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What is IELTS?


IELTS = The International English Language Test is designed to measure your English Language skill. Passing the IELTS Academic Test helps prospective students to study abroad in English Speaking Universities. Taking the IELTS General Test  helps to migrate to a country where English is the native language. In the IELTS Examination, your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed. The IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9.  

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

 

Why take the IELTS?


If you are interested in working, living or studying in an English-speaking country, then you must be able to demonstrate a high level of English language ability.

English is the third most spoken language in the world, with 379 million speakers worldwide.

Communicating in the native language of the country you wish to work or study in, has a wide range of benefits. It is also essential for job opportunities as well as integration into the community.

IELTS is the most popular test for those looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is globally recognised by more than 10,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies including 3,400 institutions in the USA.  

 

IELTS Score


IELTS is graded on a scale of 0-9. The scores from Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are averaged and this will give an overall score. Below is the overall score with explanation. This explanation will help you to understand how examiners decide what score you get and what is your proficiency level.


Band Score 

Skill Level

Description

9

Expert user

The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

8

Very Good user

The test taker has 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 well.

7

Good use

The test taker has 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.

6

Competent user

The test taker has 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.

5

Modest user

The test taker has 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.

4

Limited user

The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.

3

Extremely limited user

The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

2

intermittent user

The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

1

Non-user

The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.

0

Did not attempt the test

The test taker did not answer the questions.

What IELTS score do I need?


The higher you can score in your IELTS, reflects a better understanding and ability to communicate in English. Each immigration body, university, workplace or institution will have specific IELTS score requirements. The score you need will depend on what you are looking to do in the country, i.e work or study. It is always wise to check their websites to know  the required band before you sit for the IELTS exam. 


Checklist For IELTS Preparation 


The most common question we get from the IELTS candidates is how to prepare for The IELTS Exam. As the exam involves lots of money, time and hard work, candidates should plan ahead and have a checklist prepared before they sit for the exam. The following checklist can help the candidates to have ideas about what they need to know and do before and during the preparation of IELTS Test.

  1. First and foremost step is to understand the test format. Candidates  need to have a complete idea about the structure and pattern of the questions in each skill.

  2. Try to understand how the test is marked and on which  criterias your skill is assessed.

  3. Your next step is to surround yourself with English; for example reading English newspapers, books, watching English movies, listening to English language lessons etc.

  4. Make a study plan and set a goal to reach. If possible join a preparation course.

  5. Practice with sample questions. If needed, take tuition.

  6. Check your progress and register for the IELTS Test.