How to Calculate IELTS Result

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP Education Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test, with more than 2.5 million tests taken in the last year.

The IELTS test has four components: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The test results are reported on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a level of ability.

The table below shows the IELTS test scores and the corresponding levels of ability.

Band score level

  • 9 Expert user
  • 8 Very good user
  • 7 Good user
  • 6 Competent user
  • 5 Modest user
  • 4 Limited user
  • 3 Extremely limited user
  • 2 No command
  • 1 Did not attempt the test
  • 0 Did not answer

To calculate your IELTS score, assign one band for each component and then calculate the average of the four band scores.

For example, if your scores for the listening, reading, writing and speaking components are 7, 6, 5 and 4, then your IELTS score would be 6 (the average of the four band scores).

If you want to convert your IELTS score to the corresponding level of ability, use the table above.

For example, if your IELTS score is 6, then you have a good level of ability in English.


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