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WHICH TEST DO I NEED TO LIVE, STUDY OR
WORK IN THE UK?
You should take IELTS if:
You are applying for a UK Tier 4 student visa to study for an
undergraduate or postgraduate degree
You are applying for UK professional registration (for example
as a dentist, doctor or nurse)
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You should take IELTS for UKVI if:
You are making a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application
You are applying for a UK family visa or settlement
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The Academic and General Training
papers are graded to the same
scale. You will be given a score from
1 to 9 for each part of the test –
Listening, Reading, Writing and
Speaking. The average produces
your overall band score. You can
score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or
half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in
each part of the test.
Your overall band score
Your overall band score is
calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components (Listening,
Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally
weighted. Your overall band score is rounded to the nearest whole or half band.
If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for
Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5. Total score of
25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5.
If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for
Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0. Total score of
15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.
IELTS Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certificated
examiners, all of whom are qualified and experienced English language specialists.
The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and
detailed quality control procedures.
All applicants for the post of examiner must have the qualifications and experience
outlined above. Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview. The applicant’s
professional attributes and interpersonal skills are assessed at three stages in the
recruitment process: application form, interview and training.
Following an interview, successful applicants complete an induction process.
Applicants who successfully complete induction proceed to training in Writing and
Speaking assessment, which is carried out by an examiner trainer and lasts four
Applicants then complete a certification set to demonstrate that they can apply the
assessment criteria accurately and reliably. If successful, they become qualified
Examiners are monitored by examiner trainers up to four times a year and at least
once every two years. New examiners (and those who have not recently worked as
IELTS examiners) are monitored at least three times in their first year. All examiners
receive written feedback on their ratings and also on the delivery of the Speaking
test. They may be required to take corrective action if any issues are raised about
6. Standardisation and re-certification
Standardisation is completed at the centre and takes place as close as possible to
the 2-yearly re-certification of the examiner. After the standardisation session, the
examiners then complete a new certification set to demonstrate they can apply the
assessment criteria accurately.