How IELTS is Assessed

and Listening are assessed according to the number of correct items on the candidate's answer sheet. You can convert your Reading and Listening scores to a band score using this link.

Speaking and Writing are assessed by an examiner using band descriptors. The public versions of these are below.

For information about understanding what the band descriptors mean, click here.

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