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IELTS Cut Off 2021: Score Band and Minimum Marks for Top Universities

Updated On - February 22 2021 by Akriti Maurya

IELTS Cutoff generally ranges from 7 to 8. IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale. Universities have a pre-determined sectional cutoff. Harvard, Stanford, MIT, California Institute of Technology and the other top-ranking universities across the world require IELTS score above 7. Read here IELTS cut off for various universities in UK, USA, Canada, etc.

How IELTS is scored?

Before starting with the detailed study of IELTS cut off, let us get a glimpse of what each IELTS band score descriptors state:
Band scoreSkill level Description 
9Expert userIt implies that the test taker has a fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8Very good userHas fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7Good userThe test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6Competent userHas an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language.
5Modest userThe test taker has a partial command over English and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4Limited userThe test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3Extremely limited userIt implies that the test taker conveys and understands the only general meaning. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2Intermittent userThe test taker's understanding of spoke and written English is almost nil
1Non-userHas no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0Did not attempt the testThe test taker did not answer the questions.

IELTS US Universities Cutoff 

US is home to universities like MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and more. IELTS score requirement for the US Universities are as follows:

Name of institutionIELTS Cut offRankings (QS)
Harvard University7.01
California Institute of Technology7.04
Princeton University7.09
Yale University7.06
University of Chicago7.09
University of Pennsylvania7.08
John Hopkins University7.024
University of California, Berkeley7.04
Columbia University7.05
Cornell University7.0 – 7.514
Northwestern University7.0 – 7.531
University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign6.575

IELTS UK Universities Cutoff 

The UK ranks second in terms of high education and is home to the famous Oxford, Cambridge. The following list will provide the IELTS requirement for the UK:

Name of InstitutionIELTS Cut offRankings (QS)
Oxford University7.0-7.54
Cambridge University7.07
Imperial College London7.09
University College London6.58
University of Edinburgh6.520
King’s College London7.033
University of Manchester6.0-7.527
University of Bristol6.049
University of Warwick6.562
London School of Economics and Political Science7.0-7.544

 IELTS Canadian Universities Cutoff

Name of InstitutionIELTS CutoffRankings (QS)
McMaster University6.5140
University of Alberta6.5113
University of Toronto6.5-7.029
University of British Columbia6.551
McGill University6.535

IELTS Australian Universities Cut Off

Name of InstitutionIELTS cutoffRankings (QS)
University of Melbourne7.038
Australian National university6.5-7.029
University of Sydney6.542
University of Queensland6.547
Monash University6.558
University of New South Wales6.543
University of Western Australia6.586
University of Adelaide6.5106

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