IELTS General Training Band Score Calculation

Here is a table you can use to convert the number of correct answers into an IELTS band score, which will give you the approximate band score in IELTS General Training.

General Training Listening:
Correct Answers IELTS Band Score Skill Level
10-13 4.0 Limited User
13-15 4.5
16-17 5.0 Modest User
18-22 5.5
23-25 6.0 Competent User
26-29 6.5
30-31 7.0 Good User
32-34 7.5
35-36 8.0 Very Good User
37-38 8.5
39-40 9.0 Expert User
General Training Reading:
Correct Answers IELTS Band Score Skill Level
15-19 4.0 Limited User
19-22 4.5
23-26 5.0 Modest User
27-29 5.5
30-31 6.0 Competent User
32-33 6.5
34-35 7.0 Good User
36 7.5
37-38 8.0 Very Good User
39 8.5
40 9.0 Expert User


Body Language # Speaking Section

Speaking is not about just blurring out some random words, with some great vocabulary words using various grammatical structures. All of this is important but they don’t make speaking. You may go about and speak the best speech ever, but if the audience (in your case the examiner) does not connects with you, there is no point of the entire discussion.

But then how can one connect with the examiner??

  1. Gesture – Make sure you use your hands. They are not there to be put inside pocket or fiddle with pen or fold across your chest. You need to use them to emphasise a particular point or engage the examiner. You might be very energetic from inside but if you are sitting there fiddling with your pen or looking here and there, you surely do lose marks. Also, when not using your hands for gestures, keep them to the side. It shows that you are at ease.
  2. Stance – How you sit in front of the invigilator speaks before you even open your mouth. Your stance can tell whether you are angry or sad or confident or scared. So remember, stance speaks. If you are sitting with a balanced stance and slightly bent forward it means you are engaged with the invigilator. On the other hand, if you have a slumped stance and leaning on one side, it says you don’t care. Make sure, you keep notice of how you are sitting.



  3. Facial expression – The movement of your eyes, mouth and facial muscles build a connection with the examiner. Eye focus is the most important part of this. It helps in connecting with the examiner in no better way. Also, the facial expression matters. It easily conveys your feelings about the topic, whether you know about it or you are faking it or you are nervous, whatever.

Try practicing in front of mirror. The gestures that you use must be large enough to embrace the listener. Sit upright, lean a bit towards the examiner, smile , make an eye contact and speak as if you are speaking from you heart.


Myths Regarding IELTS

With the increasing popularity of IELTS, the number of misconception regarding it has increased multiple bounds. There are some that can make you crazy and then those that can make you lose some marks in the exam. And I am sure that you, no matter what, won’t like to lose marks in IELTS and take a step back from your dream.
Let us have a look at some of the crazy myths about IELTS.

English is not about being right or wrong. It is about expressing yourself in a language that others can understand. So, you are not going to be judged on the basis of your opinions but rather on the following four aspects of your speaking –

  1. Fluency and coherence
  2. Lexical resource
  3. Grammatical Range and accuracy
  4. Pronunciation

So, if you are going about are cramming those sample answers, take a deep breathe and relax. You don’t get marks on how well you learn, but how well you express.

Well, we all are individuals. While answering, it is possible that the examiner does not agrees with your opinion, but this does not means that they will cut your marks. The examiner could personally disagree with every opinion you have and you can still get a band score of 9. You are being judged on your way of speaking and not on whether you are able to convince examiner. So, don’t worry about the examiner’s opinions or feelings.
IELTS make sure that the test takes place in fair environment. All testing centers have the same standards and mark you with the same criteria. Every examiner undergoes strict training, and they know that there work gets checked. So, don’t worry about the place and work hard on improving your English.
Vocabulary is an important part of IELTS and one surely gets good marks for using high end vocabulary words. But this does not mean that you will go on and put complex words unnecessarily to impress the examiner. If you do this it looks unnatural and your coherence and cohesion suffers. You obviously need to display a wide range of vocabulary but you should do this appropriately.

There are many other myths, like you can’t ask the examiner in the speaking section to repeat the question or you need to have a particular accent. So, stop thinking about these myths and start working truly on your dreams and score high in IELTS.

Common European Framework

Common European Framework is the method used to testing the English of an individual. All English exams, either TOEFL or IELTS follow it. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) was put together by the Council of Europe as a way of standardizing the levels of language exams in different regions.
There are six levels ; A1,A2,B1,B2,C1,C2.

Let us understand what do these levels mean.

You are called a master in Engish if you can understand with ease virtually anything heard or read. If you can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Also, if you can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
C1 # Effective operational proficiency or advanced
If you get a C1 in your test you probably are someone who can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. It means you have a flair for expressing language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Even more you produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
B2 # Vantage or upper intermediate
You lie in B2 if you can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization. It means that you can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
B1 # Threshold or intermediate
If you get a B1 it simply means that you can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most of the situations while travelling to other places. You can use simple connected sentences and can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
A2 # Elementary stage
This level means that you can communicate basic things about yourself in English. You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.
A1 # Very Basic User

It means you can introduce yourself or can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.


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