Learn more about IELTS and studying in the UK.
IELTS is a test of English language proficiency and one of the world’s most popular and respected forms of English in education and migration.
Intended for non-native speakers who are looking to study or work in an English-speaking environment, IELTS training is an internationally recognised system for testing English language ability in four categories:
SI-UK offers part-time IELTS preparation classes in London, by Oxford Street. Our dedicated IELTS training courses are ideal for international students wishing to improve their IELTS score for entry to a UK university, for employment or immigration.
At the Virtual London UK University Fair you can speak to our English teachers directly to learn about entry requirements, as well as sign up for a practice test to assess your current IELTS level.
There are two different types of IELTS test and once graded your IELTS score is valid for two years.
Students will be given a score of 1-9 for each part of the test. Your average score produces an overall IELTS band score, and you can be graded on whole or half points.
|Band 9||Expert user||Fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.|
|Band 8||Very good user||Fully operational command of the language with only occasional inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Band 7||Good user||Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.|
|Band 6||Competent user||Generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Band 5||Modest user||Partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.|
|Band 4||Limited user||Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.|
|Band 3||Extremely limited user||Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.|
|Band 2||Intermittent user||No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Band 1||Non-user||Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.|
|Band 0||Did not attempt the test||No assessable information provided. Did not take the test.|
If you are interested in studying IELTS preparation classes or learning more about UK entry requirements, register online for free entry to the upcoming UK University Fair London.