The International English Language Test System Band Score – one of the requirements for you to
pursue your dreams of studying, working, and living in abroad. Understanding what they mean and how
they you actually got the band score is important in your preparation for the IELTS.
In order to get your IELTS band score average, some computation is in order. For the Listening and
Reading subtest, the methods are quite straight forward. Your raw score is directly converted to a band
score. For Writing and Speaking, it is a bit more complicated. For Writing, your work is judged through
four components: Task Achievement or Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Grammatical Range and
Accuracy, and Lexical Resource. Each component gives you a fourth of your band score. The same
method is employed in computing your Speaking Exam score, except the components here are Fluency
and Coherence and Pronunciation. Grammatical Range and Accuracy as well as Lexical Resource are also
considered in the Speaking Exam.
Here is a trivia: did you know that your IELTS band score has corresponding descriptions, and that these
descriptions are related to your language proficiency?
Here are the descriptions:
Band 9. A band 9 is what you get if you have perfected your reading or listening examination. A band 9 is
considered to have native-level fluency in English and can completely comprehend the materials
presented in the IELTS. Someone who gets a Band 9 is considered an Expert User of the language.
Band 8. A test-take who receives a band 8 in his or her IELTS is considered a Very Good User. He or she
has full operational command with only occasional inaccuracies.
Band 7. This is the most common requirement in the most competitive schools, workplaces, and even
migration and consultancy agencies. Reaching the band 7 score and being assessed by the IELTS as a
Good User of English is equivalent to receiving a score that can get you a lot of opportunities. Band 7
means having operational command of the language with only occasional inaccuracies.
Band 6. Having a band 6 means you are a Competent User of the language. Essentially this means you
have an effective command, with inaccuracies. A band 6 is usually asked from migrants and students.
Band 5. Band 5 is, on average, the lowest possible band score required in many countries. A Modest
User of the language means having partial command and many mistakes in expression and
Band 4. Someone with an IELTS Band 4 is a Limited User of the language, with frequent problems in
expression and comprehension.
Band 3. Being an Extremely Limited User of the language means only having a general understanding of
what he or she is reading, or listening.
Band 2. This score is equivalent to being an Intermittent User of English. This person only has basic
understanding of the language and experiences great difficulty of comprehension.
Band 1. Essentially, this band score means the test-taker is a non-user of the language.
Indeed, your score in the IELTS examination reflects your abilities to use the language quite clearly, so
always try and aim for that Expert User status.
Article Source: JROOZ Review Center – IELTS Training Center in the Philippines