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IELTS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (2019)
The HKEAA conducted a benchmarking study to compare the standards between the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the 2019 HKDSE English Language Examination. The tables below show the equivalent of Level 3 to Level 5** in HKDSE English Language with respect to the IELTS band scores. The results were developed based on a stratified sample of HKDSE 2019 candidates who voluntarily provided their IELTS results to the HKEAA for data analysis.

 

2019 HKDSE English Language Subject/Component Level
Average IELTS Overall Band Score
Average IELTS Section Band Score
Reading
Writing
Listening
Speaking
5** 8.11 8.67 7.06 8.73 7.54
5* 7.66 8.03 6.65 8.57 6.90
5 7.41 7.69 6.36 8.07 6.64
4 6.93 7.33 6.18 7.70 6.26
3 6.17 6.56 5.79 6.70 5.97