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IELTS Scoring
The IELTS exam tests your ability to communicate in
English. The way to higher IELTS scores is three-fold:
understand the test format
develop the primary and supporting language skills
required in the exam
implement specific strategies, techniques and
tricks to earn extra marks in the speaking and
writing sections where there is scope to receive
extra points, versus the all or no points option in the
reading and listening section.
IELTS scores are expressed in terms of bands of
language ability, with full and half band scores given
for each section. The highest score you can receive is
a Band 9, which represents Expert User. General
descriptions of other band scores are given below. For
a more detailed description of band scores, please
refer to the official IELTS website.
You receive separate scores in each of the four
modules listening, reading, writing and speaking
and a fifth score, which is your overall score. Some
institutions are only concerned with your overall score,
while others require specific scores in the separate
modules, along with a certain overall score.

Band 9 Expert User


Has full operational command of the language:
appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete
understanding.
Band 8 Very Good User
Has full operational command of the language with
only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies .
Band 7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though
with occasional inaccuracies, and misunderstandings
in some situations.
Band 6 Competent User
Has general effective command of the language
despite some inaccuracies, and misunderstandings
Band 5 Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with
overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to
make many mistakes.
Band 4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has
frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is
unable to use complex language.
Band 3 Extremently Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in
very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in
communication occur.
Band 2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most
basic information using isolated words to meet
immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding
spoken and written English.
Band 1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond
possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0
Did not attempt the exam.
The way to higher IELTS scores is two-fold:
develop the primary and supporting
language skills required in the exam
implement specific strategies and
techniques to earn extra marks in the
speaking and writing sections where
there is scope to receive extra points,
versus the all or no points option in the
reading and listening section.

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