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IELTS Score Calculator

Created by Fabiano Guolo and Dominik Czernia, PhD
Reviewed by Hanna Pamuła, PhD and Steven Wooding
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024


Welcome to Omni's IELTS score calculator, where we help you estimate your score in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), an English language proficiency test for non-native English speakers.

What is IELTS in practice?

The IELTS test consists of four components: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Each of these components gives you an individual score which you can enter into our IELTS band score calculator. Read on to find out more about how to calculate the IELTS score or what a good IELTS score range is if you want to apply to a university.

💡 If you don't want to know how to prepare for IELTS but rather focus on your English in general, we have a nice tool for you! Our English learning time calculator can show you how long you will need to study to reach a certain level of language proficiency such as B2 or C1.

What is IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam aims to verify your English skills when applying for a job, a university place, or simply migrating to other countries. The IELTS test is broadly accepted by thousands of organizations across the globe as a reliable English skill certificate.

What does IELTS stand for?

Its full name is International English Language Testing System, and it is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP Education, and Cambridge English.

Now that you know what the IELTS exam is, it's time to see how the IELTS score works in practice!

How IELTS is scored?

The test is two-hour long and consists of four sections: listening, reading, writing, and speaking:

  • Listening — listen to audio recordings and answer questions about them;
  • Reading — read texts and answer questions about them;
  • Writing — write two essays: one theme-based and one with independent writing; and
  • Speaking — have a conversation with an examiner.

Each section gives you a whole or half band score, ranging from a minimum of 0 (test not taken) to a maximum of 9 (Expert). The rounded average of these sections results in your overall score.

Taking the test may be a challenging task in a limited time. If you ask how to prepare for IELTS, we suggest you start reading and writing in English. Our two tools: reading time calculator or words per minute calculator, may be especially handy to see the improvements in your performance over time.

How to use the IELTS score calculator

The IELTS band score calculator consists of several parts. The main one tells you your final score based on each score obtained for listening, reading, writing, and speaking. To use it:

  1. Check your IELTS score for each component of the test.

  2. Enter them in the corresponding fields of the IELTS score calculator.

  3. The tool will average the results similarly to our average calculator. This feature is in the advanced mode.

  4. The final score is rounded to the nearest 0.5 multiples.

  5. The IELTS calculator also offers conversion between the number of correct answers and band score for listening and reading tests.

Perfect! Now you know how to calculate your IELTS score. Check the following sections to see how the IELTS score is calculated for listening and reading from obtained points. Speaking and writing don't have related points. Instead, the scores are assessed by experts using different criteria.

IELTS listening score calculator

In the IELTS listening part, you need to count the number of your correct answers and check the corresponding band score. You can use our small IELTS listening score calculator to estimate the score or find it in the table below.

No. correct answers

Listening score

39-40

9

37-38

8.5

35-36

8

32-34

7.5

30-31

7

26-29

6.5

23-25

6

18-22

5.5

16-17

5

13-15

4.5

11-12

4

IELTS reading score calculator

You can take the academic or general training reading tests, which have different genres or text types. The former may include more difficult vocabulary and be harder to understand. It depends on you which type you want to choose. We support both of them in the IELTS reading score calculator.

We base on the following table for the IELTS academic reading test:

No. correct answers

Reading score (academic)

39-40

9

37-38

8.5

35-36

8

33-34

7.5

30-32

7

27-29

6.5

23-26

6

19-22

5.5

15-18

5

13-14

4.5

10-12

4

8-9

3.5

6-7

3

4-5

2.5

For the IELTS general training test, the table is a bit different:

No. correct answers

Reading score (general)

40

9

39

8.5

37-38

8

36

7.5

34-35

7

32-33

6.5

30-31

6

27-29

5.5

23-26

5

19-22

4.5

15-18

4

12-14

3.5

9-11

3

6-8

2.5

IELTS score range — What is a good IELTS score?

After using the IELTS score calculator, you can check the description of your overall proficiency in the table below. It tells you how to read your IELTS score.

Source: IELTS official website

Band score

Skill level

Description

9

Expert user

The test taker has a fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate, and fluent and shows complete understanding.

8

Very good user

The test taker has a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.

7

Good user

The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

6

Competent user

The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

5

Modest user

The test taker has partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.

4

Limited user

The test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.

3

Extremely limited user

The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

2

Intermittent user

The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

1

Non-user

The test taker has no ability to use the language except for a few isolated words.

0

Did not attempt the test

The test taker did not answer the questions.

IELTS to TOEFL conversion

TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language and is an alternative to IELTS. There are a few differences between them, including the certificate acceptance by the institutions. Be sure to check which test (IELTS vs. TOEFL) will fulfill your requirements!

The official TOEFL website proposes the following IELTS to TOEFL conversion. The yellow color represents the comparison with the highest degree of confidence when converting the IELTS score to TOEFL, and vice-versa.

TOEFL score

IELTS band

118

9

115

8.5

110

8

102

7.5

94

7

79

6.5

60

6

46

5.5

35

5

32

4.5

0-31

0-4

Who accepts IELTS?

IELTS is globally accepted as an English proficiency certificate by more than 11,000 organizations, including universities, colleges, training programs, businesses, government institutions, and professional registrations. You can check a complete list at the IELTS official website.

The certificate is accepted as proof of English language knowledge for study, work, and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.

FAQ

What is the difference between TOEFL and IELTS?

The main difference between IELTS and TOEFL tests is the speaking part. In IELTS, you have a face-to-face interview with the examiner, but in TOEFL, you record your answers with the microphone.

The other IELTS vs. TOEFL differences include:

IELTS

TOEFL

Test format

Paper-based

Computer-based

Score range

0-9

0-120

Proficiency level

up to C2

up to C1

Results in

13 days

10 days

How do I calculate IELTS score?

To find your IELTS score:

  1. Check the band scores you receive from listening, reading, speaking, and writing tests.
  2. Add them together and divide by four.
  3. Round the result up to the nearest half, e.g., 6.25 to 6.5.
  4. This is your IELTS score.

What is IELTS listening score with 32 correct answers?

It is a 7.5 band score, which corresponds to 32-34 correct answers. You would need three extra points to obtain a score of 8.

The IELTS listening test is the same for academic and general training variants of the IELTS. During the test, you will need to answer 40 questions after listening to four recordings. Each recording will be played once.

What is IELTS reading score with 34 correct answers?

Your reading score is 7 if you take general training or 7.5 for academic tests.

The latter is more difficult since it includes more specialized vocabulary and more complex sentences. That's why you need fewer correct answers to get a better IELTS reading score on the academic test.

How long is IELTS score valid?

The validity of the IELTS test is, in most cases, two years and should be counted from the date on the IELTS test report form you receive. However, the IELTS results in Australia are valid for Skilled Migration applications for three years.

It is up to the organization you apply to choose a proper IELTS validity period. Be sure to check its requirements beforehand.

Fabiano Guolo and Dominik Czernia, PhD
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