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IELTS Band Score

IELTS Band Score

Posted on 7 years ago

In IELTS there is neither pass nor fail. The test does only one thing: it assesses every level of English proficiency.
Those who take the IELTS test are graded according to their performance, using scores ranging from 1-9 for every part of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The scores from these four parts, goes to produce your overall Band Score.

This distinctive 9-band system measures your scores in a constant manner, whenever and whenever this test is taken. Since it is internationally approved and understood, it imparts to you a dependable international currency.

The IELTS 9-band scale

The score ranges from 1 to 9 for every part of the IELTS test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average of the four parts produces the overall band score. Score can be on the whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in every part of this test.

Band 9: Expert user:

This score means the person maintains full operational command over the language: accurate, appropriate, and fluent with total comprehension.

Band 8: Very good user:

This person has total operational command over the English language with only occasional inappropriateness and unsystematic inaccuracies. Misunderstandings can happen in certain unfamiliar situations. This person can also manage well, detailed and complex argumentation.

Band 7: Good user:

This kind of user maintains operational command of the language, with only occasional inappropriateness, inaccuracies, and misunderstandings in certain situations. Generally. He/she can manage complex language in a good manner and can follow detailed reasoning.

Band 6: Competent user:

Such a user has by and large efficient command over the English language, in spite of some inappropriateness, inaccuracies, and misunderstandings: able to use and follow fairly complex language, mainly in familiar situations.

Band 5: Modest user:

This user has only partial command over the English language, able to cope with meaning in general, in most situations, although the person is likely to commit many mistakes. Can handle essential communication in his own field.

Band 4: Limited user:

This user has only basic competence and that too in familiar situations. He/she has numerous problems in the fields of understanding as well as expression and cannot handle complex language.

Band 3: Extremely limited user:

Such kind of users can convey and follow only the general meaning of words even in very familiar situations resulting in frequent breakdowns in communication.

Band 2: Intermittent user:

With this type of user real communication is almost impossible save the most essential information using short formulae or isolated words in familiar situations as also to meet his/her immediate needs. Thus the person finds extreme difficulty in following both written and spoken English.

Band 1: Non-user:

This user cannot use the English language except for a few isolated words.

Band 0:

Did not attempt the test: No measurable information provided.

As you can see every band matches with its own level of English language competence. All parts of IELTS test as well as the overall Band Score is reported in either in whole or half bands, eg., 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.


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