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Band Description

Understand your IELTS Score

IELTS Results are calculated on a Band scale of 9.

The scores are represented on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest). Here is a table representing the description of each IELTS band score from 0-9.

Expert User


  • Full operational command over the English Language
  • Complete understanding of the language
  • Using the English appropriately, accurately & fluently

Very Good User


  • Full operational command over the English Language with seldom inaccuracy & inappropriate usage.
  • Misunderstand some things due to unknown situations.
  • Can handle complex argumentation

Good User


  • Operational command over the English language with some inaccuracies, improper use & misunderstanding in some situations
  • Ability to handle complex language
  • Understand detailed reasoning

Competent User


  • Effective command over the English Language with rare inaccuracies, wrong usage & some misunderstandings
  • Fair understanding & usage of English in likely situations

Modest User


  • Practical command over the English Language.
  • Understand overall meaning though you tend to make many mistakes.
  • Can handle basic communication in familiar situations

Limited User


  • Basic competency is limited to well-known situations.
  • Frequent problems in understanding & expressing the meaning.
  • Incapability to use complex language

Extremely Limited User


  • Convey & understand the general meaning in likely situations.
  • Frequent failures in communication



  • Inability to use English Language except for a few isolated words

Intermittent User


  • Great difficulty to understand as well as speak and write English Language

Did not attempt the Test


  • Did not answer any questions

Calculating Overall IELTS Band Score

Calculating Overall IELTS Band Score Scores for each module of the IELTS Test. Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing - are weighted equally. The overall band score is calculated by taking an average of the total scores of all the four modules.

When will the IELTS Test Result be available?

IELTS Results are available online 13 days after taking the Paper Based Test. If it is a Computer Based IELTS test, the results are available online within 3-5 days of taking the test. The Test Report Form is then posted to your mailing address.

How long is the IELTS Exam Score valid for?

The IELTS Score is valid for two years; with no limit on how many times you can use it whether for study, work or migration.

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