Common European Framework (CEF)
Cambridge ESOL exams
Typical Language school levels
IELTS exam scores
A1

Elementary
1-2
A2
KET
Pre Intermediate
3
B1
PET
Intermediate
3.5- 4.5
B2
FCE
Upper Intermediate
5-6
C1
CAE
Lower Advanced
6.5-7
C2
CPE
Advanced
7.5+

What's my IELTS level?

Before you take the IELTS exam you need to know what kind of result you expect to get. This all depends on your real level of English.

If you attend a language school then the name of your class level can be a helpful guide. However, if you haven't studied or used English for a long time your level may be lower than you think because unfortunately you forget things very quickly.

Your real level of English also depends on your level in each skill - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Some students are stronger at reading and listeningbecause with these skills you are only receiving language. Sometimes our knowledge of a language (especially vocabulary) is much greater than our ability to produce - that is write or speak. That's why some students can get very different results in each skill, and this affects the overall score.

Below is a table that you can use as a guide to help you predict what kind of IELTS exam result you might get. However, this is only a guide. You can also try taking practice reading and listening exams and then calculate your approximate IELTS exam score.