Band Analyzer: Assess your IELTS Bands yourself

IELTS band_analyser

All grammar for IELTS is important, but there are some specific things that are directly related to IELTS. The explanations and exercises will highlight these so you can see how they are relevant. There is no actual grammar test section in the IELTS test, but you are still graded on this by the examiner in the speaking test and writing test. These are specifically what you are graded on in each test:


1. Task Achievement / Response
2. Coherence and Cohesion
3. Lexical Resource
4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy


1. Fluency and coherence
2. Lexical Resource
3. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
4. Pronunciation

Grammar and Vocabulary Band Descriptors

BandLexical ResourceGrammatical Range & Accuracy
9Sophisticated control of lexical features; rare minor ‘slips’ occurUses a wide range of structures with
full flexibility and accuracy; rare minor errors only as slips.
8Produces rare errors in spelling
and / or word formation
Uses a wide range of structures The majority of sentences are
error-free Makes only very occasional errors or inappropriateness
7Occasional errors in word choice,
spelling, and / or word formation
Uses a variety of complex structures Produces frequent error-free sentences Has good control of grammar and punctuation
but may make a few errors
6Some errors in spelling and / or
word formation, but they do not impede communication
Uses a mix of simple and complex
sentence forms Makes some errors in grammar and
punctuation but they rarely reduce communication
5Noticeable errors in spelling and
/ or word formation that may cause some difficulty for the reader
Uses only a limited range of structures Attempts complex sentences but these
tend to be less accurate than simple sentences May make frequent grammatical errors
and punctuation may be faulty; errors can cause some difficulty for the
4Limited control of word formation
and / or spelling; errors may cause strain for the reader
Uses only a very limited range of
structures with only rare use of subordinate clauses Some structures are accurate but errors
predominate, and punctuation is often faulty
3Errors may severely distort the
Attempts sentence forms but errors in
grammar and punctuation predominate and distort the meaning
2Essentially no control of word
formation or spelling
Cannot use sentence forms except in
memorized phrases
1Can only use a few isolated wordsCannot use sentence forms at all

Band Self-Analyzer

4 – 5  Band Achievers
      Listening1. Listen to individual words.
2. Fail to understand the overall meaning.
3. Don’t predict information and analyze.
4. proceed impatiently if they don’t find answers.
5. Cannot find hidden meanings
    Reading  1. Start reading the passage
2. Waste time in finding information
3. Don’t answer appropriately
4. Try to understand difficult words
5. Start assuming answers
      Writing1. Don’t make proper planning
2. Don’t focus main aspects of the graph
3. Don’t understand the essay question and start writing
4. Uses basic vocabulary repeatedly
5. Make frequent grammatical errors
  Speaking1. Behave nervously
2. Don’t answer the question in detail
3. Make pronunciation errors
4. Provide irrelevant answers
5. Don’t organize the topic
5 – 6  Band Achievers
      Listening1. Can focus individual and overall meaning
2. Predict and find information correctly
3. Focus the tone and stress  patterns of the speaker
4. Predict the situations and speakers
5. Can understand dialogues, discussions but not monologues.
    Reading1. Skim and Scan the text but don’t read it.
2. Read questions first to get the answers.
3. Don’t use exact words in gaps.
4. Cannot understand opinions well.
5. Cannot follow summary questions
    Writing1. Uses limited range of vocabulary
2. Can Sufficiently use vocabulary but repeatedly.
3. Cannot organize, compare and contrast data well.
4. Cannot develop arguments well.
5. Cannot properly justify opinions
    Speaking1. Frequent pronunciation pitfalls
2. Cannot control intonation well.
3. Frequent off-topics 4. Hesitation and lack of fillers
5. Cannot conduct discussions well.
7 +  Band Achievers
Listening1. Have full understanding of all situations.
2. Can understand hidden meanings
3. Can understand various accents
4. Know surface and deep meaning
5. Follow speakers’ arguments
      Reading1. Understand text formats well.
2. Can Follow, accept and reject the writer’s opinion confidently
3. Use exact words and check spelling
4. Can predict information correctly
5. Quickly scan and find answers
    Writing1. Wide range of vocabulary to communicate precise meanings
2. Full sense of text organization and argument development
3. Understanding of key graph points and skill to compare and contrast
4. Operational command to use language to express opinions
5. Practical use of grammar, Coherence, cohesion and unity
      Speaking    1. Variety of spoken expressions and collocations
2. Operational command over pronunciation, stress patters and intonation of
3. Understand of organization of speaking and discourse makers
4. Practical use of tenses in narrative and descriptions
5. Understanding of literary devices

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