IELTS Band Score

IELTS Band Score

The IELTS 9-band scale or IELTS Band Score

The grades you receive for your skills are marked from 1 to 9 (9 being a native level) in each category. Most universities require a 6-6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5-6 in each category. However, the specific grade you need depends on which University you are applying for and what subject you are taking, as every University has it’s own requirements. Ielts Band Score.

For each part of the test, listening, reading writing and speaking you receive a score. This score ranges from 1 to 9 and has steps of 0.5.

Band Score
Skill level
Description
Band 9
Expert user
You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding. Ielts Band Score.
Band 8
Very good user
 
You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well. Ielts Band Score.
Band 7
Good user
You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Band 6
Competent user
Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5
Modest user
You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.
Band 4
Limited user
 
Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language. Ielts Band Score.
Band 3
Extremely limited user
You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Band 2
Intermittent user
 
You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English. Ielts Band Score.
Band 1
Non-user
 
You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words. Ielts Band Score.
Band 0
Did not attempt the test
You did not answer the questions.

IELTS Band Score