IELTS 9 Band Score










Band Score Skill Level Description
Band 9 Expert user has fully  operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and  fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8 Very good user has fully  operational command of the language with only occasional  unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may  occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed  argumentation well.
Band 7 Good user has operational  command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies,  inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally  handles complex language well and understands detailed  reasoning.
Band 6 Competent user has  generally effective command of the language despite some  inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and  understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar  situations.
Band 5 Modest user has partial  command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most  situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able  to handle basic communication in own field.
Band 4 Limited user basic  competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems  in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex  language.
Band 3 Extremely limited  user conveys and understands only general meaning in very  familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication  occur.
Band 2 Intermittent user no real  communication is possible except for the most basic information  using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to  meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and  written English.
Band 1 Non-user essentially has  no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated  words.
Band 0 Did not attempt the  test No assessable information provided.

Scale is the measure of capability to use English as a foreign

language.Generally IELTS Band score of 6.5 and above is accepted by immigration

agencies and institutions.

Sections Raw score achieved by thecandidate in each section IELTSScore Overall IELTS Score

33 out of 40


(7.5+7+6+8)/ 4


Rounded off nearest half decimal

The final Score is



29 out of 40



23 out of 40



36 out of 40


Calculation of IELTS ScoreAll 4 sections are evaluated indepedently and band in each section is
decided based on theraw score.The overall score is the average of all 4 sections.If the average
score is indecimals,then it is rounded to the nearest half decimal.As an exclusion ,For
writing sectionthe half band is not applicable.

It is illustrated as an example.

For example ,

In reading section ,if the candidate got 30 correct answers out of 40
questions,then his score in Reading

section is 7.