Comparison of Scores of Leicester Language Academy Advanced English Assessments alongside the CEFR and IELTS

Leicester Language Academy uses a range of assessments to guide a students learning. We are not a test centre for any examination or external award but we do undertake mock assessments of various types to meet  a students specific requirements. Examples of such assessments might be Trinity Examinations, Cambridge Certificates or IELTS.

We also undertake ongoing assessments of our own using our own professional experience and loosely based around the Cambridge Certificate of English. Our assessments mean we are able to give a guide as to a students potential standard of English in a range from beginner to advanced. By way of example what follows shows our interpretation of the Leicester Language Academy’s advanced assessment in comparison with the Common European Framework of Reference and an IELTS score.

Leicester Language Academy Advanced English (LLAAE), is targeted at Level C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

This is the level of English at which students can:

  • use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning
  • express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Many institutions need to know how Leicester Language Academy Advanced English (LLAAE) scores compare with IELTS1 band scores. The table below shows this relationship:

IELTS 1 Band Score Academy Advanced English (LLAAE) Score
8 80
7.5 74
7 67
6.5 58
6 52
5.5 47
5 41
Academy Advanced English (LLAAE) Grade/CEFR level
Grade A (C2)
Grade B (C1)
Grade C (C1)

Holders of Leicester Language Academy Advanced English (LLAAE) display similar language ability to candidates who have an IELTS score of 6.5 to 8.0.

Using Leicester Language Academy Advanced English: Advanced (LLAAE) scores

Every successful Leicester Language Academy Advanced English (LLAAE) student receives a Statement of Results, which contains the following information:

  1. Score – This is the score for the whole exam and is shown as a number on a scale of 0 to 100, which is converted, from the total number of marks available in the exam. This is not a percentage of questions answered correctly.
  2. Grade – The grade awarded relates to the score and is a letter grade from A–C.
  3. Candidate profile – This shows how a candidate performed in each paper in the exam (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English) using the following descriptors: Weak, Borderline, Good and Exceptional.

If you need applicants to demonstrate a particular level of competence in individual language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking or Use of English) you can ask for a specific candidate profile. The table below shows the Leicester Language Academy English: Advanced (LLAAE) candidate profile descriptors that meet particular IELTS band scores.


IELTS 1 Band Score Academy Advanced English (LLAAE) student profile
8 Exceptional
7.5 Good
7 Good
6.5 Borderline
6 Borderline


[1](LLAAE) Students who have secured a Leicester Language Academy English: Advanced (LLAAE) grade C are at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference and can be expected to be comparable in ability with students who have secured 6.5 or 7.0 in IELTS. Where institutions have specified a minimum IELTS requirement of 7.0, reference may be made to the standardised score, and a minimum requirement of 67 imposed.

[1] IELTS is owned and managed jointly by a partnership of British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

To download a copy of this information please click here: LLAAE IELTS Score equivalence