To understand the IELTS assessment criteria, please download the below PDFs. IELTS Speaking IELTS writing Why aren’t assessment criteria for Listening or Reading components published? IELTS Listening and Reading papers contain 40 items and each correct item is awarded one mark; the maximum raw score a candidate can achieve on a paper is 40. Band scores ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 are awarded to candidates on the basis of their raw scores.