For getting admission into the universities / Institutes / Colleges of UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, no doubt, a good IELTS score is mandatory. Apart from a good IELTS score most of the Universities in the abovementioned countries also expect a good GPA (Grade Point Average) from the students from their past education.
- Candidates will receive a separate Band Score for each section and hence four Band Scores are given. The Band scores, one for each section are added together and an average is taken for an Overall Band Score.
- Each Band has a statement giving a summary of the English at that level.
- There are nine Band levels, from one (non-user) to nine (expert user).
Band 9 - Expert User: Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8 - Very Good User: Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7 - Good User: Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Band 6 - Competent User: Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5 - Modest User: Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
Band 4 - Limited User: Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3 - Extremely 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 or short formulae in familiar situations and 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.
- The minimum score accepted for a course ranges from 5.0 to 7.5, depending upon courses and institutes you are applying to. The most common requirement is a band score of 6 to 6.5.
- Overall IELTS band scores and Listening and Reading IELTS band scores are reported in half bands. Writing and Speaking band scores are reported in whole bands. This feature helps the Universities in following their guidelines at the time of admission.
- Test Reports have a validity of two years.
- Candidates can retake the test if they do not achieve the desired score but not before three months from the first test date.