IELTS

Average IELTS Scores Required for Admission to Universities

About 23% of students applying for college admission to United States are taking IELTS Exam from India. IELTS still remains popular exam among test takers to UK and Australian Universities.

What is the average IELTS Score and minimum IELTS Scores required to get admission in U.S. Universities?

Average IELTS Score

Last week  we listed 2 sets of universities

After looking at various universities to collect the above list, I came to following conclusion

  1. Graduate School
    • Having Average IELTS Score of 6.0 is better for Graduate School
    • 5.5 will get you conditional admission
  2. Minimum IELTS Score of 5.0 is required for Under-Graduate programs

You have very good chance to get unconditional admission if IELTS Band Score is above 6.0 (6.5+).  You are qualified to get financial aid or scholarship only if your admission status is unconditional. If you get conditional admission, then you may have to take ESL classes or re-take IELTS and get score above 6.0.

Most of the universities in UK, Australia, New Zealana, Unites states for Graduate School admission require IELTS Average band score to be on 6.0 to 6.5. Top programs requires atleast 7.5 score.

IELTS (TRF) scores are valid for 2 years and if you don’t get required score to get admission, you can always retake the exam.

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  1. hi i have scored over all band as started below
    L 4
    R4
    W 4.5
    S 4.5

    so it is possible to get the visa study in any of the usa univercity in informatiom technology programe in under gradguate

  2. hi
    i was completed my b tech chemical engg with 67% .
    i have 4 years industrial experience . i want to do masters program in canada. i am writing only ielts. i want to go with ielts score . i didn’t write the GRE. is there any universities accept only ielts.
    please suggest me.

  3. Respected Sir/Madam,
    i have completed BE Electronics and Telecommunication and dploma EC.and also i have work experience of dubai about 13 months.and i have got ielts 5.5 band. so please guide me about student visa about in your institute in New zealand. i will wait your suggestion.
    thank you.

  4. Hey I have overall 7 band in ielts with reading-7, listening – 7, speaking – 7.5, writing – 5.5. I wanna to apply for an undergraduate programme in usa . Can I apply?

  5. My overall band score for ielts is 6.0 and the band scores are W5.5, R6.0, l6.5, S6.5 are these score sufficient for me to study abroad from my foundations.

  6. I got 6 in IELTS and plan to further education in the USA but I don’t know how to apply for colleges, I need your help
    Thank you in advance!

  7. my gre score is 297(quant-156,verbal-141)
    ielts-6.0
    my btech % is 76
    i want to do m.s computer science in west virginia university
    can u please tell me whether it is possible for me to get an admission in this college with the above profile………..

  8. My band score in IELTS is 5. I got a conditional admission in the University of Massachusetts in Masters program. Is there any possibilities of getting VISA???

  9. I am a B.B.A graduate, have 1 year of marketing work experiences and now working with a company too as marketing representative.My IELTS band score is 5.5 . PLZ…help me to find a Post secondary Diploma program,Diploma course or master’s in marketing (CANADA & AUSTRALIA)..Please suggest me….

  10. y dnt u answer about their questions many folks asked intensive questions but no one answer thats really injustice

  11. Hi,I got an overall band of 7 and L-8, R-5.5, S-7, W-6.5. Am i eligible for studying in Canada. Will they consider individual module which i have for Reading of only 5.5, or is it the overall score considered.Please let me know, so that i can plan to retake the exam asap.

  12. Hey my ielts score is 7.5…I would like to ask what’s the requirement for ielts score for those appearing in ore dental lisence exam in uk?

    1. Hi Mehreen, IELTS score requirement is usually same for all programmes. In most cases it is 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0. Thus you meet this requisite and can go ahead with admissions process.
      All the best!

  13. please give me reply about that i am eligible for applying for universities in canada,australia with 5.5 band score without any conditions for ms in electronics

  14. sir,i got 5.5 band score in ielts with lisening and reading 5.o and speaking and writing 5.5
    can i apply for any universities in canada or australia please give me reply urgent

  15. hii my name is venkat…..i got a total of 5band in ielts….i want 2 join for m.s in australia…can i got admission for this score…plzzzz urgent

  16. hiiiiiiiiiiiiii dear, i got 6 band ,and i want to join master degree in denmark ,so is it possible to get admission in denmark .suggest if any best option

    1. Most of the international Universities ask for an IELTS score of 6.5 and above. It would be better to retake the test. Check for the University specific requirements. You may get a conditional admission with current scores.

