Reading Band Score Calculator & Converter

Your IELTS reading band score calculator depends on the number of right answer/s you have made out of 40. You will receive one mark for each correct answer, with the total number marks determining your band score. Academic and general reading have different band scale for scoring.

The following automated calculator helps you to calculate your IELTS academic and general reading band score.

Academic reading band score converter

Correct answers (out of 40):       

General reading band score converter

Correct answers (out of 40):       

Reading band score calculator table

The IELTS reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole(5,6,7,…) and half bands(5.5,6.5,7.5,…).

Correct AnswersBand Score
11
22
32.5
4-3
3.5
4
4.5
5
5.5
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
8.5
9
ielts reading band score calculator
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IELTS Reading Band score descriptor

Band scoreSkill levelDescription
9Expert userThe test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8Very good userThe test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7Good userThe test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6Competent userThe test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5Modest userThe test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4Limited userThe test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3Extremely limited userThe test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2Intermittent userThe test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1Non-userThe test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0Did not attempt the testThe test taker did not answer the questions.

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