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IELTS One Skill Retake

Helping you show your full potential


To help you feel confident going into your IELTS test, we have developed IELTS One Skill Retake.

If you didn’t show your full potential on test day in one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking), IELTS One Skill Retake can help you get back on track.

You can choose to take IELTS One Skill Retake at any test centre where it is offered.

IELTS One Skill Retake is widely available worldwide. To find out if it's available in your region, please visit our IELTS booking page.

It is easy to book!

Here is the process:

  1. Original test day – take your IELTS on computer test.
    Make sure your test centre offers IELTS One Skill Retake before booking your full test.
  2. Receive results – we hope you are happy, but if not:
  3. Book IELTS One Skill Retake.
  4. Complete IELTS One Skill Retake within 60 days of your original test day.

Please see our complete list of FAQs or contact your test centre for more information.


Understanding your results

You will receive a new Test Report Form. This includes your updated IELTS One Skill Retake score as well as the results for the other three skills in the original test. You can choose whether you use your original or your new Test Report Form.


Hear what our Test Takers have to say about IELTS One Skill Retake

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IELTS One Skill Retake helps test takers and also gives you a sense of calm and assurance to know that you can retake one skill. I would recommend IELTS because it’s widely accepted, recognised worldwide and gives the chance to retake one skill.

Shazya, Australia, applying for a Visa

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I am really happy that One Skill Retake is available in India. Don’t be discouraged that your band score from one skill will let you down from being accepted in your visa or dream universities.

Raksha, applying to study in Australia

Tell me more about IELTS One Skill Retake

What is IELTS One Skill Retake?

IELTS One Skill Retake is a new way to help you reach your potential and showcase your full English language ability. With IELTS One Skill Retake, you now have the option to retake any one section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking) if you need to improve on one area (instead of retaking all four sections). We know most people get the scores they need first time, but if you feel you have not performed to your best in all areas, IELTS One Skill Retake can be that help to get you back on track. It is available for both IELTS Academic and General Training tests.


Can I take One Skill Retake?

You can take One Skill Retake if you meet all of these requirements:

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


How much does IELTS One Skill Retake cost?

Prices will vary, so please contact your local test centre for more information.


What is the maximum length of time possible between your original four skills IELTS test and IELTS One Skill Retake?

You need to book and take an IELTS One Skill Retake within 60 days of your original test.


When will I receive my IELTS One Skill Retake results?

You will receive your results within 3-5 days.


Is it available globally to everyone?

IELTS One Skill Retake is widely available in many countries. For specific availability, please check with your test centre.


Who accepts IELTS One Skill Retake?

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


What is the length and format of IELTS One Skill Retake?

You can retake any one section of the IELTS test, whether it is Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking. The format and timing of that IELTS One Skill Retake test is the same as that individual skill in a full IELTS test, only you can save time by not needing to complete the other three skills.


Can I complete a One Skill Retake multiple times?

No. You can only complete one retake for each full IELTS test.


Is IELTS One Skill Retake available for UKVI test?

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 you have any special requirements?

If you want to take IELTS One Skill Retake but are not able to take an IELTS on computer test because of a special requirement, please contact your test centre for support.


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Improving your performance

The best way to get the score you need on your test is to prepare for it. We have a range of preparation materials so that you know what to expect and can perform your best on test day.