IELTS scores are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). You will be given a band score from 1 to 9 for each section of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The overall band score is calculated as an average of your four individual test section band scores.


Listening
The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correctly answered question is awarded one mark; therefore the maximum raw score you can achieve is 40. A band score ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 is then awarded on the basis of your raw score.


Reading
The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correctly answered question is awarded one mark; therefore the maximum raw score you can achieve is 40. A band score ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 is then awarded on the basis of your raw score.


Writing
The IELTS Writing band descriptors can help you understand how an examiner will assess your Writing Task 1 and Task 2 responses.


Speaking
The IELTS Speaking band descriptors can help you understand how an examiner will assess you during the Speaking test.

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