Many people are required to have the IELTS qualification nowadays. Especially those wishing to study in the UK, Australia or Canada.
In order to get a visa for England, some nationalities require band 4, some professionals, footballers for example, from other countries, too, need band 4. Can you hold a fairly basic conversation in English without many mistakes? You’re on your way to band 5 if your writing and listening skills are very similar. Try this good intermediate level complete audio course – the Water Car – CLICK HERE. It’s not expensive and provides a complete course in 13 parts that you can take anywhere.
Do you like to experiment with your English grammar when you write but keep to fairly basic English expressions? You’re on your way to IELTS band 6 or band 6.5. How many ways can you express the same idea in English. Do you link your ideas well? Can you keep your conversations going with no problem? You could be looking at IELTS band 7.
Do you have a reading speed of 300 words a minute? Can you answer 7 out of 10 questions correctly? That makes you better than a ‘good user’ at IELTS band 7.5 .
Do you write and speak English in much the same way as your teacher? Congratulations-IELTS band 9
When you’re writing, does your teacher only find a few typical errors? Well Done. IELTS band 8 or IELTS band 8.5
Here’s how the bands break down:
|9. Expert User – native speaker level of the language.
8. Very Good User – excellent command of the language, a few mistakes only
7. Good User – handles language well, some inaccuracies, communicates adequately
6. Competent User – reasonable control of the language, difficulties with unfamiliar
5. Modest User – adequate in own area, difficulties with complex structures
4. Limited User – adequate only in familiar areas, difficulty understanding expression
3. Very Limited User – problems communicating, limited communication abilities
2. Intermittent User – many difficulties, basic information only
1. Non User – understands a few isolated words only