Sunday, August 4, 2013

IELTS Score Band

IELTS is an International English Language Testing System that tests the capability of an individual in the English language. It is conducted in the majority parts of the world and an internationally recognized test which measures the competence of an individual in four areas of English.
The IELTS Test Sections are:
1. Listening: Consists four sub- divisions
2. Reading: Consists three sub-divisions.
3. Writing: Consists of two sub-divisions or tasks.
4. Speaking: Consists of three sub-divisions.
All the four sections of the IELTS have a different format. The IELTS scores are declared independently for each of these four sections with an average score through the IELTS score band. The IELTS results are available thirteen days after the test in the Test Report Form, and they can be procured either by collection from the test centres or by mail. The IELTS scores through IELTS score band is the method of enlightening the level of competence of the test taker through averages.
The meaning of the different bands in the IELTS score band is:
9 Band (Expert User)
An individual who has outstanding understanding of the English language and who is very fluent in it also
8 Band (Very Good User)
An individual who has excellent understanding of the English language and is very fluent in it but does tend to make a few mistakes here and there
7 Band (Good User)
An individual who has a very good understanding of the English language and is mostly very fluent and sure about the language
6 Band (Competent User)
An individual who can use and understand the language and has basic competence in understanding the language
5 Band (Modest User)
An individual who can use the language and can understand it also but makes little mistakes
4 Band (Limited User)
An individual who can understand the language but is at ease with it only in known situations and is not fluent in the language.
3 Band (Extremely Limited User)
An individual who can only understand a little of the language and is sure only in known situations. Not fluent in the language
2 Band(    Intermittent User)
Does not understand the language very well and not at all fluent in the language and can communicate in singular words only.
1 Band (Non User)
An Individual is unable to use or understand the language. Individual can use few words of the language only. Proper communication is not possible.
0 Band (Did not attempt the test)
An individual who had registered for the test but either did not take it or for any reason his test does not exist to get scored

IELTS scoring:
Every section is marked singly and the scores for each of them are calculated.
The total score of every section is used to get an average score.
The averages are used to conclude the position of the individual on the IELTS score band.
The IELTS score band also has a half- band score to depict that the individual is better than the others in the same band.
Example, an individual can have a band score of 5.5 to show that though he/she is a modest user right now but he/she is very close to being a competent user.
The scores of every section along with the overall IELTS score band score is delivered to the candidate and that constitutes the IELTS score.

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