IELTS Band Score and Marking Criteria

Calculation of IELTS Band Score

Range of band score lies between 0 and 9. IELTS marking scheme tallies all four fields of listening, reading, writing and speaking to compute results. This result can be in figures of fraction. While calculating:

  • If overall score is an average of 0.25, score will be increased to o.5.
  • If overall score is an average of 0.75, it will be rounded off to a whole number.
  • If overall score is 0.1, it will go down to closest whole number.
  • Score is rounded up or down to nearest 0.5.

IELTS Listening Score

Total number of questions are 40. Each question carries one mark. There is no negative marking in IELTS exam.

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IELTS Reading Scores

Just like listening, IELTS reading scores are assessed on the basis of 40 questions with each carrying one mark.
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IELTS Writing Scores

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Writing scores are awarded on the basis of four dimensions. These are:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1) and Task Response (for Task 2):
    Examiner assesses the candidate’s ability to present authentic information, providing an overview, highlighting key-features or points and supporting detail with data in Task 1.
    For Task 2, addressing the question, developing facts to support your point and stating a conclusion are checked.
  • Coherence and Cohesion:
    Here, organizing ideas or information into paragraphs, using a range of linking devices and punctuations are assessed. In regard to Task 2, logical organisation of essay with having one central idea for each paragraph is called for.
  • Lexical Resource:
    Lexical Resource means having wide range of vocabulary with ability to use paraphrases, collocations, correct spelling and avoiding errors.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy:
    Using a range of sentence structures, grammar tenses and punctuations will help score well.

IELTS Speaking Scoresielts-with-helena-ielts-speaking

Following is the marking criteria for speaking part of the IELTS Exam. These parameters are considered before marking:

  • Fluency
    Counselor weighs your ability to talk for a long time, without pauses or hesitation and self-correction. Clarity in your speech so that it’s understandable.
  • Lexical Resource
    Lexical Resource means having wide range of vocabulary with ability to use paraphrases, collocations, correct spelling and avoiding errors.
  • Grammar and Accuracy
    Using a range of sentence structures, grammar tenses and punctuations will help score well.
  • Pronunciation
    If your examiner is able to understand you throughout the test and is impressed by your use of collocations, words, phrases with accurate pronunciation, you’re bound to score well in this sphere.

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