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IELTS Reading band scores

Your IELTS Reading scores are calculated by the number of correct answers you have out of 40 questions in the test. You get one mark for each correct answer in the IELTS Reading test. The total correct answers will determine your 'raw' score from which your band score will be determined. It is very important to try and answer every question as a blank answer will get no marks.

Your IELTS Reading band score contributes to your overall IELTS band score.

IELTS Reading Band Score Chart

IELTS Academic Reading - Raw Score Conversion*

Number of correct answers
(Raw Score)
IELTS Academic
Reading Band Score
40-399
38-378.5
36-358
34-337.5
32-307
29-276.5
26-236
22-195.5
18-155
14-134.5
12-104
9-83.5
7-63
5-42.5

IELTS Academic Reading - Raw Score Conversion*

Number of correct answers
(Raw Score)
IELTS General Training
Reading Band Score
409
398.5
37-388
367.5
34-357
32-336.5
30-316
27-295.5
23-265
19-224.5
15-184
12-143.5
9-113

* The IELTS Reading band score charts that are shown here highlight the average number of marks required to achieve a particular IELTS band score. Actual marks may vary slightly between tests due to the variation in texts used on different occasions.

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