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How are the sections in IELTS Graded?

Grading in the Listening Section

Listening Section will have a total of 40 objective questions. For each correct answer you get one point and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Students have to be careful regarding spellings and grammars as well. The grading is done as per the table below:

Number of Correct Answers Band 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

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Grading in the Reading Section

Reading Section will have a total of 40 objective questions. For each correct answer you get one point and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Students have to be careful regarding spellings and grammars as well even in the reading section. The grading of reading section for General Training Test and Academic Test might vary a little. Both the grading tables are provided as below:

Score Table for Academic Test

Number of Correct Answers Band 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

Score Table for General Training Test

Number of Correct Answers Band Score
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

Grading in the Writing Section

Both the Writing Task are graded together in a band score of 0 to 9. The assessment criteria depend on the following four factors that are equally graded:

Grading Factors Explanation
Task Response for Task 1
- Understanding the task purpose
- Provide a clear overview
- Selecting major information
- Supporting with accurate detail/data
Task Response for Task 2
- Addressing the requirement of the question
- Taking a position
- Providing supporting reasons and examples
- Proper development of ideas with a clear conclusion
Coherence and Cohesion
- Following the international writing format
- Proper Paragraphing
- Inclusion of appropriate connective words
Lexical Resources
- Using varieties of words along with synonyms and paraphrasing
- Using collocations
- Correct Spelling
- Correct choice of words
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
- Correct sentence structure
- Sentence Varieties
- Proper use of tense
- Proper use of Punctuation

Grading in the Speaking Section

The Speaking Task is graded in a band score of 0 to 9. The assessment criteria depend on the following four factors that are equally graded:

Grading Factors Explanation
Fluency and Coherence
- Speaking without long pauses
- Speaking without self – corrections
- Speaking with ease and comfort
- Use appropriate linking words
Lexical Resources
- Use of correct choice of words
- Use of appropriate synonyms and paraphrasing
- Use of collocations
Pronunciation
- Should be understood by the audience
- Use of appropriate intonation
- Natural Accent
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
- Use of varieties of sentence structures
- Use of appropriate tense
- Avoid major grammatical errors