IELTS marks - How do they work?
IELTS is designed to assess English language skills. In IELTS English exams it isn't possible to pass or fail, instead it uses a band scoring system to measure your English level, with 1 being the lowest band and 9 being the highest
Your transcript will show your IELTS level for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) as well as an overall score. It is possible to get a full band score (e.g. 5.0, 6.0 or 7.0) or a half band score (e.g. 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) on each section of the exam.
How is IELTS marked?
|9||Expert||You have a complete command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the language.|
|8||Very good||You have a fully operational command of the language with occasional inaccuracies and inappropriate use of grammar and vocabulary. You may misinterpret some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex and detailed argumentation well.|
|7||Good||You have a working command of the language, albeit with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate use of grammar and vocabulary, and misunderstandings in some situations. You generally have a good command of complex language and understands detailed reasoning.|
|6||Competent||Usually your command of the language is accurante albeit some inaccuracies, inappropriate use of grammar and vocabulary and misunderstandings. You can use and understand quite complex language, especially in familiar situations.|
|5||Modest||You are partially fluent in the language and able to grasp the general meaning in most situations, although you do tend to make many mistakes. You are able to handle basic communication in your own field.|
|4||Limited||Your competence is limited to family situations. You find great difficulty in understanding and expressing yourself. You cannot use complex language.|
|3||Very limited||You convey and understand only the general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent interruptions in communication.|
|2||Intermittent||You find it very difficult to speak and understand English.|
|1||Low level||You are unable to use the language, with the exception of a few words.|