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IELTS Band Score

IELTS Band Scores  (section wise)

The struggle and preparation for IELTS exam results in one score. The score varies in a range of 0-9 band for each applicant. The mark each student scores in IELTS exam, lets them to infer about their English capability.

Band Score Deviation
1 Non English Usage Candidate
2 Random English Usage Candidate
3 Very Limited English usage candidate
4 Limited English usage candidate
5 Humble English usage candidate
6 Confident English Usage Candidate
7 Professional English Usage Candidate
8 Random English Usage Candidate
9 Excellent English Proficiency

Other than the above scores, half scores like 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 and more also exist. These reflect a little advanced knowledge of English from the previous base marks.

When applying for universities and courses, a score of 6-7 is usually the cut off marks. Off late, some colleges are also setting cut off marks for each section of IELTS test.

Here is explaining each section of IELTS exam with actual score that you can bag and its corresponding band score, for easy understanding.

IELTS Listening and Reading section

Listening test ielts- urbanpro

Total Score: 40 Marks

Actual Score 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
10-12 4

IELTS Reading Section (General)

Actual Score Band Score
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

IELTS Reading (Academic) Section

Actual Score Band Score
39-40 9
37-38 8.5
35-36 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
1-12 4
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IELTS Speaking Section

Here are the areas of assessment in IELTS Speaking section.

Areas of assessment Noteworthy points for scoring
Fluency and coherence
  • Speed of oratory
  • Length of each answer
  • Putting right breaks and pause
  • Elaborate the answers
  • Answer to the point
  • Add examples to your answers
  • Join your sentences using tenses and connectors
Pronunciation
  • Basic pronunciation
  • Inter connecting speech sounds
  • Correct sentence construction
  • Rise and fall of tone (depending on mood of sentence)
Lexical resource
  • Vocabulary of the test taker
  • Stock of words
  • Linguistic rules
  • Variety of vocabulary
  • Communicative functions of speech
  • Literal and social meaning of speech
Grammatical Knowledge and Accuracy
  • Structural composition of writeups
  • Communicative functions of speech

IELTS Speaking test – Scores and their derivations :

Band Score Deviation
5.0
  • Short and very simple response
  • Hesitation in voice
  • Repeating facts and information
  • No example
  • Inadequacy in depth of coverage of the subject
5.5
  • Simple stock of words
  • Lack of clarity in answers
  • Use of simple sentences only
  • Mispronunciation (at times)
  • Hesitation and glitches
6
  • Fluent speech
  • Introduced linking words
  • Impressive use of vocabulary and grammar
  • Introduction of jargons
  • Confidence in tone and voice
6.5
  • Spontaneous speaker
  • Flow in content and communication
  • Good pronunciation
  • Introduction of examples
  • Good use balance of simple and complex sentences
7
  • Confident speaker
  • Prompt response to queries
  • Precise and to the point answers
  • Fair accent and pronunciation
  • Balance of facts and examples

IELTS Writing Section

IELTS writing - urbanpro

The Writing Section of IELTS exam is marked on four parameters:

a) Response to the task
b) Grammar & vocabulary
c) Coherence & cohesion
d) Flow, relativity and connectivity

IELTS examiners mark a write up on each of the above parameter.

So, if an IELTS candidate scores:

Response to the task 6
Grammar and Vocabulary 6
Coherence & cohesion 6
Flow, relativity and connectivity 6
Total Score 24

The total score of Writing section is divided by 4, to get the band score. With 24 as the total score, the band score of Writing section will come to 6.

Alike this, in the Writing section of IELTS exam each part is marked and the total is divided by 4, to get the band score.

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