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Listening, Reading, Secrets of the Bands

How to convert your scores in the reading and listening papers to IELTS band scores

Do you want to know how many correct answers you have to get in the IELTS listening and reading papers to get the band you need?

There is no exact answer to this. It changes (slightly) each time. If a paper is slightly easier than other papers, you will need to get more answers right. If it is slightly more difficult, then you won’t need to get as many answers right. That makes sense because otherwise the exam wouldn’t be fair.

What IELTS have given us is the average number of marks that were needed to get each band in 2006. You should use these marks as a guideline – and only a guideline – as you are doing practice tests. Remember they are averages, not maximum or minimum scores for each band.

If you are marking your own paper after you’ve done a practice test, remember that the clerical markers are very strict when they are marking papers. Read more about how NOT to lose marks in the IELTS listening and reading papers first.

Listening

 

Band score Raw score out of 40
5 16
6 23
7 30
8 35
Academic Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40
5 15
6 23
7 30
8 35
General Training Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40
4 15
5 23
6 30
7 34
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