In the IELTS test, your English-language skills are measured against band scores. These band scores range from a band 0 to a band 9 with each band score corresponding to a level of English-language competence. For example, a band score of 6 corresponds to a competent user who generally has effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. They can also use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations. In your IELTS results, you will get a band score for each part of the test as well as an overall band score which is an average of your band scores for Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening. Your band scores are given as whole or half band scores and are rounded up to the nearest half or whole band score. For example, if you get a 6.5 in Reading, 5 in Writing, 7 in Speaking and 6.5 in Listening, the average of these 4 scores would be 6.25. This score would be rounded up to 6.5 for your overall band score. 

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Contact the test centre where you booked your test if you need to postpone or cancel.


If you cancel or postpone your test more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration fee.


If you cancel or postpone your test within 5 weeks of your test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a serious medical reason for needing to cancel or postpone it.


If you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of your test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

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