IELTS Test Scores

IELTS Test Scores Explained!

IELTS is one of the popular English language proficiency tests that is required to study/work/settle in an English-speaking country, such as the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. There are two modules (Academic and General Training) of the test. You must write one of the test modules according to the purpose for which you are taking the test. Each module comprises four components (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking tests). The test scores are given as band scores from one to nine. You will receive an individual band score for each test component as well as an overall band score for the test.





How are IELTS Scores Calculated?

The test scores are calculated using a unique and confidential nine-band scoring system. Each sub-test (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) of the exam will be awarded an individual band score that is obtained by converting your raw scores in each sub-test using the nine-band scoring system. The individual band scores are averaged and rounded to give you an overall band score.

What are the Possible Band Scores you can get in the IELTS Test?

The test scores can be whole band scores or half-band scores. The whole band scores range from one to nine, and the half-band scores can be decimals, such as 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5.

What do Each Band Score Represent?

The overall band score represents your level of proficiency in the English language. The individual band score represents your level of expertise in the reading/speaking/writing/listening aspect of the English language.

Band Score - Nine

A band score of nine is the maximum expert score that you can get in the test. It represents that you have a "fully operational" command of the English language. It indicates that you are capable of understanding and using even complex language appropriately, accurately and fluently. The score nine denotes that you are an expert user of the English language.

Band Score - Eight

A band score of eight denotes that you have a very good operational command of the English language with occasional mistakes. It indicates that you are capable of misunderstanding the language in some unused situations. It also indicates that you are good in handling complex arguments. The band score of eight denotes that you are a very good user of the English language.

Band Score - Seven

A band score of seven denotes that you have an operational command of the English language, and that you are capable of making mistakes in some situations. It also indicates that you are capable of understanding and using complex language. This score denotes that you are a good user of the English language.

Band Score - Six

A band score of six signifies that you have a "generally effective" command of the English language. It also indicates that you are capable of making mistakes, and that you can handle complex language to a satisfactory level. The band score of six denotes that you are a competent user of the English language.

Band Score - Five

A band score of five denotes that you have a partial command of the English language. It indicates that you are capable of making mistakes. It also indicates that you are capable of understanding and using basic communication in own field. The score five denote that you are a modest user of the English language.

Band Score - Four

A band score of four signifies that you have a limited command of the English language. It indicates that you are not very good in understanding and expressing in the English language. It also indicates that you are weak in using complex language. The band score of four denotes that you are a limited user of the English language.

Band Score - Three

A band score of three signifies that you have an "extremely limited" command of the English language. It indicates that you are capable of understanding and using the English language only in very familiar situations. It also indicates that you are weak in simple as well as complex language. The test score of three denotes that you are an "extremely limited" user of the English language.

Band Score - Two

A band score of two denotes that you have an intermittent command of the English language. It indicates that you are poor in understanding, speaking and writing English, except for the most basic English words. The band score of two denotes that you are an intermittent user of the English language.

Band Score - One

A band score of one denotes that you have a very poor or no command of the English language. It indicates that you are very weak in understanding, speaking, writing and reading even the basic English language. The band score of one denotes that you are a non-user of the English language.

The half-band test scores indicate the English language proficiency level that falls between the language proficiency levels of the whole numbers between which the half-band score lies.




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