How is the IELTS Result Declared
The IELTS translates to the International English Language Testing System. This is a test to assess the level of expertise of an individual in the English language. It is an internationally recognised test that is undertaken worldwide. The test measures the individual in four areas of English.
The IELTS Sections are:
1. Listening: Consists of four sections.
2. Reading: Consists three sections.
3. Writing: Consists of two sections or tasks.
4. Speaking: Consists of three sections.
All the four sections of the IELTS have a different format and are scored differently.The IELTS result is declared separately for each of these four sections along with a compiled score. The IELTS result is available in the Test Report Form and they can be procured either by mail or by collection from the test centres.
The IELTS result is declared in two ways. The first IELTS result is the individual scores of every section. This is a direct translation of your performance in the test. The second is by the system of 'bands'. The band score expresses the expertise or the level of the student in the usage of the English language. Every band has a lower limit (which in this case is 1) and an upper limit (which in this case is 9). All the sections of the IELTS are scored and then their average is expressed in a number in this band. Given below is the band table along with the meaning of the respective bands.
The nine bands are described as follows:
- Band 9-Expert User: An individual who has excellent understanding of the English language and who is very fluent in it also.
- Band 8-Very Good User: An individual who has excellent understanding of the English language and is very fluent in it but does tend to make a few mistakes here and there.
- Band 7-Good User: An individual who has a very good understanding of the English language and is mostly very fluent and confident about the language.
- Band 6-Competent User: An individual who can use and understand the language and has basic competence in understanding the language.
- Band 5- Modest user: An individual who can use the language and can understand it also but makes quite a few mistakes.
- Band 4- Limited User: An individual who can understand the language but is comfortable with it only in known situations and is not fluent in the language.
- Band 3- Extremely Limited User: An individual who can only understand a little of the language and is sure only in known situations. Not fluent in the language.
- Band 2- Intermittent User: Not at all fluent in the language and does not understand the language very well. Can communicate in singular words only.
- Band 1-Non User: Unable to understand or use the language. Can use a few words of the language only. Proper communication is not possible.
- Band 0-Did not attempt the test: An individual who had registered for the test but either did not take it or for any reason his test is not available to get scored.
The IELTS result is different from other examination scores because it does not declare a pass mark or a fail mark. It is a language test so the IELTS result conveys the competence of an individual in the language through the different sections of the test. The bands express the average scores of the individuals thereby negating any errors of score calculations or irregularities in the test takers` abilities. A score of 30 or 30.25 both are converted to the nearest band. Thus, the averages are as important as the actual total scores.
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