IELTS Scoring Detail

The candidates are required to score well in all the modules so that they can get their required band score in every module as well as overall. The candidates are marked on the basis of a 9 band system. In Listening and Reading, objective marking is there which can be done from the band charts provided for the same. Writing and Speaking have subjective parameters ranging from task achievement, coherence and cohesion in writing and fluency, grammar and accuracy in Speaking to name a few.

The candidates have to fulfill all these parameters in order to get their required scores. Undoubtedly, “Hard Work will be their key to success”. All it takes is focus, will and hard work.

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Calculating Overall Band Score:

8.0 + 7.5 + 7.0 + 7.5 = 30 (Total of all the four modules)
30 / 4 = 7.5 (Average of the total score)

All the IELTS scores are between 0 and 9. Also you get scores in .5 like 6.5, 7.5 . You will get a band score for each skill, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score. The Overall Band score is the average of all the 4 modules.

The overall IELTS test results are calculated to the nearest 0.5 or nearest whole band score. That means if the final score does not come down to a precise 6.5, then the score is pushed to the nearest whole score or half score depending which is nearest.

Let’s understand this with the help of an example –

Your score would be rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or whole score .

If your overall score is 7.2 then your score will fall down to 7 which is the nearest whole band score. 7.2 is closer to 7 than 7.5

Similarly if the band score is 6.85, then the final band score is rounded off to 7 as 6.85 is closer to 7 as compared to 6.5

If your overall score is 7.25, then your score will be increased to 7.5 as the score 7.25 is between 7 and 7.5 so in such cases the score is pushed up to the nearest score which is 7.5

In case of the score being 5.75, your score will be increased to 6 as 5.75 is near to 6 rather than 5.

There will be times when the candidate might face difficulties in honing their skills in a specific module and this is where the student has to make the correct choice by choosing in the right method of preparation. IELTS results depend on a lot of factors, from the practice to the implementation of the feedbacks to knowing the correct strategy and structure in the first place. Correct guidance will definitely lead you to the path of success. Alongside, the student has to keep calm and work patiently towards their goal. As Benjamin Franklin rightly said – “He, that can have patience, can have what he will”.

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