How to Estimate Your IELTS Band Score

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of most prospective students who desire to pursue their education at an institution in another country. Anyone considering taking the IELTS exam should be aware of the formula used to determine the band score for the exam. The following paragraphs will discuss the methodology behind determining IELTS band scores.

The formula for determining your IELTS Band Score uses a band scale ranging from 0 to 9 and converts your achieved marks into this score. Everyone considering taking the IELTS exam should know the IELTS band score calculation. The subsequent discussion will cover all of the specifics regarding the score conversion in addition to the total IELTS band score calculation.

As you read through this blog, our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to know about calculating your IELTS band score so that you can avoid having to take the exam more than once. In any other case, if it turns out that you had to retake the IELTS test, make sure that you don't make the same mistakes again by familiarizing yourself with the process that is used to calculate your IELTS band score.

The scores on the IELTS range from 0 to 9. Candidates are given a band score at the end of each portion of the exam (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) and an overall band score that is the average of their scores throughout all four sections. Candidates have the opportunity to get scores as low as 5 as well as high as 6.5 or 7.

IELTS Band Scores Description

9- Expert user: The test taker has complete command of the language. Their use of the English language is fluent and shows a complete understanding of the language

8 - Very good user: The test taker has complete command of the language with few inaccuracies. They handle complex situations well. They may misunderstand in certain unfamiliar situations

7 - Good user: The test taker has a good command of the English language with inaccuracies occasionally and inappropriate usage in certain situations. They understand detailed reasoning well and handle complex language well

6 - Competent user: The test taker effectively commands the language with some inappropriate usage and inaccuracies. They can understand the complex language well in familiar situations

5 - Modest user: The test taker has partial command of the English language and can deal with overall meaning. They make many mistakes. They can handle basic communication in their field

4 - Limited user: The test taker is limited to familiar situations only. They cannot use complex language and frequently shows problems in understanding and expression

3 - Extremely limited user: The test taker understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are repeated breakdowns in communication

2 - Intermittent user: The test taker has great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English

1 - Non-user: The test taker cannot use the English language except for a few isolated words

0 - Did not attempt the test: The test taker did not answer the questions

Let's begin by understanding the different sorts of IELTS scores before going on to the method of score calculation. There are two different kinds of scores on the IELTS:

1. The Total Scores for Each Band

2. Scores for the Individual Band Sections

Students receive a band score (sectional band score) for each of the four parts of the examination, with the band scores ranging from 0 to 9 in increments of half a point (9 being the highest score possible). In addition, test takers are given a total score, often known as an overall band score, ranging from 0 to 9. This number is determined by adding the scores from each of the four sections, dividing the result by four, and then rounding the result to the nearest half point. For instance, the sum of the sectional band scores of 6.5, 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5 equals 24.5. After that, the overall score is calculated by dividing this sum by four, resulting in 6.125, which is then converted into a complete score of 6.0 for each band.

Both the academic version of the IELTS and the general training version use the same grading system.

Now we will divide the entire process of calculating your IELTS score into two sections, the first of which is calculating your overall band score. The four individual scores are averaged together to determine the Overall Band Score, which is then rounded to the nearest full or half band. This score ranges from 0 to 9 bands and is derived from them. The score is rounded up or down to the nearest whole band or half band, respectively. The following are some examples to illustrate this grading structure for your convenience.

When the overall score reaches a decimal point that is a quarter of a point, it is rounded up to the next half band. For instance, if the average is 6.25, we would round it up to 6.50. When the overall score reaches.75, it is rounded up to the next whole band if the average score ends in.75. As an illustration, a mean score of 6.75 would be rounded up to 7.0. The total score will be lower if the average score has a decimal point at the end of it. For instance, a score of 6.1 out of 10 will be rounded to 6.0.

How do they determine your sectional band score on the IELTS?

Now we will discuss the methodology behind determining the sectional band scores on the IELTS. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that has various levels. Sectional band score refers to the total score accumulated at each level. You can receive a score anywhere from one to nine for each phase. There is a possibility of half results, such as 6.5.

Although universities often demand a total IELTS score of either 6 or 7, the majority of schools also stipulate a minimum score for each component of the exam.

The following is a section-by-section breakdown of how sectional band scores are computed and the criteria used to evaluate each of the four sections (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking).

How are the scores for the Listening and Reading sections of the IELTS determined?

The following tabular chart provides the means to determine the band scores for the listening and reading examinations. There are a total of 80 questions spread over these two parts. You earn one mark for every correct answer, but you don't lose any marks if you give the wrong answer. The following band scores are assigned to you based on the number of questions you answered correctly and the total points you obtained:

How does one determine their score on the IELTS Writing section?

IELTS Writing Task 1 and IELTS Writing Task 2 both have a total score out of nine that is determined by how well candidates perform on the following criteria:

1. Task Achievement (for task 1)

2. Task Response (for task 2)

3. Coherence and cohesiveness of the whole

4. Lexical Resource

5. Flexibility and precision in grammatical usage

A score ranging from 0 to 9 will be assigned to account for each of these considerations. After then, the overall score is calculated by averaging these points together. Please consider that the importance placed on task 2 is twice as much as the significance placed on task 1.

Candidates can also review the performance descriptors associated with each band score. The candidate's level of English proficiency in this section will be evaluated based on how well they do according to these performance criteria. Those planning on taking the IELTS soon might consult these descriptors to get an idea of the subtests they should do well on to achieve a certain score.

How is the score for the IELTS Speaking test determined?

In addition, the score for the speaking portion of the exam ranges from 0 to 9 and is determined by the following factors:

1. Flow and consistency of speech

2. Lexical resource

3. The breadth and depth of grammatical coverage

4. Pronunciation

IELTS applicants can review these performance descriptors for band scores in this area to better understand the criteria that will be used to evaluate them in the speaking test if they choose to take it.


The information presented until this point was a comprehensive look at the IELTS scoring method. Now, candidates may have deduced from the tables presented thus far that obtaining band scores of 7 in both the overall and sectional categories is difficult. This is the typical minimum requirement universities in other countries place on applicants seeking admissions. If one were to prepare for the IELTS test in an organized and regular manner, however, achieving a respectable score on the exam would not be difficult. Candidates should now begin preparing for the examination at a full-swing level, keeping in mind the scoring systems, performance descriptors, and assessment parameters that have been presented.