Band Analyser: Assess your IELTS Bands yourself

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:

Writing:

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

Speaking:

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

Grammar and Vocabulary Band Descriptors
Band
Lexical Resource
Grammatical Range & Accuracy
9
Sophisticated control of lexical
features; rare minor ‘slips’ occur
Uses a wide range of structures with
full flexibility and accuracy; rare minor errors only as slips.
8
Produces 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 inappropriacies
7
Occasional 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
6
Some 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
5
Noticeable 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
reader
4
Limited 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
3
Errors may severely distort the
message
Attempts sentence forms but errors in
grammar and punctuation predominate and distort the meaning
2
Essentially no control of word
formation or spelling
Cannot use sentence forms except in
memorized phrases
1
Can only use a few isolated words
Cannot use sentence forms at all
Band Self-Analyzer
4 – 5  Band Achievers
Listening
1.       
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
Writing
1.       
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
Speaking
1.       
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
Listening
1.       
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.
Reading
1.       
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
Writing
1.       
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
Speaking
1.       
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




Listening
1.       
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
Reading
1.       
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
Writing
1.       
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
English
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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