When you do the IELTS test you will be given a Band score 1-9. Below is the outline of what level of English represents each band score.
|Band Score||Skill Level||Description|
|Band 9||Expert user||Has full command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding. Virtually a native speaker.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Advanced|
|Band 8||Very good user||Has full command of the language with only occasional inaccuracies and/or inappropriate errors. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentative English well.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Advanced|
|Band 7||Good user||Has operational command of the English language, though with some occasional inaccuracies and/or misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Upper Intermediate|
|Band 6||Competent user||Has generally effective command of the English language despite some inaccuracies, errors and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Upper Intermediate|
|Band 5||Modest user||Has only some command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in their own field of interest.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Intermediate|
|Band 4||Limited user||Basic ability is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Pre Intermediate|
|Band 3||Extremely limited user||Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Elementary 4|
|Band 2||Intermittent user||No real communication in English is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Elementary 2|
|Band 1||Non-user||essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Elementary 1|
|Band 0||Did not attempt the test||No assessable information provided.ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE LEVEL: Standard English|
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