Results are available from IDP Education (Port
Louis) 13 days after the test date. Results are provided on a Test
- 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
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
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
Conveys and understands only general meaning
in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication
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
No assessable information provided.