IELTS One Skill Retake: Is It Right For Me?

The new IELTS One Skill Retake for computer-delivered tests offers the chance for retake the Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking section of your test again. This might be a suitable option for anyone who didn't perform as well as they hoped on one skill. Find out more about whether it's right for you.

Sometimes you are very close to the IELTS score you need, but in one section of the IELTS test, you did not score as highly as you hoped. Now IELTS provides the option of re-taking the section you want to improve in the new IELTS One Skill Retake.

What is IELTS One Skill Retake?

IELTS One Skill Retake allows test takers who took an eligible computer-delivered test to retake one part of the test. You can choose ONE SKILL from:

  • Listening;
  • Reading;
  • Writing;
  • or Speaking.

Conveniently, you can retake the section as quickly as 2 days after receiving your first IELTS results. Your new IELTS results will be ready in 3-5 days.

Who accepts One Skill Retake?

Many universities and colleges globally accept IELTS results from One Skill Retake, but it is important to double-check first with the organizations you are applying to. After you get your IELTS results, you can choose whether to submit the original score you got or the new score. For permanent residence and citizenship applications, check with the relevant authority. In Canada, you can find details on the IRCC site.

When and where can I take my One Skill Retake?

You can take your One Skill Retake at any IDP IELTS test centre offering this service, even if you did not take your original test with them. It is important to know that you have 60 days after your original test to take your One Skill Retake test.

Register for your One Skill Retake by logging into your IELTS account. One Skill Retake currently costs $228. Get help booking your One Skill Retake with this step-by-step guide.

Can I also ask for my scores to be re-evaluated?

Yes, you can still ask for your original scores to be remarked. However, you can’t do both at the same time. If you also want to book a One Skill Retake, you must first wait until you get your remark scores back.

You need to request a remark within 42 days after your original test date so that you have enough time to also book a One Skill Retake before the 60-day deadline. For examples of which option is right for you, take a look at these scenarios.

What is the next step?

Consider if a One Skill Retake is right for you. Maybe you had a bad test day, or a topic was very challenging for you on your first test day. If you only need to improve one section of your test, and you feel you didn’t perform your best on test day, then a One Skill Retake may be right for you. However, if you believe that your test was not marked accurately, requesting a re-mark might be a better optionThe third option is to rebook a test after taking more time to prepare. Make sure you are using quality resources to improve your test-taking and language skills. There are many options available, but nothing compares to having a knowledgeable teacher who can help you understand where you are losing valuable marks.

Consider these different scenarios to help you decide if you need a remark, One Skill Retake, or a whole new IELTS test.

ILAC offers a full range of teacher-led preparation options to suit your budget, location, and schedule. Connect with one of our advisors to help you find the right option.

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