IELTS Band Score: What really is it?

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IELTS Band Score is the average of the scores in each of the four modules-listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This tells the level of proficiency in the use of the English language.

It starts from 0 to 9 and 9 is the highest.

It determines the suitability of an applicant to get a place in a university, college or for admission in a professional body or for immigration-all in an English speaking country.

In the U.K for example, all non European Union registered nurses and midwives who wish to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) should have at least 7 without any result below 7 in each of the four modules.

Below are their descriptions.

Band 9: Expert user

Band 8: Very good user

Band 7: Good user

Band 6: Competent user

Band 5: Modest user

Band 4: Limited user

Band 3: Extremely limited user

Band 2: Intermitent user

Band 1: Non-user

Band 0: Did not attempt the test




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