Resitting the Test

Before resitting the test...



Take a moment to consider your options before you book another test place. IELTS is a test of English language proficiency and taking the test again and again will not improve your result unless you take the time to work on the weaknesses identified in your test report form.



• Have you read about IELTS band scores and what each band score represents?

• Have you tried the practice test questions?

• Are you practising your English at home and at work/university?

• What other steps can you take to improve your English language skills?

• Were you as calm and relaxed as possible when you took the test?



If you answered “No” to any of these questions above, consider the advice provided below to help you prepare for the next time you sit the test.


Recommended preparation     


Read the Information for Candidates booklet

The official IELTS Information for Candidates booklet provides essential information about how to respond correctly to each part of the test. Download it here or get a print copy from your IELTS test centre.



Consider taking an English language course


It takes time to learn a language and the best way is to take an English course. The feedback you receive from your teacher will help you improve the specific skills involved in speaking, listening, reading and writing English.


Use your English



A proven way to improve your IELTS band score is to practise your English every day at home and at work/university. This includes speaking English with your friends, watching and listening to English language programmes, reading English publications and practising your written skills wherever possible.


Know what to expect

To familiarise yourself with the types of tasks included in an IELTS test you can take an IELTS preparation course. This will help you practise the type of tasks included in an IELTS test (e.g. Writing a short essay or letter for the Writing component) get feedback, learn from your answers to practice questions and become more confident in your test-taking skills. Your teacher may be able to advise you about your skill level and whether you are ready to re-take your test.


Ask your local IELTS test centre for more information.



During the test


Understand the IELTS scores     


Understand your IELTS band score

Practise sample questions


Complete the IELTS test sample.  

Official IELTS Practice Materials (two books available) can be obtained from your test centre or you can use the order form online.

Rest and relax

Get plenty of rest the night before your test. Also ensure you are familiar with the venue’s location before test day so that you arrive in time.




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