The CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability. It marks an individual's language skills along a six-mark scale ranging from A1 (beginners) to C2 (advanced).
IELTS band scores range from 0 - 9. IELTS teachers can map scores against the Common European Framework to help gauge a candidate's language ability. To find out how the IELTS scores are compared to the Cambridge English Exams, please see below.
You will be awarded an IELTS band score from 0-9 for each test section, which reflects your proficiency in English.
Your IELTS Test Report Form will show a score for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) and an overall band score. You can score whole band scores (for example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half band scores (e.g. 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in every section of the test.
IELTS Scale with Band Score and skill level description
IELTS Test vs. Cambridge English Exams
In this overview, you can see how the IELTS Test and Cambridge English Exams are compared on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and Cambridge English Scale.