The Band Score
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Rather, all test results are reported on a clear 9-band scale (from 1, the lowest, to 9, the highest). The scale has remained consistent and acquired currency around the world over the past three decades. Candidates receive an overall band score as well as individual scores for each test component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
IELTS 9-Band Scale
The IELTS test provides an accurate picture of a candidate’s language skills at a certain point in time. Language ability diminishes over time if not actively maintained.