Interpretation of the IELTS scores:
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System.
The IELTS test is divided into two versions like the IELTS academic and the IELTS general test. In the interpretation of the IELTS scores, the performance of the student in the real IELTS test will be reported in two ways: the band score between 1 and 9 for each of the module and an overall band score from 1 to 9, which is the average of the scores in the 4 modules.
IELTS scores are accepted by over 10,000 organizations around the world, including business, institutions and immigration authorities. A maximum number of universities accept the IELTS score of 6 or 7. Some of the universities may demand minimum scores for each module. During the admissions, some of the institutions consider an overall band score and the bands of each module. For example, a score of 5 in listening might be unacceptable even though the overall band score is 7.
If the student achieves a band score of 6.5 for listening, 6.5 for reading, 5.0 for writing, and 7.0 for speaking, then the total score is given as 25. The overall band score is the mean of all modules ( 25/4= 6.25 ). It is rounded up to 6.5 and the overall band score is given as 6.5 in the report form.If your overall band score is an average 6.25, then your score will be increased up to 6.5.If your overall band score is an average of 7.1, then your score will be given as 7 in the report form.The overall band score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5.
Each band score represents the level of the English proficiency. For example, band 9 represents an Expert user, band 6 represents a competent user, band 1 represents non-user and band 0 represents the student didn’t attempt the test.
Band descriptors in the writing section:
Band descriptors in the writing section of the IELTS test include task achievement (TA), coherence and cohesion (CC), Lexical Resource (LR), grammatical range and accuracy (GRA).
Task Achievement (TA): it shows how the question is answered. If the ideas are logical and data is accurate and well summarized, then TA will be high.
Coherence and Cohesion (CC): it shows how the answer is structured, paragraphing, linking, ideas followed logically from one paragraph to another.
Lexical Resource (LR):It represents the range of vocabulary used by the student in the test. It includes accurate vocabulary, spelling and word formation.
Grammatical range and accuracy (GRA): if the student uses complex sentences with few errors, then the band score will be high. Punctuations including commas, full stops should be accurate to get a good score.
Band descriptors in speaking section:
In the speaking section of the IELTS test, the band descriptors are fluency and coherence, lexical resource (LR), grammatical range and accuracy (GRA), and pronunciation. The evaluation of LR and GRA is same for both the writing and speaking sections.
Fluency and coherence: it represents the length of speaking, an organization of ideas logically, fluency in English and direction of thoughts. Bad fluency represents frequent pausing and repeating sentences.
Pronunciation: the speech of the student should be clear and easy to understand. It includes word stress, sentence stress, intonation, and linking words.
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