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IELTS Stands for “International English Language Testing System”. It’s an English language proficiency test. It is handled jointly by the ESOL Exams of the University of Cambridge, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia. The IELTS is available in two versions: The Academic Edition and The General Edition.

The academic edition is intended for those who wish to enroll in colleges and other higher education institutions and for practitioners who wish to research or work, such as medical professionals and nurses.

The General Training Edition is meant for those intending to undergo, for immigration reasons, non-academic training or jobs.

Nearly all Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and more than 1800 U.S. research institutions accept IELTS. It is the only suitable English exam approved by the UK and Canada for immigration to Australia.

Four components are part of the IELTS test: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. For the individual modules and the total assessments, scores are recorded in “bands.” The Reading and Writing Modules vary depending on whether the applicant is taking the Academic or General Preparation Variations of the Exam, although all candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules.

IELTS Band Scores

IELTS is scored on the nice band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. The band Scores are in either whole or half Bands.

The nine bands are described as follows:

  • 9 Expert User: Has full command of the language: appropriate, accurate, and fluent with complete understanding. It is very hard to attain this score.
  • 8 Very Good User: Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and in appropriacies. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
  • 7 Good User: Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness, and misunderstandings in some situations. It generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
  • 6 Competent User: Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriateness, and misunderstandings. I can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in a familiar situation.
  • 5 Modest User: Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. The candidate should be able to handle communications in his or her own field.
  • 4 Limited User: Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in using complex language.
  • 3 Extremely Limited User: Conveys and understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
  • 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. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
  • 1 Non-User: Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
  • 0 Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.
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