HOW TO EVALUATE IELTS SCORE?

16-Jul-2019
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A. HOW TO EVALUATE IELTS SCORE?

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

The average produces your overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.


The total score of the four skills will be rounded according to the following convention: If the average of the four skills has an odd number of .25, it will be rounded up to .5, if it is .75 it will be rounded to 1.0. 

For example

A candidate has the following scores: 6.5 (Listening), 6.5 (Reading), 5.0 (Writing) and 7.0 (Speaking). The overall score of this candidate is IELTS 6.5 (25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 = 6.5) 

In the case of candidates with a score of 7.5 (Listening), 7.0 (Reading), 7.0 (Writing) and 7.0 (Speaking). Thus the overall score of this candidate is IELTS 7.0 (28.5 ÷ 4 = 7.125 = 7.0)

Ielts score?
Ielts score?

Evaluated scale of IELTS

9  -   Expert: The candidate has mastered the language with a fit, accurate, fluent and complete understanding.

8 - Very good: The candidate fully masters the language, only sometimes makes mistakes such as inaccuracies and inappropriate vocabularies but this error has not yet become a big problem. He/she has the ability of using complex and sophisticated debate topics well.

7 - Good: The candidate masters the language, but sometimes there are inaccuracies, inappropriate vocabularies and maybe he/she does not understand in some situations. In general, this candidate can use complex language and understand subtle arguments well.

6 – Fairly Good: Although there are inaccurate, inappropriate and incomprehensible words, the way of using language is quite effective. The candidate can use and understand complex language well, especially in familiar situations.

5 – Average: The candidate can use a part of language, grasp the general meaning in most situations, although often making mistakes. And he/she has the ability of using language in their own familiar field.

4 - Limited: The candidate can use basic laguage in familiar circumstances. However, he/she often meets difficulties in using complex languages.


3 - Extremely limited: The candidate only speaks and understands in some familiar situations. He/she often fails in communication. 

2  -  Poor: This is not a conversation except some basic information with individual words or short syntax to achieve immediate goals. The candidate has a huge difficulty in speaking and writing English. 

1  -  Impossibility: The candidate is completely unable to use English. 

0  –  Absence: There is no information to evaluate. The candidate was unable to take the exam.

B. HOW TO EVALUATE IELTS LISTENING AND IELTS READING SCORE?

Ielts test and result
Ielts test and result

 

Listening and Reading test both consist of 40 sentences. The candidate will get 1 point for 1 correct answer. The maximum score can be achieved is 40 for each test. A scale of 1 - 9 will be calculated based on the number of correct answers. 

Although all questions have been checked through many stages of inspection. A test will be examined before these questions can be used in official exam. However, it still has some slight deviations in the difficulty of each test. Therefore, to create the fairness for each test, the evaluated scale will be changed according to each test. This means with the same point 6 but there will be a difference in the number of correct answers for each one. 

The IELTS score table below will help you understand about how to convert a score to each level of the Listening and Reading test. 

Listening

Academic Reading

General Training Reading

Band

The total number of correct sentences

Band

The total number of correct sentences

Band

The total number of correct sentences

5

16

5

15

4

15

6

23

6

23

5

23

7

30

7

30

6

30

8

35

8

35

7

34


IELTS evaluating method of both types of tests: Academic (AC) and General Training (GT). The difference between these two kinds of test is the language used in the test. Most tests of academic type often have more difficult vocabularies and more complex structures. Therefore, with the same score but the number of correct answers of General Training (GT) is required more than Academic level (AC).

C. HOW TO EVALUATE IELTS WRITING AND IELTS SPEAKING SCORE?

The examiner will rely on an IELTS scale 1 - 9 to evaluate and calculate the score of candidates for the Writing and Speaking test.

Writing test

The judge will score each sections:

+ Task Achievement (for topic 1)

+ Task Response (for topic 2)

  • Cohesion - Connection between sentences
  • Paragraph - Coherence and Cohesion
  • Vocabulary - Lexical Resource
  • Grammar - Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The score for each section is the same.

how is Ielts score marked?
how is Ielts score marked?


Speaking test 

The judge will mark for each sections:

  • Fluency and Coherence of Speech - Fluency and Coherence
  • Vocabulary - Lexical Resource
  • Grammar - Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation – The way of speaking and pronouncing

The score for each section is the same.

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