5 Things You Should Know About Your IELTS Results


ELTS prep is ultimately all about exam results; getting that qualifying score is always the end goal. So, let’s look at five very important things you should know about your IELTS results.

1. With IELTS Listening and IELTS Reading, What You See is What You Get

When you practise IELTS Listening and Reading question sets, you can easily figure out your band score. You just need to look at the number of questions you got right. In other words, there are no secret adjustments to your IELTS band after you complete the test. For each section, the number of correct answers you get out of 40 is your score, and this will be converted directly into an official IELTS Band ranging from 1 to 9.

So, you can take your IELTS Listening and Reading results at face value. But you don’t need to just take our word for it. The official IELTS website itself has published a table where you can convert your raw score - the number of answers correct - into a band score. Take a look at the official conversion tables for IELTS Listening and Reading (these are found in the “Component Band Scores” section of the page).

As long as you’re able to maintain good skill and accuracy in these sections, you can be confident that you’ll get the score you need. For more information about how to get top Listening and Reading results, check out this guide to the IELTS Listening test and these IELTS Reading tips.

2. The IELTS Speaking Test Brings You Face-to-Face with the Person Who Will Calculate Your Results

Yes, the person who conducts your IELTS Speaking interview is the very same person who will rate your speaking and assign it an IELTS band score. Don’t let this make you nervous, though. Talking directly with your IELTS scorer actually gives you a unique opportunity you don’t have in other parts of the exam.

You can pay close attention to how your interviewer reacts to what you say and adjust your speech accordingly. Does your scorer seem confused? You can slow your speech or focus more on your pronunciation. And if the reviewer seems able to understand you and is engaged in what you’re saying, keep doing more of what you’re doing.

Of course, if you want the best IELTS Speaking result, it’s good to prepare in advance of meeting your scorer. How can you prepare to really wow your IELTS Speaking interviewer? Well, this complete guide to IELTS Speaking is a great place to start.

3. In IELTS Writing, Content is More Important than Word Count

If you want good results in the IELTS Writing section, what you say is far more important than how much you say. However, Writing Task 1 has a minimum word count of 150, Writing Task 2 has a minimum word count of 250, and both of these word minimum limits must be met to get a top score. But as long as you’re at the minimum, you can stop worrying about word count.

What you really need to focus on is well organised, clearly written ideas. An IELTS general training letter that is, say, 155 words long and very well written will always get a better score than a 200 or 3300-word letter that is confusing or disorganised. And a nice 300-word Task 2 essay can still get a pretty bad score if it fails to answer a key part of the essay question.

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Putting together good, organised content can be especially challenging for first IELTS Academic Writing essay. There, you need to summarise and organise very detailed information from a chart or table. To rise to this challenge and get good results on test day, use this tutorial on IELTS Academic Writing Task 1.