What is IELTS?
IELTS is the most basic and mandatory criteria for all the students who are seeking admissions in universities and colleges in an English speaking country. So in this article, we will explain what is IELTS.
One of the many tests which is accepted for this reason is IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
It’s one of the best platforms where one can showcase one English ability as it judges a person’s ability in the four main skills namely Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading. Reading and Writing sections of the tests have two different versions General and Academic Training Modules.
Academic Module: This is taken by the students who aspire to go for Further studies in an English speaking Country.
General Module: This is for the people who want to take up permanent residence in an English speaking Country.
In order to achieve the best possible result, IELTS like other tests helps you to learn and unlearn different skills that can be Practised.
IELTS Writing marking schemes
The two writing questions are marked out of 9 according to the following
- Task Achievement
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy
IELTS Speaking marking schemes
The speaking test is also marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:
Fluency and coherence
- Lexical resource
- Grammatical range and accuracy
The IELTS 9-band scale
You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces your overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.
|Band 9||Expert user||You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of
English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete
|Band 8||Very good user||You have a fully operational command of the language with only
occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You
may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle
complex detailed argumentation well.
|Band 7||Good user||You have an operational command of the language, though with
occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and
misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle
complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
|Band 6||Competent user||Generally you have an effective command of the language despite
some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings.
You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in
|Band 5||Modest user||You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall
meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many
mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your
|Band 4||Limited user||Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You
frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
|Band 3||Extremely limited user||You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar
situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
|Band 2||Intermittent user||You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Band 1||Non-user||You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.|
|Band 0||Did not attempt the test||You did not answer the questions.|