IELTS Band Score Descriptors

The IELTS Band Score Descriptors below explain each band score for the IELTS test to help you understanding your IELTS score.

IELTS Band Score Descriptors 

The Descriptors below explain each IELTS Band Score from BAND 9 to Band 0.

IELTS  BAND 9: EXPERT USER 

The candidate has a fully operational command of the language. In other words, the language is appropriate, accurate, and fluent and accompanied by complete understanding.

IELTS  BAND 8: VERY GOOD USER 

The candidate has an operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies. Misunderstandings do occur in unfamiliar situations. The candidate is able to handle complex, detailed argumentation as well.

IELTS  BAND 7: GOOD USER 

The candidate has an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies, and misunderstandings in some situations. The candidate generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

IELTS  BAND 6: COMPETENT USER 

The candidate has a generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies, and misunderstandings. The candidate is able to use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

IELTS  BAND 5: MODEST USER 

The candidate has a partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though he or she is likely to make many mistakes. The candidate should be able to handle basic communication in his or her own field.

IELTS  BAND 4: LIMITED USER 

The candidate has a basic competence that is limited to familiar situations. He or she has frequent problems in understanding and expression. The candidate is not able to use complex language.

IELTS BAND 3: EXTREMELY LIMITED USER 

The candidate is able to convey and understand only general meanings in very familiar situations, but frequent breakdowns in communication will occur.

IELTS  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. The candidate has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

IELTS  BAND 1:NONUSER

The candidate essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

IELTS  BAND 0:

The candidate did not attempt the test, and no assessable information was provided.

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