IELTS Results

Results are available from IDP Education (Port Louis) 13 days after the test date. Results are provided on a Test Report Form.

  • Candidates receive scores on a band scale from 1 to 9.
  • Candidates receive a score for each module of the test as well as an overall score.
  • Overall band scores and each individual band score are reported in half bands.
  • There is no pass or fail mark.
  • The IELTS Handbook provides a written interpretation of results.
  • Results are valid for two years.

Each band corresponds to a descriptive statement giving a summary of candidates' level of English. Overall Band Scores can be reported in either whole or half Bands.

Meaning of results

The nine bands and their descriptive statements are as follows:

9 - Expert User

Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

8 - Very Good User

Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

7 - Good User

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

6 - Competent User

Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

5 - Modest User

Has partial 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 own field.

4 - Limited User

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

3 - Extremely Limited User

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

2 - Intermittent User

No real communication 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.

1 - Non User

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

0 - Did not attempt the test

No assessable information provided.


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