IELTS Score of 5.5

IELTS Band Score of 5.5 - Interpretation and Utility

The candidates taking IELTS test are graded based on their performance using a unique 9-band system. The test score will be given as individual band scores for each part of the test as well as overall band score for the test. Both the individual and overall band score ranges from one to nine. The band score may also be half scores from one to nine, such as 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5.

The internationally recognizable unique 9-band system uses a consistent method to convert IELTS raw scores into IELTS band scores. Each band represents different levels of English proficiency. The band score of nine is the highest and expert test score. The band scores of seven and eight are good scores. The band score of six is a competent score. The band score of five is a modest score. The band scores of three and four are limited scores. The band scores that are less than three are very low scores.





What is the Minimum Score Requirement in IELTS?

The score requirement for education/work or immigration purposes depends on the University/ organization to which you want to apply or the country to which you want to immigrate. Generally, 5.5 is the minimum band score requirement demanded by most of the Universities and organizations.

What Can You Interpret from an IELTS Band Score of 5.5?

A band score of six represents that you are a competent user of the English language. It signifies that you have an effective command of the English language despite certain inaccuracies. A band score of five represents that you are a modest user of the English language. It signifies that you have a partial command of English language although you are probable to make many mistakes.

5.5 is the band score that you will get when your raw test score out of 40 lies between 18 and 22. The band score of 5.5 lies between the band scores of five and six. Using the interpretations of the band scores five and six that are explained in the above paragraph, it will be very easy for you to interpret the score of 5.5. Thus, the band score of 5.5 represents that your English language proficiency level is between competent and modest levels. That is, 5.5 signifies that you have 'partial to generally effective' command over English.

What Does a Band Score of 5.5 in Each Part of IELTS Test Signify?

Your band score of 5.5 in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening tests signifies your level of English proficiency in each test.

  • Speaking Test
  • A  score of 5.5 in the Speaking test indicates that you have 'partial to effective' command of spoken English with respect to different criteria such as fluency & coherence, grammatical range & accuracy, lexical resource, and pronunciation criteria.

  • Writing Test
  • A  score of 5.5 in the Writing test indicates that you have 'partial to effective' command of written English with respect to different criteria such as task achievement, task response, lexical resource, coherence & cohesion, and grammatical range & accuracy.

  • Reading and Listening Tests
  • A  score of 5.5 in the Reading/ Listening test indicates that you have 'partial to effective' command of English language with respect to reading/ listening criteria.

Score of 5.5 is generally the minimum requirement to get admission in most of the Universities in English-speaking countries. Some Universities expect a band score of six or seven to offer admission. Even when you are looking for an opportunity to work in English-speaking countries, band score of 5.5 seems to be the minimal requirement. The same is the case when you want to immigrate to an English-speaking country.