Students often ask how many correct answers they need (out of 40) to get a band score of 7 in the reading and listening tests.
According to official IELTS guidelines:
- Band 6 is about 23 out of 40
- Band 7 is about 30
- Band 8 is about 35
The score needed for each band can change depending on the difficulty of each test. If you have a really difficult test, the score needed for band 7 might be 28 or 29. If the test is easier, you might need to score 31 or 32 to get a 7. Click here to see the banding guide on the official IELTS website.