How Should You Interpret Your IELTS Scores in 2024?

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While interpreting Your’s IELTS score, there are a number of points you should bear in mind.

Your performance in the real IELTS tests will be reported in two ways:

there will be a band score from 1 to 9 for each of the components and a overall band score from 1 to 9, which is average of your scores in the four components.

However, institutions considering your applications are advised to look at both the overall band score and the band score for each component in order to determine whether you have the language skills needed for a particular course of study.

For example, if your course involves a lot of reading and writing, but no lectures , listening skills might be less important and a score of 5 in listening might be acceptable if the overall bad score was 7.

However, for a course which has lots of lectures and spoken instructions, a score of 5 in listening might be unacceptable even though the overall band score was 7.

Once you have marked your tests, you should have some idea of whether your listening and reading skills are good enough for you to try the IELTS test.

If you did well enough in one component, but not in others, you will have decide for yourself whether you are ready to take the test.

The practice tests have been checked to ensure that they are the same level of difficulty as the real IELTS Tests.

However, we cannot guarantee that your score in the practice tests will be reflected in the real IELTS test.

The practice tests can only give you an idea of your possible future performance and it is ultimately upto you to make decisions based on your score.

Different institutions accepts different IELTS Scores for different types of courses.

We have based our recommendation on the average scores which the majority of institutions accept.

The institutions to which you are applying may of course, require a higher or lower score than most other institutions.

Read More: What is Academic IELTS Test format in 2023?

Marking the Practice Tests:

Listening and Reading

Questions which requires letter/Roman numeral letters:

For questions where answers are letters or roman numerals, you should write only the number of answers required.

For example, if the answer is a single letter or numerals, you should write only one answer.

If you have written more letters or numerals than are required, the answer must be marked wrong.

Questions which require answers in the form of words or numbers:

  • Answers may be written in upper or lower case
  • Words in brackets are optional-they are correct, but not necessary
  • Alternative answers are separated by a slash(/)
  • If you are asked to write an answer using a certain number of words an/or (a)numbers, you will be penalized if you exceeded this.For example: if a question specifies an answer using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and the correct answer is ‘black leather cost’,the answer ‘coat of black leather’ is incorrect.
  • In Questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the answer sheet. For example, to complete ‘in the….’,where the correct answer is ‘morning’, the answer ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect.
  • All answers require correct spelling (including words in brackets)
  • Both US and UK spelling are acceptable and are included in the answer key.
  • All standard alternatives for numbers, dates and currencies are acceptable.
  • All standard abbreviations are acceptable.
  • You will find additional notes about individual answers in the answer key.

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