How the Overall IELTS Band Score is calculated

I am getting asked this question very often, which is why we created an IELTS Overall Score Calculator you can use.

For those who need to understand the process in detail – here is how the IELTS test centre calculates your overall band score:

Total score = (Listening score + Reading score + Writing score + Speaking score) / 4

For example, if you’ve received Listening 6, Reading 7, Writing 8, Speaking 7, your total score will be (6+7+8+7) / 4 = 7.

Your score can be either a whole band or a band and a half – for example 7 or 7.5. No other fractions are allowed, for example no 7.25 or 7.75.

So what do they do in such cases, when the total score is neither whole nor half band?

There is a rule: if it ends with .25, round up to the nearest half score, and if it ends with .75, round up to the nearest whole band score.

To demonstrate, if you’ve received Listening 6, Reading 7, Writing 8, Speaking 6, your overall score will be (6+7+8+6)/4 = 6.75 – the rule says round up – which means you get 7.

Another example: if your scores were Listening 6 Reading 7 Writing 8 Speaking 8, the overall score will be (6+7+8+8)/4 = 7.25 – the rule says round up to half score – which means you get 7.5.

However, if you’ve received Listening 6, Reading 6.5, Writing 6, Speaking 6, your overall score will be (6+6.5+6+6)/4 = 6.125 – the rule says round down to the nearest whole band score – which means you get 6.

Similarly, if you received Listening 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 7, your overall score will be (6.5+6.5+6.5+7)/4 = 6.625 – the rule says round down to the nearest half band score – which means you get 6.5.

It’s not too difficult – just remember to apply the rule of rounding.

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21 thoughts on “How the Overall IELTS Band Score is calculated”

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  2. If I scored 7 in spkng,rdng,lstng but scored 6.5 in writing then WHT would be my overall band?

  3. Good day,

    We want to apply for permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand.
    Candidate nr. 1 is 42 years of age; Listening:9.0, Reading:6.0 Writing:6.5 and Speaking:9.0. Overall band score:7.5
    Candidate nr.2 is 34 years of age; Listening:6.5, Reading:6, Writing:6,
    Speaking:7.5
    Overall band score 6.5

    Do we need to rewrite our ielts exam

  4. Hi Leane, if you’re not sure whether your score is enough for PR, it makes sense to contact a migration agent. They have a great deal of experience with these issues and they are up to date with the latest requirements and changes.

  5. if some one get overall score in ielts academic 5.5 but in one or two module he get 4.5 band than can he get addmission in university into undergraduate program..

  6. I have completed master degree in history subject with 64% marks in may 2018 then how many bands requirement for Canada study visa

  7. You should approach the particular country and university or college. Certain colleges have their own ielts requirements. It changes according to each institutes.

  8. In idp TRf my score over all mention is 5.5 and when I calculate in CLB each module it shows 6.. To whom I refer in ielets TRf mention 5.5,why it’s so

  9. Sir please help , i scored 7.5 in listening, 6.5 in reading, 6.5 in speaking but 6 in writing… If after rechecking .5 increment occur in writing… Will it be 7 now …or still 6.5 overall…please assist asap

  10. Sir my. Overall score is 5.5 nd only in listening I got 6 bands so if I apply for EOR form then in case I’ll get 6 band in one module then my 2 module has 6 bands nd ohter 2 has 5.5. so can I get admission nd visa for Canada

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