How the IELTS is scored?

Scoring for the Listening and Reading Modules

In the Listening section, you will get one mark for each correctly answered question. You should be able to answer at least 30 out of 40 questions correctly, if you want to obtain a band score of 7.
In the Reading section, too, one mark is awarded for each correct answer. You will need to answer at least 30 questions correctly to get a band score of 7.
Note that you will need to transfer all answers to the answer sheet. Answers written on the question paper during the test are not marked.

Scoring for the writing module

The General writing tasks and the Academic writing tasks are assessed somewhat differently.

General writing: Task 1

The first task in the General writing section is to write a letter. You should be able to write a letter that contains all the information specified in the task. That is very important. Your letter must answer the entire question.
You have to choose an appropriate style for the letter. If the situation demands an informal letter, then you are not supposed to write it in an overtly formal style. For example, letters written to your friends and family have to be informal. Those written to your former professor or landlord can have a semi-formal style. Letters to strangers and those in authority must always be written in a formal style.

Academic and General writing: Task 2

You have to write an essay on a given topic. You must support your arguments with relevant examples from your own experience.
The writing tasks are marked using the following criteria:

Coherence and cohesion

You must be able to organize your ideas into neat paragraphs. You must also establish the logical connection between them. Appropriate use of linking words is essential to facilitate the flow of ideas between paragraphs.


You will need to demonstrate your range of vocabulary if you want to obtain a good band score. Use a variety of words to express the same ideas. As far as possible avoid repetition of the same words. Your vocabulary doesn’t necessarily have to be particularly complex. What’s important is using words that express the idea precisely. Remember that spelling mistakes will lower your score.

Grammatical range

You should be able to use a variety of sentence structures accurately. You should also be able to punctuate your writing accurately.

Scoring for the speaking module

The examiner will use the following criteria to assess your speaking skills:

Fluency and coherence

If you want to obtain a band score of 8 or above in the speaking module, you should be able to express your ideas fluently. Long pauses may indicate a lack of good speaking skills and hence they should be avoided.


The student should be able to use a variety of words naturally.

Grammatical range and accuracy

The student should be able to give answers in grammatically correct English. A few mistakes will be tolerated; however, if you make a lot of mistakes they will definitely lower your score.


Accent isn’t important, but you should be able to speak clearly and pronounce words correctly.

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