  17. i got 4.5 bands.. can i go to new zealand.. any colloge accept this bands…. plz help me…. my number is 8699100540

  18. Hi i have got a band score 6.0(lis 7.0,speaking 4.5,reading 6.0,writing5.5) so this is sufficient for ms(cs) in usa please tell me its urgent……….

  19. I have got a band score of 5.5 in IELTS: 5.5 (Writing and apeaking), 5 (Reading ) and 6 (Listening). So is this suffient for my admission for masters in Computer science in Australia??Im planning for fall 2012 intake…plz give me the university list which accept ielts 5.5

  20. Hi,I had an overall score of .in IELTS,5.5 in . and i am planing for the spring admission 2013 Can I get admission for graduate in business (MBA) study any where in and around Texas or Richmond (Virginia ) i have work experience of 11 yrs is that considerable? if it is Then please provide me the university’s list . so i can apply as early

    Thanks

  21. hi i written my gre got 270 out of 340 and now am preparing for ielts definately i’ll score 7 band i want do MS in US am i eligible for admission or i’ve to re-take again gre plz suggest me.

  22. Hello,

    I want to study in a collage in CANADA or Australia. My ielts score is 5 bands overall.
    But I got 4 bands in speaking and reading, and 5.5 bands in writing and speaking.
    Please let me know, if you can apply for in a collage.

    Best Regards
    Basir

  23. I got overall 6 in IELTS, i want to apply for MSc management program in Imperial Collage London. Minimum requirement is 7.0 band. Plz tell me is there any possible way to get in that program. I dont want to repeat IElTs.

  24. hello i hav band score of 5.5 in ielts from nepal and want to apply for austariala ,…… can u give me some information about some colleges or university in there for any course ????

  25. hello……. i am aabash frm nepal and my ielts band score is 5.5. i am thinking to apply for austariala for any course can u please give me some info about the university in austariala which accept this score for any course please??????????

  26. hello,
    I have scored of 6 bands in IELTS(Listening-6.5,Reading-6,Writing-6,Speaking-6)OVERALL-6bands. Is this score accepted in US universities for my Masters in ComputerScience. Iam planning for 2013 jan intake..!! Kindly reply me of what universities accept my score.

    1. In US you need GRE score too. your IELTS band is average score.with this score you can mostly apply for New Zealand for good Diploma programs. Let me know if you need any help

  27. Hi all of YOU !

    I have done IELTS and scored 5.5 bands . m i eligible for any of the institutions in Australia as a candidate of graduation? please specify . . . .

    may God bless u all .

    1. my gre score is (verbal-136,quant 139,analytical-1),ielts scoreis overall 4.5 band. iam qualifing or not .please tell me any universities are join me

  28. hie i gave my IELTS in oct 2011. my score was 7.5. can you please tell me the validity for the same..

  29. Hi,
    i’ve got an over all ielts band of 6.0(listening-7.5, reading-5.0, writing-5.0, speaking-6.0). can u pls let me know in which universities or colleges i can get admission into masters in CANADA.

    1. Hi Rocky,

      6.0 is a decent score for you to get admission in Canada. Can you suggest what specific courses are you looking at.

  30. Hi, i have scored 5.5 overall in ielts, is that ok for applying spouse visa to under graduate college in Australia, i done my 12th 2006 & after i m doing job plz suggest me this score if ok for applying spouse visa thank you.

  31. I am a class 12 student from Haryana ……….
    I want to take admission in chemical engineering in Australia……………..
    How much shall i suppose to score in ielts to get admission there………..

  32. Hi, i have scored 5.0 overall in ielts , is that ok for apply to under-graduate college in australia. Thank you.

  33. Hi, i have scored 5.0 overall in ielts, is that ok for applying to under graduate college in australia, thank you.

  34. i got 6.0 in ielts listening-6.5 reading -5.5 writing -5.0 speaking-6.0 will it be possible to get in to Australia university without any esl language courses..

