|Band 9||Expert user||You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.|
|Band 8||Very good user||You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Band 7||Good user||You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.|
|Band 6||Competent user||Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Band 5||Modest user||You have a partial command of the language and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.|
|Band 4||Limited user||Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.|
|Band 3||Extremely limited user||You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.|
|Band 2||Intermittent user||You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Band 1||Non-user||You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.|
|Band 0||Did not attempt IELTS||You did not answer the questions.|
There are no IELTS Test dates or specific IELTS eligibility criteria as such. But considering it is an English proficiency test, it is usually taken by applicants who wish to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate abroad. The English proficiency test is recognized all over the globe, with over 9,000 organisations , including educational institutions, employers, immigration authorities, government and professional bodies.
IELTS takers receive their IELTS score card within 13 days of the test date. Official IELTS test centres can send Test Report Forms directly to your organisation or institution (provided it has been nominated), either by mail or as an electronic download. IELTS scores are valid for two years. However, the acceptance of the IELTS scores depends on the selection procedure of the institute the candidate is applying to. One can apply for an enquiry on results procedure within 6-weeks of the IELTS test date. The enquiry fee is fully refunded if band score changes.