How are IELTS scores calculated?
The individual IELTS scores for Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking are all equally weighted. They are rated from 0 – 9, with increments of 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75.
The overall band score is calculated by taking the mean result for all four parts of the test. This is calculated to the nearest whole or half band, with scores ending in .25 rounded up to the next half band and scores ending in .75 rounded up to the next whole band.
Let’s take a closer look at what each band score represents:
Band Score 9: Expert User
Achieving a band score of 9 reflects an exceptional command of the English language. It indicates fluency, accuracy, and the ability to understand and express complex ideas with ease. You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.
Band Score 8: Very Good User
A band score of 8 indicates a high level of fluency and accuracy. You can effectively understand and communicate in a wide range of contexts, with few errors. 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.
Band Score 7: Good User
Scoring a band 7 demonstrates a good command of English. You can handle most situations, and understand and convey detailed information, though occasional errors may occur. 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 Score 6: Competent User
The band denotes a competent user who may have an effective demand of the language. There might be some inaccuracies in understanding the complex language, and situations. You can handle basic communication in familiar situations but may face challenges with more complex language tasks. 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 Score 5: Modest User
Scoring a band 5 means you are a modest user of English. You have a limited ability to communicate in familiar contexts and may struggle with more unfamiliar or abstract topics. 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 field. Most universities and organizations will have a demand for a minimum 5.0 score. You cannot leave any of the sections in your IELTS. If you are facing issues in grasping spoken English or pronunciation. An individual with this score may have a partial understanding to deal with basic communication in any field.
Band Score 4: Limited User
A band score of 4 suggests a limited command of English. You can understand basic information but may struggle to express yourself or comprehend complex ideas. Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Band Score 3: Extremely Limited User
Scoring a band 3 indicates an extremely limited understanding of English. You have difficulty communicating, even in simple situations. You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication. The user may likely face multiple and frequent breakdowns while communicating or using the language. You should consider joining Neethu’s Academy if you belong to this category and upgrading yourself to gain a good score.
Band Score 2: Intermittent User
A band score of 2 reflects an intermittent understanding of English, with frequent breakdowns in communication. You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band Score 1: Non-User
Scoring a band 1 means you have minimal or no understanding of the English language. You have no ability to use the language except for a few isolated words.
Band Score 0: Did Not Attempt the Test
This band score is given when a test taker did not attempt the test or provided insufficient information to assess their English proficiency.