    1. hary this score is ok for graduation but for post graduation and in australia u must compulsory have 6.0 in every module not less than this

  35. i m going to give IELTS exam . can anyone tell me how many minimum bands required for Academic . i want to apply for Canada

    1. Hi Priyanka, It is always better to get minimum 6.0-6.5 as they are considered to be good scores in colleges here in Canada. However, this does not mean that if you get 5.5, you would not be allowed an admission here. But you know it is always the better to get good scores. Please feel free to email us if you have any other questions related to college admission process in Canada.
      Thanks,
      CES

      1. Hai i like to do master degree in canada i finished btech computer science which course is best to get good job

  36. Hi
    I got 5.5 band in ielts academic test .can you advise me any Australian universities accept this score for master studies ., please help me.

  37. Sir, my overall bandscore in IELTS is 6 and want to know is there any university in south wales that can accept my band score for master study

  38. hello!
    i have got 5.5 bands in ielts.but in reading i got only 4.5.is it possible for me to get study visa for uk??please help me….

  39. hi
    i have got 5.5 in ielts (overall).am looking for masters(mba) in uk will guide me and am not having any work experience

  40. helloooo dis is HARSH…… i got 6.5 bands in IELTS (Reading – 7 , Listening -7 ,writing -6 , speaking -6) and my btech percentage is 74 % ( ECE) . Can I get admission in canada universities for masters in electrical and computer engg ?? such as Concordia University (montreal) , University of guelph , Carleton univer. or Mcmaster university?

  41. hi…
    I have got band score of 5.0 in Ielts , cany any university accapt this for under-graduate programs , if you can help please help :)…

  42. respected sir

    I got 6 bands in ielts (listening-6.5, reading -5, writing-5.5, speaking 6) and 64 % in b tech(IT) . i want to apply for PG course ,so will you please give me some sugestions and tell me that m i elligible for PG course or not .Please reply as soon as possible

    Thanx

  43. respected sir

    I got 6 bands in ielts (listening-6.5, reading -5, writing-5.5, speaking 6) and 64 % in b tech(IT) . i want to apply for PG course ,so will you please give me some sugestions and tell me that m i elligible for PG course or not and also tell me which collage can give me admission with 5 band in reading .Please reply as soon as possible

    Thanx

  44. hi …
    i got band 5 in my academic ielts test .. Can you advise me any uk universities accepts with this scores..Help me!

  45. I have got a band score of 5.5 in IELTS: 5.5 (Writing), 5 (Reading and Speaking) and 6 (Listening). So is this suffient for my admission for masters in Computer science in USA??Im planning for fall 2012 intake…plz give me the university list which accept ielts 5.5

  46. I GOT 5 BAND SCOR IN MY IELTS EXAME
    L 4.5
    R 5
    W 5
    S 5.5
    I WANNA GET ADMIISION IN AUSTRALIA IN CIVIL ENGERING AND UNGERGRADUTION COURSES………………
    I AM SOOO NERVOUS ABOUT IT COULD YOU HELP ME TO FIND OUT….ITS MY HUBLY REQUEST TO YOU………..THANKS

  47. i got 5.5 overalll band in ielts test, in which i got 5 band in reading, 5 in writting, 5 in lisning and 6.5 in speaking module. i want to khow that this band is enough for my diploma admission in austrilia university?

  48. Hi friends, can i get in diploma course and i have got 4.5 bands in my IELTS exam and now i want to apply for student visa for australia is it possible?please reply.

      1. hiii friend , i wanna know if you got addmission in uk with this bands , cause i have the same bands as yours

  49. Hi friends,iam a post graduate nurse and i have recently got 4.5 in my IELTS exam and now i want to apply for student visa for UK is it possible?please reply.

    1. i have a confusion in mind as as i took ielts exame recently and now i qam waiting for the rezult that will ciome with in six seven days i hope to get atleast 6 band pray for me and suggest where i should take edmission am from pakistan and a detail of cost i need for whole process thaks wating for ur response

  50. HI i am tandoori and curry chef and i got job in Australia my ielts listening=4.5 reading 3.5 speaking 6.5 and writing 4 overall score is 4.5 please let me know weather i am eligible for Australia.

