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IELTS band scores explained

On the IELTS Test Report Form, you’ll find your overall band score and the results you achieved in each part of the test. 

When you get your IELTS results, you’ll get an overall band score and the results from your Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests. This will be set out in your Test Report Form

Individual test scores

Scores for each of the four skills are equally weighted. Your overall band scores are calculated by taking your mean result for each part of the test. 

Your overall band score

Overall band scores are calculated to the nearest whole or half band. If the average score across the four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band. If it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

Band score examples

1) You achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, giving a total score of 25. 
The mean is then calculated (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25) and this is rounded up to 6.5. So you’ll be awarded an overall band score of 6.5. 

2) If you score an IELTS result of 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, your total score will be 15.5. 
The mean is calculated (15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875) and this is rounded up. So your overall band score will be 4.0.

3) If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking, your total score will be 24.5.
The mean will be calculated (24.5 ÷ 4 = 6.125). This is then rounded down, giving you an overall score of band 6.

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