IELPT for Organisations

Why accept IELPT scores?

IELPT is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test for higher education and global migration.

A truly global test

  • The IELPT test is trusted by over 10,000 organisations, including universities, professional bodies, employers and migration authorities.
  • IELPT is the only English language test that is accepted by all of the key immigration authorities for visa applications and migration purposes.
  • IELPT actively avoids cultural bias in order to ensure all test takers are treated with the utmost fairness. The IELPT test consists of questions that are relevant to the way people need to use English in their studies or working lives. The topics covered by the test are both interesting and contemporary, and are based on an analysis of the ways in which language is used in the ‘real world’.
  • All standard varieties of native-speaker English, including North American, British, Australian and New Zealand English are accepted.

 

Face-to-face speaking test

IELPT includes a face-to-face speaking test with a qualified and trained examiner who interacts with and assesses the test taker’s communicative skills in English.  This prompts a more realistic performance from test takers than simply responding to recorded cues from a computer. Institutions and employers can, therefore, better be able to identify test takers who can communicate effectively in English.

 

IELPT scoring in detail

The IELPT test results are reported using the same nine-band scale

The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Overall Band Score

The Overall Band Score is the average of the four component scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The component scores are weighted equally.

Some examples:

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Average of four components
(total of the four individual
component scores
divided by four)
Band score
Test taker A 6.5 6.5 5 7 6.25 6.5
Test taker B 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.875 4.0
Test taker C 6.5 6.5 5.5 6.0 6.125 6.0

If the average of the four components ends in .25, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, the Overall Band Score is rounded up to the next whole band.

Component Band Scores

Listening 

The IELPT Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELPT nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Reading

The IELPT Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELPT nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

The Reading tests are graded on the same scale. The distinction between the two tests is one of genre or text type. However, Reading tests may contain texts which feature more difficult vocabulary or greater complexity of style. It is usual that a greater number of questions must be answered correctly on a Reading test to secure a given band score.

The tables below indicate the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score in Listening,  Reading.

Listening
Band score Raw score out of 40
5 16
6 23
7 30
8 35

 

Reading
Band score Raw score out of 40
5 15
6 23
7 30
8 35

Writing

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.

Speaking

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

The criteria are weighted equally and the Speaking band score is the average.