Have you ever appeared in a test without knowing how the result is provided?

Isn’t it like finding a very important document from the huge bunch without knowing how it looks like.

IELTS Tests are also the same. You may know that it is marked in bands. However, many of us may not know why it is scored in bands instead of percentages or grades like traditional tests.

Each band level resonates a specific type of ability to communicate in English.

Let’s get to know today which band score’s category you currently are in and which one you want to be in! 🙂

IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). Below is the descriptive explanation of each one.

Band score 9 – Expert user:

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Band score 8 – Very good user:

The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.

Band score 7 – Good user:

The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

Band score 6 – Competent user:

The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band score 5 – Modest user:

The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.

Band score 4 – Limited user:

The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.

Band score 3 – Extremely limited user:

The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

Band score 2 – Intermittent user:

The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band score 1 – Non-user:

The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.

Let’s bear in mind not to even think of reaching below the 6 Bands category as we must always AIM HIGHER!

If you wish to know more about the Band Descriptors for IELTS Speaking & IELTS Writing Modules that decide your band score from the above, you may download from here.

Please comment below and let me know which band score you are aiming for.



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