IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Results

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. You are graded on your performance in the test, using scores from 1-9 for each part of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Your results from the four parts then produce an overall score.

The unique 9-band scoring system measures performance in a consistent manner, wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognised and understood.


The IELTS 9-band scale

Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the overall band score can be reported in whole and half bands, e.g. 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.

BAND

Description

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

Elementary

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.

Band 0: Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided.

A half band score indicates a strong performance at a particular band level. For example, if you score an overall band score of 6.5, you have performed strongly within the Band 6 level.

For more information, download the Information for Candidates booklet.

How can institutions verify my results?

IELTS Test Report Form Verification Service for institutions

Employers, universities or other organisations can check your results for themselves by registering with our Test Report Form Verification Service.