest whole or half band.
For example, if a person gets 7 in Listening, 6.0 in Reading, 5.5 in Writing, and 6.5 in Speaking, their IELTS band score, on the whole, shall be:
(7.0+ 6.0 + 5.5+ 6.5 )÷ 4 = 6.22
Hence, the average of 6.22 is rounded off to get a band score of overall 6