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When deciding on the most appropriate IELTS scores for entry to your organisation, you should consider the following:
This will help you to set your overall IELTS band score, and individual scores for the four components - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The table below gives guidance on acceptable IELTS band score requirements for different programmes. However, it should be noted that many diverse variables can affect student performance, of which language ability is but one.
|Band Score||Linguistically demanding academic courses||Linguistically less demanding academic courses||Linguistically demanding training courses||Linguistically less demanding training courses|
|7.5 – 9||Acceptable||Acceptable||Acceptable||Acceptable|
|6.5||English study needed||Probably acceptable||Acceptable||Acceptable|
|6.0||English study needed||English study needed||Probably acceptable||Acceptable|
|5.5||English study needed||English study needed||English study needed||Probably acceptable|
The IELTS Scores Guide is an essential tool for anyone who needs to understand how IELTS scores relate to language ability, including course designers, teachers and employers. It includes:
Invite colleagues who process IELTS scores at your organisation to watch and review the IELTS Scores Guide.
Ask colleagues to complete the IELTS score-setting survey to assess whether your IELTS entry requirements are at the right level.
Appoint a team to review the outcome of the IELTS score-setting survey and make recommendations on behalf of your organisation.