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Common European Framework equivalencies

Relating IELTS scores to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The chart illustrates how the IELTS band scores map onto the CEFR levels. The mapping is based upon a growing body of research, combined with long established experience of test use within education and society, as well as feedback from a range of test stakeholders regarding the uses of test results for particular purposes.

Work continues to refine our understanding of the relationship between IELTS and the CEFR levels. Please note that the band scores referred to in both tables are the overall scores and not the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking scores.

The table indicates the IELTS band scores we expect to be achieved at the threshold of each particular CEFR level.

Chart showing how the IELTS band scores map onto the Common European Framework levels.