Both the language tests i.e. IELTS and OET have different rating scales in order to grade the students’ language proficiency, i.e. IELTS 0-9 band score, OET –A-E grade.
Most countries accept only Expert User or Good User scores for immigration, studies or job purposes to assess proficiency in the English Language.
Here is a quick comparison of the scores:
OET Grades IELTS scores
A – Expert user 8-9
B – Good user 7- 7.5
C – Competent user 6 -6.5
D – Modest user 5-5.5
E – Limited user 4
Expert user –
It shows that the candidate has complete command over the language, fluency, appropriateness, accuracy.
For example, if any candidate scores, 9 in IELTS or ‘A’ in OET, means the candidate has fluency, accuracy and full comprehension of the language.
Good user –
If the test taker scores either 7 – 7.5 in IELTS, or ‘B’ in OET, it shows that he/ she has command over the language but with inappropriate usage occasionally.
Good users can use complex language effectively.
IELTS 6-6.5 or OET ‘C’ grade means a competent user.
A competent user has the capability to speak well, also has effective command over the language, but with inapt usage and misunderstanding.
They can use complex language as well.
Modest user –
IELTS 5-5.5 or OET ‘D’ band score shows that the candidate has partial command over the language.
Moreover, he/ she can comprehend the overall meaning without any difficulty. They can use language well, but with frequent errors.
Limited user –
IELTS 4 or OET ‘E’
A limited user is one who has basic ability to speak but not able to use the language effectively.A limited user also has difficulty in comprehension.