Overall IELTS Band Score and Writing Overall Band Score

Please be advised that your Overall IELTS Band Score and Writing Overall Band Score are calculated and rounded in slightly different ways.

Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band. For the avoidance of doubt, the following rounding convention applies; if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

For example:
L: 6.5, R: 6.5, W: 5.0 and S: 7.0 – Overall Band Score of 6.5 (25/4 = 6.25 = Band 6.5)
L: 4.0, R: 3.5, W: 4.0 and S: 4.0 – Overall Band Score of 4.0 (15.5/4 = 3.875 = Band 4.0)
L: 6.5, R: 6.5, W: 5.5 and S: 6.0 – Overall Band Score of 6.5 (24.5/4 = 6.125 = Band 6.0)

Writing Overall Band Score is made up of your performance on two separate writing tasks, more commonly known as Task 1 and Task 2.  But what you may not know is how these tasks are weighted against each other to formulate your overall writing band score.

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IELTS Speaking – band scores explained

How is your IELTS speaking band score calculated? This is an important question for any IELTS candidate because many mistakes can be avoided by knowing what the examiner is looking for and how your speaking is graded. This post gives you a brief outline of the grading criteria, how band scores are calculated and how examiners typically grade the speaking.

The 4 grading criteria

Fluency and coherence

How fluently you speak and how well you link your ideas  together

Pronunciation

How accurate your pronunciation is

Lexical resource

How accurate and varied your vocabulary is

Grammatical range and accuracy

How accurate and varied your grammar is

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