  51. Hi,I want to ask that Is there any college in Canada which require 6 Bands for Post graduation diploma.If yes what is the name of the college?

    1. Hi,

      Almost all the colleges require IELTS/TOEFL score for admission to their colleges. 6.0 is a decent score to get admission here in Canada.

  52. hi i got 5 in my bandscore.my listening 5.5,reading 4,writing 5.5 speaking is 5..can i apply student visa in uk?please reply me.

  53. Hi i just got ielts 6.5 where my listening 7, reading 5, speaking 6.5 and writting 6.5. Am i eligible to pass the UKBA english requirement since i read they require minimum 5.5 in each sub test. I’m worried this gonna be a big problem to me..huh

  54. Hi,I had an overall score of 6.0 in IELTS,5.5 in writing,5.5 in listening,5.0 in reading,7.0 in speaking.Can I get admission as an under graduate in business study in London School of Commerce.

  55. H,had an overall score of 6.0 in ielts.5.5 in writing,5.5 in listening,5.0 in reading,7.0 in speaking.Can I get admission as an under graduate in business study in London School of Commerce.

  56. Hi syed shoeb mohammed

    which exam are required are in mba programe in usa tell me fast i am waitaing for a mail

  57. Hello,
    I have got a band score of 7 in IELTS: 6 (Writing), 7 (Reading and Speaking) and 7.5 (Listening). So is this suffient for my admission for masters in Pharmacy?

      1. dear am having 5 band in ielts could you please tell am eligible to get admission in any university or collages in uk . can u please tell me if any one am very thankful to you if u r replying on mail .

  58. hi i have got 4.5 ielts score L-5 R-4.5 W-4.5 and Speaking 4 could i apply for hotel management course in Reohapton university london(uk) reply me fast

  59. dear sir,

    i got overall 5.5 band, L=6,R=5,S=5.5,W=5.5.
    is thr any chance to get canada student visa in nonspp..
    i alredy apply for seneca colg..
    reply.

    1. I have scored over all band 5 in IELTS as stated below:

      1. listening 4.5
      2. Reading 4.5
      3. Writing 5
      4. speaking 5.5
      so is it possible to get the visa to studay in any of the Austrilan University in civil engineering programme in under gradute

  60. hi dear sir or madam i request u that i got 5 band in academic module i have done 12th in commerce here so is there is any university is there for me so i want to go australia in 5 band

  61. i have got 5.5score can i get admission in Canada and i had done 10+2 last year ……………. Pls tell me any universities where i can apply…..

  62. i have got 5.5score can i get admission in Canada and i had done 10+2 last year ……………. Pls tell me any universities where i can apply…..

  63. I have done a PGDBA level study in London. I have 5.5 band in Ielts please tell me am I able to get a admission in same level study or top up MBA in Australia thanks

    1. I have done PGDBA (post graduation diploma in business adminstration) level 7 in pinnacle college London . I have 5.5 band in Ielts ,am I able to get a admission in same level study or MBA top up study in Australia or not

  64. my name is adam. I got 4.5 overall band score in IELTS exams. So can i get admission for the course of MBA in the norway universities? Best regard.

    1. i got 6.0 in ielts listening-6.5 reading -5.0 writing -5.5 speaking-6.0 will it be possible to get in to Australia university without any esl language courses…

  65. am an international undergraduate student. I am seeking for an admission for Industrial

    Engineering for Fall 2012. I got 4.5 out of 9 in IELTS. 4 in reading, 4 in listening, 4 in

    .writing, and 5.5 in speaking

    ?? Q?. Does my score meet the requirements of admission

  66. i got 5 band in ielts academic 5.5 band in listening, 5.5 band in reading, 4.5 band in writting and 5 in speaking can i get addmission in any autralia university??

    1. hello
      i just got an academice ielts result comprising band 6 score overall. can i study post graduate international security management in any australian college. i m too a tempora resident of australia. i will be pleased to know as soon as possible.

