IELTS One Skill Retake FAQs

What is IELTS One Skill Retake?  

The IELTS One Skill Retake improves fairness to the test taker by providing an opportunity to retake a single skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking), if the test taker feels their original performance was not representative of their language ability. It will be available for both IELTS Academic and 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). With One Skill Retake, IELTS will be the only major test providing test takers the ability to take one section of the test again, if required, and update their overall test result.  

Is it available globally to all test takers? 

IELTS One Skill Retake is currently available at selected IELTS test centres in Australia and will continue to roll out globally during 2023.

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 their applicants, or request electronic delivery of IELTS results.

How can Registered Organisations validate scores?

Educational institutions and organisations that a test taker has nominated will receive their electronic IELTS One Skill Retake Test Report Form, and should use the IELTS Results Service to verify the scores.

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

Once your organisation opts in to accepting IELTS One Skill Retake, that information will be clearly displayed on We also encourage you to notify prospective applicants of your acceptance of IELTS One Skill Retake on your website as well. 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?

The TRF will clearly state the IELTS One Skill Retake result. This will also be indicated on the IELTS Results Service Verification portal.

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 skill 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 a 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 retaken score will be clearly indicated with the word 'retake'. Further information about the retake will be given in the administrator comments.