# IELTS Listening Band Score | How it is calculated ?

Vishesh Chogtu
Modified on 2022-04-11

The IELTS Listening exam is a part of the IELTS exam along with the Writing, Speaking and Reading sections. In this Listening test, there are about 40 questions and candidates need to answer them in 30 minutes of time.

IELTS Listening test includes 4 recording or audio clips and each recording or the clip has 10 questions to attend which contains monologues, and conversations of native speakers. However, IELTS Listening Band score is calculated based on the answers for the 40 questions. Moreover, the IELTS Listening Band scores are calculated on a 9 point scale

The IELTS Listening is also conducted in 2 ways: General test or Academic test. But, the IELTS Listening Band score is the same for both types. And the IELTS Listening band score and IELTS reading scores are important to get better overall band scores.

## How IELTS Band Score are calculated ?

It is very important to understand how the IELTS band scores are calculated. However, the IELTS Listening band scores along with other sections Writing, Reading, and Speaking are between 0-9 score. Candidates even can get scores like .5 in their band scores means 6.5,7.5, etc.

However, candidates will get section wise bands score ( listening, Writing, reading and speaking) along with overall band scores. If the scores of candidates are 6.25 or 6.75 then the marks are rounded to the nearest whole band or to the half band.

Example 1:

When we are adding all the sections band scores like IELTS Listening band score, IELTS reading band scores, IELTS Writing scores and IELTS Speaking scores then we will get overall IELTS band scores. In the above table, the total of all four sections score is 6.25. since it is closer to the next band 6.5. The score is round figured to the next half band.

Example:2

In the above example, Dividing the all sections band scores by 4 means 4+4+3.5+4 = 3.875 which is above the 3.5 band score. So, it is round figured to the next band score 4.0

Example:3

In the above example, when dividing all the IELTS sections scores by 4 like 8+7+7.5+8.5=7.75. The average score is higher than the previous band 7.5 so, it is round figured to the next band 8.0.

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## Minimum Score for IELTS

The IELTS band exam does not have any minimum score to pass. However, the IELTS band scores are calculated from band score “1” to band score “9”. And there is also a “0” band score for those who have not attempted the test. Moreover, IELTS band scores are calculated based on the 4 sections listening, speaking, writing, and reading. And these sections have individual band scores along with overall IELTS band scores. Moreover, each foreign University has its own requirement when it comes to IELTS band scores.

## IELTS Section Wise Band Score

IELTS overall band score is calculated after taking the average scores from IELTS sub-sections. And this overall score is also calculated on the 9 points scale. However, the IELTS sub-sections also calculated on the 9 points band score. IELTS Listening band score calculations  are the same in IELTS General test or Academic test for 40 questions. IELTS Reading band score is also calculated for 40 questions in both the IELTS Academic and General test. But, the question structure is different. However, the IELTS Writing and Speaking Assessment has separate criteria to calculate the scores.

Like the IELTS listening band, IELTS Academic Reading also has 40 questions to attempt. And each question gives one mark for the right answer.But, there is a difference between IELTS Academic Reading and IELTS General Reading. The IELTS Academic reading test has more difficult Vocabulary than the General test and the text is more complex.

The following table shows the IELTS Academic Reading average scores with band scores :

### IELTS academic Listening Band Score

IELTS Listening is a sub-section in the IELTS exam. Candidates need to attend all the sections to get a better IELTS band score. Like the IELTS Reading exam , IELTS Listening is also divided into 2 types. IELTS Listening General Band and IELTS Listening Academic Band. But, there is not much difference between IELTS Listening Band score and IELTS General Listening Band score calculations. Moreover, there are 40 questions that candidates need to attempt and the time duration is 30 minutes.

The following table shows the IELTS Listening Band scores along with its average scores:

### IELTS academic Writing Assessment Criteria

The IELTS Writing Assessment has 2 parts which are marked by the examiner and the test is based on 4 main criteria points. These 4 main points will decide the Candidates IELTS writing assessment band scores. Moreover, each IELTS writing assessment criteria has equal points and the average of 4 criteria is added to the overall IELTS band scores.

The following table shows the IELTS Writing Assessment criteria with detailed information about the criteria :

### IELTS academic Speaking Assessment Criteria

Just like the IELTS Writing Assessment criteria, the IELTS speaking assessment also calculated the band score based on 4 points Criteria. And the score is added to Overall IELTS Speaking band score.

The following table shows detailed information about the IELTS Speaking Assessment criteria :

### IELTS general Listening Band Score

Same like IELTS Reading band calculations, IELTS General listening band score also calculated for 40 questions and the raw score is converted into band score. Candidates need to answer the questions correctly to get the desired IELTS Listening Band scores. And the IELTS Listening Band score is given on a 9 points band scale. Moreover, the calculation of IELTS Listening Academic and General Band scores are in the same manner.

The Following table shows the IELTS Listening band score along with their average score for 40 questions :

### IELTS General reading Band Score

The IELTS Reading band score consists of 40 questions to answer and the scores will be given on a 9 band scale. And the IELTS Reading test is of two types: Academic and General. There is a little difference between IELTS General Reading band score and IELTS Academic Reading band scores.

However, in the IELTS General Reading band exam Candidates need to give correct answers for more questions to get the particular band score than the IELTS Academic Reading band.

The following table shows the IELTS General Reading band score with their raw scores:

## IELTS Band Score Descriptor and the level of English skills Required

The IELTS band score descriptor shows you the level of English that a candidate has along with the Overall IELTS band scores. And it also helps candidates to get their desired scores to get their dream jobs or university placement in the Foreign Country. And this IELTS Band score descriptor also tells the Candidates english skills and their command on the English language. Even the IELTS Listening Band score also describes the same english level skills like the overall IELTS band score descriptor.

The following table provides the information about different IELTS band scores along with their English levels and description of the English levels :

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## 8 Band Scores in IELTS

The 8 Band score in IELTS shows that the candidate has a good grip on the English language and he/she can do conversions without many mistakes while speaking the language. And also their English language is understandable by others. However, students or candidates who want to score 8.0 points in the IELTS exam need to get a score of 36 minimum out of 40 questions in IELTS Listening Band score and in IELTS reading. Along with this, candidates should clear their Writing and Speaking sections without any errors. Moreover, Many Top Universities accept the students with an overall 8.0 band score in IELTS easily.

FAQs

✅ What is 30 out of 40 in IELTS Listening?

Ans: The IELTS listening band  scores are calculated based on the answers for total questions. And the IELTS listening exam contains 40 questions. And the band’s are decided based on the normal scores out of the 40 questions. In IELTS listening band exam scoring of 30 marks out of 40 comes under band 7 score.

✅ Is 6.5 is a good score in IELTS listening?

Ans: Although 6.5 in IELTS Listening Band score is not perfect to get entry in Top Universities but, many of the Universities will accept the candidates with 6.5 IELTS Listening band score with best qualifications.

✅ Is a 7.5 good IELTS score in Listening?

Ans: Yes, IELTS Listening band score of 7.5 is good for candidates who want to apply for world top Universities. Because, Maximum of the foreign Top Universities required a minimum of 7.0 in IELTS listening Band score to accept the students along with their qualifications. However, the 7.0 in IELTS listening band score or in IELTS overall Band score shows that the candidate is a good user of English language.

Ans: The World famous English Proficiency Test IELTS is not difficult at all. This IELTS test will test the candidates English language Proficiency in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking within 3 hours of the test duration.

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