IELTS Scores

IELTS result is reported on a nine-band scale. In addition to the score for overall language ability, IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). These scores are also reported on a nice band sale. All scores are recorded on the test report form along with details of the candidate’s nationality, first language and date of birth.

Each overall band score corresponds to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of the English language ability of a candidate classified at that level. The nine bands and their descriptive statements are as follows:


9- Expert User

Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

8- Very Good User

Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriateness. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations, handles complex detailed argumentation well.

7- Good User

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations, generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

6- Competent User

Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

5- Modest User

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression, is not able to use complex language.

3- Extremely Limited User

Conveys and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

2- Intermittent User

No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formula in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

1- Non User

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

0- Did Not Attempt Test

No assessable information provided.

Most universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA accept IELTS Overall Band Score of 6.0 – 7.0 for entry to academic programs.

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