How is IELTS scored?
IELTS provides a profile of your ability to use English. In other words your IELTS result will consist of a score in each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing,speaking) which is then averaged to give the Overall Band Score or final mark.Performance is rated in each skill on a scale of 9 to 1. The nine overall Bands and their descriptive statements are as follows:
9 Expert user: Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluentwith complete understanding.
8 Very good user: Has fully operational command of the language with only occasionalunsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur inunfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.RequirementsYou will have to talk to an examiner for about 15 minutes.The interview will be recorded. It is in 5 parts:1 Introduction— Basic introductions2 Extended discourse— You will talk at some length about general topics ofrelevance or interest which will involve explanation anddescription.
3 Elicitation— You will be given a cue card which describes a situation or problem. You must ask the examiner ques-tions to obtain information.4 Speculation and attitudes— You will be asked to talk about your plans or pro-posed course of study. You should demonstrate yourability to speculate or defend a point of view.
5 Conclusion— The interview comes to an end.Assessment criteria You will be assessed on the following criteria:• ability to communicate effectively• ability to use appropriate vocabulary and structures• ability to ask questions• ability to take initiative in a conversation• general fluency• structural accuracy• intelligibility Introdution
7 Good user: Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccura-cies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generallyhandles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user: Has generally effective command of the language despite inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user: Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in mostsituations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handlebasic communication in own field.4 Limited userBasic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems inunderstanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely limited user: Conveys and understands 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 usingisolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediateneeds. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non user: Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolatedwords.
0 Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.