  67. i have got 5 band in ielts.writing 5.5, listening 5, writing 5 , speaking 4 band so can i apply for any college in canada

    1. HEY I GOT 5.5 IN LISTENING ,4.5 IN READING, 5.0 IN WRITING AND 5.5 IN SPEAKING . WELL ALLOVER 5 SHOULD I APPLY FOR AUSTRALIA…

  68. hi
    I achieved overall 7 bands in academic module.
    Listening-7.5
    Reading-7
    Writing-7
    Speaking-5.5
    Am i eligible for any university admission

  69. my IELTS over all band is 6.0. i have got a conditional offer @ university of Dayton. my academics aggregate is 71%. i had 2 backlogs. 1 in 1st year and the other in 3rd year. ll i get VISA approval or not??

  70. hi,i have got 5.0 band in ilets so i want to go for further study in ireland.So,could you please advice me,should i take ilets again or it’s enough

  71. i got 4.5 band in ielts academic 5.5 band in listening, 4.5 band in reading, 4.5 band in writting and 4 in speaking can i get addmission in any usa university and colleges?

    please reply me fast

  72. i got 4.5 band in ielts academic 5.0 band in listening, 4.5 band in reading, 4.5 band in writting and 4 in speaking can i get addmission in any usa university and colleges?

    please reply me fast

    1. I just got 4,5 about IELTS test so do you know guys some universities accept these score my score 4 in reading , 4 listining, 4 writing , and 5,5 in speaking .
      if you can help me guys .
      thank’s

  73. I have got overall 5.5 bands but in writing i have got only 4.5 bands. My question is can i will get nz study visa with this score plz help me…

  74. HI! Ive got band 5 in the overall ielts exam . I would like to know where can I study in a university in Singapore?
    Pls answer me asap .
    thks

  75. I’ve question if you don’t mind,
    I’ve got 6.0 score in IELTS ,and GRE 1100 (V300/ Q 800)
    I finish my BE in civil Engineering , and I am planning to get admmission for MS for Fall 2012, so could you please advise me, should I take IELTS again or it is enough?
    pls refer me the university in US that accept my score

    thanks

      1. I would like to applied for engineering majors. I got 4.5 in the ILETS could anyone tell me which university in united stayt of American accept my score
        Plead tell me as soon as it is so important

        Ali AlSaleh

      2. Hi

        Please I need someone can help me for some university in united state accept 4.5for the Ielts exam please please please
        ANY UNIVERSITY IN UNITED STATE

  76. Hello I want to join a university in the United States for my masters degree . So how much marks at least should I get in IELTS please? Can I get I-20 from a university with a good marks in IELTS ?

  77. Hi. I made 6.0 in my Ielts Band score I knw am eligible to get admission into a University in the US,am making this enquiry to knw if am to proceed to the consulate to apply for Visa to pursue my career I have an aunt in Houston Texas who would be expecting me and what kind of visa I my goin to apply for,and lyk how much I my goin to have in my statement of acct that i’ll be presenting to the comission please kindly reply me soonest i’m from Nigeria I’ll wait for your reply,thanks #team

  78. hi…….i had done 10+2 in 2008 with open board and after that i had taken admission in BBA from PTU (jld.) but due to some circumstances i left my BBA in 5th sam. i scored 7 bands in IELTS now plz tell me can i apply for USA or AUSTRALIA for bachelors and what will be the chances to get visa. plz do reply

  79. I got 5.5 In IELTS test, which university accept this score for master degree in Clinical Psychology

    thank you

  80. helo gentleman…
    sir i just wan to knw tht i scored 6 band in ielts test with 5 band in writing and 6 band in other 3 sections.i waan to knw tht kn i be elegible to get admission in foriegn uni with such kind of bands….

  81. i’ve got 6.0 bands as a score in IELTS exam.? is it possible to get admission in any college or universities of USA..? is IELTS exam affect my visa approval process.?

    i have completed my bachelor by commerce in 2008 & worked in TIA Airport KTM having experience in aviation field of 4 and half years.
    please to give a proper feedback.

  82. i got 5 bend in my ielts exam which college accept my score for bachlor please reply me

  83. i’ve got 6.0 bands as a score in IELTS exam.? is it possible to get admission in any college or universities of USA..? is IELTS exam affect my visa approval process.?

    i hv recently completed my bachelor by commerce.
    please to give a proper feedback.

