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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