What is IELTS?

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
criteria:

  • 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
  • Pronunciation

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.

 

BandscoreSkill LevelDescription
Band 9Expert userYou have a full operational command of the language. Your use of
English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete
understanding.
Band 8Very good userYou 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 7Good userYou 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 6Competent userGenerally 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
familiar situations.
Band 5Modest userYou 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
own field.
Band 4Limited userYour basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You
frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Band 3Extremely limited userYou convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar
situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Band 2Intermittent userYou have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1Non-userYou have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Band 0Did not attempt the testYou did not answer the questions.

 

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