  84. i have got 5.5score can i get admission in Canada please let me know i am waiting your reply Thanks

  85. i have got 5 score can i get admission in Australia or Canada please let me know i am waiting your reply Thanks

  86. hello i got overall 5.5 bands in ielts (5,5.5,5,6.5) wethere it is eligible for post gradution study in uk

  87. Hi Every one. I have scored 6.5 in IELTS and not less than 6 bands in every section. I wanted to pursue M.S in Computer Science and two years back i have scored 730 overall score in GRE. My academic percentage is 63 with 11 backlogs. I am 2008 passed out and currently working in MNC from 1.4 years. Is it possible to get admission in US universities without GRE? And what is the Visa acceptance rate without GRE exam?

  88. My IELTS band score is 4, can i enter this university with this score. What you recommend me. Can you advise me some collage that accepts with this score or any universities. Help me!

    1. My IELTS band score is 4, can i enter any community collages in the USA with this score. What you recommend me. Can you advise me some collages that accepts with this score or any universities. Help me!

  89. i have taken ielts 5.5 overall .my listeining is 5,redeing is 6,writing 6,andspeaking is5.5.can i countinue for under grauate university and which university?please replay my quastions.tanks.

  90. i want to study in canada college under graduate course and i have score 5 band in ielts kindly tell me which canadian college will give admission to me

  91. i get average 5.5 band, 5 band in speaking, 5.5 bands in reading and writing & 6 band in listening, so i can get addmission in newzeland or australia for postgraduation or advance diploma? reply me!

  92. i got 4.5 band in ielts academic 4.5 band in writting and 4 in speaking and other both i got 5 can i get addmission in any usa university and colleges?

    please reply me fast

  93. i got 5 band in ielts academic 5 band in writting and 5.5 in speaking and other both i got 4.5 can i get addmission in any australian university and colleges?

    please reply me fast

  94. I'd scored 5.0 band score in IELTS. so can i getadmission in US colleges and Universities!!!! If i get then please send me the list of colleges and universities of USA where i can get scholarship also……!!! Hope u'll reply me!!!!

  95. hii this is Sikarwar…

    I m currently doing my post graduation….6 months ago i wrote IELTS n scored band 7…

    Is that sufficient to get admissions in US or UK universities or should i even write GRE…???

  96. I have IELTS overall band score 5.5, Can I apply in any univerisities in USA, please tell me if you have any idea and any university which is accept this score.

    Thanks

    Julex

  97. plz plz anybody teel me.k i score 5.5 in ielts.. any particular unversity in which i get easily admission.. plz rply me soon

  98. Hello,Please note that Iam American citizen,lives in Damascus,Syria with my parents.I passed the Syrian baccalaureate with good grade,and joined three weeks ago one of the accredited universities here doing Business administration.My dream was to go back to the states and study there ,but my dad says he can not afford to do so due to financial problems. How can I get a grant, or scholarship ?

    please help.

    Sam

    1. Scholarship depends on your academic profile. American citizens qualify for lot more Aid types than international students. You may have to pay out of state fees for 1 yer, till you establish residency.

      1. Thank you,This is very inportant info.Could you please explain more”ins and outs”.
        Regards
        Sam

  99. i got 6.0 in ielts listening-7.0 reading -5.0 writing -6.0 speaking-5.0 will it be possible to get in to us university?

  100. hii this is reshmi…im currently doing my graduation final year….3 months ago i wrote IELTS n scored band 7.Is that sufficient to get admissions in US universities or should i even write GRE???

  101. I have got Ielts in 5.00 Band and wrriting $ speaking got 4.5 band In this Module..

    So i Can Appling For MS in Any University For USA Can be possible to any university in USA.

  102. i had got 5.5 in mah ielts..exam. just want to apply for mah undergraduate course ..the score was perfect or not….just reply me..okkk…

  103. i have got 5.5 band in ielts will i able to get admission in canadian university for which.if yes than will i able to get work permit and able to apply for pr afterwards.

  104. I have one question, I have scored overall 7 band in IELTS, but 5.5 in speaking part, what all universities I can apply for?

  105. I've question if you don't mind,
    I've got 6.0 score in IELTS last August,
    I will be finishing my MS in Electrical Engineering , hopefully,by 28 Jan 2011, and I am planning to get admmission for PhD for Fall 2011, so could you please advise me, should I take IELTS again or it is enough?

    thanks

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