While searching about IELTS, you came across the band score descriptors. It will be an important resource to keep this descriptor when preparing for IELTS, because it will give you an idea about how IELTS examiners evaluate your test band and scores. So what does the IELTS band score descriptors mean?
- IELTS is not a fail or pass test. There is no mimimum score to pass. Instead, each institution determines their own score.
- Band scores are between 1 to 9.
- Results are reported as band scores on a scaleof 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).
- The band score can be whole number like 6.0, 8.0 or a half score such as 5.5, 7.5 or 6.5
- IELTS results are valid for two years. IELTS scores older than than two years is generally not accepted by most institutions.
- The same 9-band scale is used for both IELTS module-Academic and General Training.
Dört bileşenin her biri eşit ağırlık taşır. Genel band skoru hesaplamak için, dört ayrı bileşen skorunun ortalaması hesaplanır. Genel band skor hesaplanırken en yakın tam veya yarım band dikkate alınır. Bu bölümlerin ortalaması alındığında skor .25 ile biterse yarım band skora; .75 ile biterse, bir sonraki tam skora yuvarlanır.
First, let’s understand how the overall IELTS band score is calculated. In IELTS, a Test Report Form is provided, which lists your scores in four sections, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and your overall band score. Each of the four components carries an equal weight. To calculate the overall band score, the average of the four individual component scores is calculated. When calculating the general band score, the nearest full or half band score is given. If the average of these sections is ends with .25, it is rounded to the half band score; If it ends with .75, it is rounded to the next full score.
Listening 7.0 + Reading 7.0 + Writing 6.5 + Speaking 7.0 scores are obtained, the average of these components;
27.5 / 4 = 6.87.
Since the end of the average is more than .75, the score is rounded to the next full score, so the overall band score is 7.0.
Band score descriptors are also used for the Speaking and the average of these criterias give your Speaking score. Both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training test are evaluated on the same scale. The only difference between the two test is the difficulty level of the Reading and Writing sections.