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What IELTS scores correspond to the European Common Framework?

IELTS Scores in relation to the Common European Framework (CEF) are found below. 

The IELTS band scores in relation to CEF levels below are approximations only. They are a good indication of what your Ielts band scores would correspond to in other language examinations like the CPE, CAE, or ECPE. (details below)

The IELTS band scores indicate overall scores and not module scores.

Remember, these scores are not exact, yet, they are as near to exact as can be at this time. Until more information is made available, the best we can do is what is called, "an educated guess."

Ielts Scores

 

Common European Framework

 

 

IELTS Band Score

 

 

9.0

 

 

C2

8.0

 

 

C1

7.0

 

B2

6.0

 

 

 

5.0

 

B1

 

4.0

 

 

A2

A1

3.0

 


The approximations below show what Common European Framework scores would be expected for the corresponding IELTS scores.



 

Common European Framework

 

Approx. IELTS Band Score

 

C2

 

7.5+

 

C1

 

6.5/7.0

 

B2

 

5.0/5.5/6.0

 

B1

 

 

3.5/4.0/4.5

 

A2

 

3.0

 

A C2 score is equal to the Cambridge and Michigan Proficiency Exams. A C1 corresponds to both the CAE and ALCE (Cambridge and Michigan Advanced degrees) while a B2 is the level of the Cambridge First Certificate, or FCE.

For additional information regarding Ielts scores click on the preceding link. You will be taken to a very informative research paper showing university performance in realtion to Ielts band scores.