1. Overview
  2. IELTS Results
  3. Band Scores
  4. Four Skills

IELTS 9-band scale

IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). The IELTS band scale has remained consistent and has acquired currency around the world over the past three decades.

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Expert user

Test users have fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

Very good user

Test takers have fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation as well.

Good user

Test takers have operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

Competent user

Test takers have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Modest user

Test takers have a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.

Limited user

Test takers' basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.

Extremely limited user

Test takers convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

Intermittent user

Test takers have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.


Test takers have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.

Did not attempt the test

Test takers did not answer the questions.
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