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In the IELTS test there is no pass or fail mark as a result. All candidates are graded on their performance, using scores on a scale from 1 to 9 for each of the four modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The four individual scores are averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score. Each band score corresponds to a descriptive statement giving a summary of the English language skill of a candidate classified at that level.

The scores can be reported in either whole or half bands (e.g. 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0).

The table below shows the nine Bands and their descriptive statements:

9Expert userHas fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8Very good userHas fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7Good userHas operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6Competent userHas generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5Modest userHas partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4Limited userBasic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3Extremely limited userConveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2Intermittent userNo 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.
1Non userEssentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0Did not attempt the testNo assessable information provided.

(Source: www.ielts.org/about-the-test/how-ielts-is-scored

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Your IELTS results are available 13 days after taking the test and you will receive them on a Test Report Form. It contains an individual band score for each of the four modules as well as the Overall Band Score.

In general, universities request a minimum total score of 6.5 for entrance to academic courses. Top programs requires at least 7.5 score. Minimum IELTS score of 5.0 is required for under-graduate programs.

Different institutions have their own entrance requirements and may require minimum scores for each of the four modules. You should check the score required by the university, to which you are applying.

IELTS scores are valid for two years and if you donít get required score to get admission, you can retake the exam.

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