IELTS - Scores

If you're planning to go abroad, for higher studies, to undertake professional experience or some non-academic training, to emigrate to English speaking countries, then IELTS ( International English Language Testing System), the test of real English communicative ability, will ensure that you have the right level of English for your needs.

Marking is rigorous in IELTS, but there is no concept of fail or pass in examination result. The universities, embassies or receiving institutions may tell you the band score they require. Take a quick look about -

Understanding your Score


IELTS sends the score report form after 13th day after you appeared for the test.  It is advisable to keep your score report form safe as you will receive only one copy.

Validity of your IELTS Test Scores :Test report forms are valid for a recommended period of two years.

Test report form includes:
  • Your Overall Band Score, on a scale from 1 to 9
  • Your score, on a band scale from 1 to 9, for each module.
  • Whether you have completed the academic or general training module
  • Your  photo, details of your nationality, first language and birth date.
  • You can have copies of your test report form automatically sent to the  five institutions free of charge. Additional test report form copies will be available for a small amount.
Online results/SMS alerts: Some test centres provide SMS alerts and results online services. For the same you can also contact your local test centre.

Understanding your Score

There is no concept of  pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are marked on the basis of their  performance in the test, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The cumulative score  of all the four modules  produces an overall band score.

Internationally recognized and understood, the unique 9-band system is a reliable method immaterial of the fact  – wherever and whenever the test is taken.

The IELTS 9-band scale
: Each band corresponds to a level of English ability. All parts of the test and the overall band score can be reported in whole and half bands (For example 5.5, 7.0, 4.5, 8.0).
Band IELTS Score scale
 9  Expert user.
 8  Very good user
7  Good user
 6  Competent user
5  Modest user
 4  Limited user
3   Extremely limited user
 2  Intermittent user
 1  Non-user:
 0   Did not attempt the test:
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