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When it comes to IELTS, it is not about pass or fail. It is one such test that assesses all levels of English. Understand that all the components of IELTS i.e. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening have a band score of 0 to 9. Apart from these components, there is an overall score too which is again in the range of 0 to 9. Also, it is essential to note that your IELTS score could be in decimal too. The interval of the decimal is 0.5. Thus, you can even get a score like 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 or 8.5.
An individual’s IELTS score is trusted by educational institutions, organizations and even the governments of a large number of English-speaking countries across the world. It is given to the students on a TRF or Test Report Form which is acceptable by all these entities.
Let’s throw some light on what your IELTS score says about your English level.
- Band 0: If you have received 0 as your band score, it means that either you have not appeared for the test or you did not answer any of the questions.
- Band 1: The score of band 1 indicates that you barely have an ability to use the English language. Apart from few words, you have no knowledge of English.
- Band 2: When you get 2 as your band score, it explains that you have a hard time in speaking or writing in English.
- Band 3: A band 3 IELTS Score says that you can speak and understand English only in the familiar situations. Also, it shows that you are not that fluent while communicating in English.
- Band 4: In the case of band 4, you can understand and speak English only in the familiar situations. Also, band 4 score means that you cannot use the complex English.
- Band 5: With this as your score, you are known as the modest user of the English language. You have a partial command over the language but you tend to make many mistakes. You are comfortable in speaking in English in your own field.
- Band 6: When you have 6 as your IELTS score, it means you have an effective command over English. However, there are still some inaccuracies and lack of understanding. Though you can use fairly complex language, it is only limited to the familiar situation.
- Band 7: With band 7, you are considered as a good user of the English language. However, there are still some inappropriate usage and inaccuracies in your flow.
- Band 8: Scoring band 8 symbolises that you have a full command over the language. You can even handle the complexities of the language. However, there are occasional inappropriate usage and inaccuracies.
- Band 9: That’s the perfect score. It means you have an excellent command over speaking, reading, writing, and listening to the English language. You are fluent and do not commit any mistake.