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IELTS One Skill Retake

Helping applicants show their full potential

To help organisations to attract the broadest range of high-quality applicants, and our test takers to achieve their global goals, we have developed IELTS One Skill Retake. IELTS One Skill Retake allows test takers to reattempt one of the four skills from each complete IELTS test: Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking.

IELTS One Skill Retake gives your applicants 60 days from the full IELTS test to meet your English language requirements without needing to retake a complete IELTS test and without compromising our gold-standard test quality.

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  • Allows organisations to offer flexibility to test takers who may not have performed at their best on the test day.

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  • Organisations can access a wider pool of applicants who meet their English language requirements.


  • Same format and task types.
  • Uses the same marking and scoring procedures.
  • Uses the same 9-band scale.


  • Same security features that organisations have known and trusted for over 30 years.
  • Tests are marked following the same strict guidelines, and post-test reviews and analytics.

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Watch this short video from our global IELTS team, to learn more about IELTS One Skill Retake and how it may be used in your organisation.

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Hear what our test takers have to say about IELTS One Skill Retake


I felt very motivated to take IELTS One Skill Retake because I was able to focus on what needs to be improved for that one skill.

Ajith, an IT professional applying to study in Canada.


I am happy that IELTS is offering One Skill Retake, because it allowed me to register as a nurse in Australia. I am very delighted that I was able to take One Skill Retake for my assessment in Australia. It helped me register as a nurse here. I was able to focus on only one test component and was able to achieve my desired score. IELTS One Skill Retake is a very good option.

Mani, applying to study in Australia

Find out more about IELTS One Skill Retake

What is IELTS One Skill Retake?

IELTS One Skill Retake improves fairness to the test taker by providing an opportunity to retake a single skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking), if the test taker feels their original performance was not representative of their language ability. It is available for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.

Why has IELTS One Skill Retake been introduced?

Currently, the only way to take a major English language proficiency test is to take it in one session, sitting a test for each skill: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking (with IELTS) or combined skills (with some other providers). IELTS One Skill Retake is the only major test providing test takers with the ability to take one section of the test again, if required, and update their overall test result.

How can a test taker be eligible for One Skill Retake?

A person is eligible for One Skill Retake if they meet all of these requirements:

  • they have completed a full test at a centre that offers IELTS One Skill Retake
  • their full test was an IELTS on computer test
  • they sit their IELTS One Skill Retake within 60 days of their full IELTS test.

Is it available globally to all test takers?

IELTS One Skill Retake is widely available in many countries. For specific availability, test takers are advised to check with their test centre.

How will organisations receive results?

Organisations that already receive IELTS results electronically will receive IELTS One Skill Retake results in the same way they receive IELTS test results now. Any organisation that has not registered for this access can receive results directly from applicants, or request electronic delivery of IELTS results.

How can registered organisations validate scores?

Registered organisations can verify all results they receive on the IELTS Results Service. Organisations can request access to this service via our online form.

How will prospective applicants know if my organisation accepts IELTS One Skill Retake?

Once your organisation opts in to accept IELTS One Skill Retake, the information will be displayed on our website. We also encourage you to notify prospective applicants of your acceptance of IELTS One Skill Retake on your website. If you receive scores electronically, test takers will be offered the opportunity to electronically share their IELTS One Skill Retake with your organisation.

How will I know whether the score is from an original IELTS test or an IELTS One Skill Retake test?

The Test Report Form will clearly state the IELTS One Skill Retake result. This will also be indicated on the IELTS Results Service. For organisations accepting electronic scores or using an API, IELTS One Skill Retake will be indicated in the "module" field of the score information.

Using original IELTS test and IELTS One Skill Retake results

Test takers may use either the Test Report Form and scores from their original four skills IELTS test or they can use the updated Test Report Form that includes the updated IELTS One Skill Retake score. The original Test Report Form will continue to exist alongside the new IELTS One Skill Retake score, and both are valid.

What does an IELTS One Skill Retake Test Report Form look like?

IELTS One Skill Retake results are reported in the same IELTS Test Report Form as any other IELTS test. The IELTS One Skill Retake Test Report Form will show the test type as IELTS One Skill Retake. It will display the retaken skill score and the original score for the other three sections of the test. The overall band score will be updated to reflect any changes in the IELTS One Skill Retake result. The retaken score will be clearly indicated with the word 'retake'. Further information about the retake will be given in the administrator comments.

Who accepts IELTS One Skill Retake?

We recommend that test takers check with their organisation directly to see if they accept IELTS One Skill Retake before booking their test.

Is IELTS One Skill Retake available for UKVI tests?

UKVI is accepting IELTS One Skill Retake for IELTS Academic and General Training tests on computer in selected locations.

When will the option for IELTS One Skill Retake for the paper based tests be available?

At present, IELTS One Skill Retake is only available on computer in selected test centres, in selected countries. We are continuing to roll IELTS One Skill Retake out to test centres in more countries.

What options are available if a test taker has any special requirements?

Test takers who want to take IELTS One Skill Retake but are not able to take an IELTS on computer test because of a special requirement should contact their test centre for support.

How long does it take to receive IELTS One Skill Retake Results?

IELTS One Skill Retake results will be received in 3-5 days.