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Common European Framework equivalencies

How does your IELTS score equate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)?

Find out your equivalent CEFR level –  use the chart below to check your IELTS results against CEFR. 

Mapping of IELTS results against CEFR is informed by the latest research, long-established experience of test use within education and society, and feedback from stakeholders to ensure accuracy. 

How to work out your CEFR score

The table indicates the IELTS band scores you’ll need to achieve to reach the threshold of each CEFR level.

PLEASE NOTE: the band scores referred to in both tables are the overall scores and not the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking scores.