IELTS Writing Band Score Calculator

IELTS Writing CalculatorWhen an IELTS examiner assesses your essays, they will give you a band score for IELTS writing task 1 and a separate band score for IELTS writing task 2.

To calculate your final IELTS writing band score, an IELTS administrator will use a table that is similar to the one shown below.

Note: we think the table is the same as the one shown below, but IELTS keep the exact table secret!

IELTS Writing Task 2 is worth more than Task 1

Writing task 2 is worth more marks than task 1. In effect, task 2 is worth double the marks of task 1. (Your final band score is not the average of the two band scores.)

So, if a candidate gets a band score of 9.0 in task 1, and nothing in task 2 (maybe they forgot to do task 2!), they will get a final band score of only 3.0. However, if a candidate gets a band score of 9.0 in task 2, and gets nothing in task 1, they will get a band score of 6.0.

Here is another example. If a candidate gets a 6.0 in task 1 and a 5.0 in task 2, their final band score will be 5.0. But if a candidate gets a 5.0 in task 1 and a 6.0 in task 2, their final band score will be 6.0.

Take a look at the table. Click on it to see it full size.

IELTS Writing Band Score Calculator

What does this mean for you?

Remember, Task 2 is double the marks of Task 1. Therefore, make sure you do a great Task 2.

You have one hour to do both writing tasks, but you can do them in the order you want. I always advise candidates to do Task 2 first because it is better to run out of time while writing Task 1 than Task 2.

I hope this helps!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi I’m Deirdre, I just did IELTS this morning. I am rather worried because I didn’t complete the last instruction on the letter and I think I didn’t have enough words for both essay. Would you have any idea what will the band score be like? I also think I don’t have many complex sentence, mostly simple English. I’m worried because I have a minimum requirement. Thank you.

    • Hi Deirdre

      If you wrote less than the minimum word count, you will lose a band but only for Task Response/Task Achievement. This one of 4 areas you are assessed in.

      If you are lucky, this might not affect your overall score at all: for example, if your essay was scored TR: 6 CC: 6 LR: 6 GR: 6 (Overall 6.0), then, after the deduction for low word count, you would get TR: 5 CC: 6 LR: 6 GR: 6 (Overall 5.75 – BUT this is rounded UP to 6.0 so the deduction has no effect).

      However, you might lose 0.5 band overall: if your essay was scored TR: 6 CC: 7 LR: 6 GR: 6, you would get 6.25 overall, but this is rounded UP to 6.5, so after a deduction you would get TR: 5 CC: 7 LR: 6 GR: 6, an overal score of 6.0, so you lose half a band.

      So, if you are lucky, your band score might not be affected at all, and at most by 0.5 in each essay under the minimum word count.

      Regarding your other question: In Task 1, if you don’t cover all the bullet points you would probably get a Band 4 for Task Achievement, but Task Achievement is just one of the four areas so overall it might only affect your score by half a band.

      I hope you get the score you need. Best of luck, Charlie.

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