The IELTS test assesses a person’s ability to listen, read, write and speak English. It is the most trusted test for admission in universities in English-speaking nations. It is also the test of choice when it comes to migration and career opportunities in these nations. Hence, you should be aware of not just the test format, which is trusted by more than 10,000 organisations around the world, but also of the IELTS score band.
The IELTS Score Band
The IELTS score band gives a score from 1 to 9 for each section – listening, reading, writing and speaking – of the test. The average of the four presents the overall IELTS score. A person can get a whole score (for example 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0) or half score band (for instance 5.5, 6.5 and 7.5) in each section of the exam or the whole exam.
The IELTS score bands are as follows:
A band score of 9 is indicative that the skill level of the user is of expert level. It means the applicant possesses complete command of the English language and can use it in an accurate and fluent manner.
This score shows that the person is a very good user of English and has a firm command of the language, but with few inaccuracies and improper usage. While the person can handle complex discussions well, they may misunderstand situations they are unfamiliar with.
Band 7 means the skill level is that of a good user. They have command of the language, but with a few inaccuracies, misunderstandings of specific situations and improper use of English. On the whole, the person can reason well.
A user with this IELTS score is a competent user of English language. They have an effective command of the language but with certain inaccuracies and improper usage of syntax and grammar. The person can use complex language in familiar situations.
This score is that of a modest user, wherein the person has partial command of English and can understand the language in nearly all situations, but makes many mistakes. They are able to communicate in their field but not outside their area of expertise.
This is the IELTS score of a limited user. The person has basic competence to use English in familiar situations but faces problems in long conversations. The person is unable to use complex terms and expressions.
A person with this score is an extremely limited user of English. They are able to convey general meaning in familiar situations but face communication breakdowns due to their lack of familiarity with the language.
A person with IELTS score band 2 is an irregular user of English and finds it difficult to speak and write English.
This score shows that the person is a non-user of English language. Other than knowing one or two words, the person is unable to use the language for speaking and writing.
This IELTS score is given when a person does not attempt any questions during the test.
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