Below you will find frequently asked questions and answers for the IELTS One Skill Retake.

What is IELTS One Skill Retake?

IELTS One Skill Retake is a new feature that allows you to improve your original IELTS test score without repeating the full test. You can, instead, retake one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking) and show your true potential. 

IELTS One Skill Retake is available to students who have taken full IELTS Academic or General Training tests on computer.

How much does IELTS One Skill Retake cost?

The cost of IELTS One Skill Retake may vary depending on your location. Please get in touch with your local test centre for further information.

Where is the One Skill Retake available and who is eligible for it?

The One Skill Retake will be available worldwide in selected British Council test locations from late 2023. 

To be eligible for the One Skill Retake, you must have recently completed a full IELTS on computer test and have received your results from a test centre that offers One Skill Retake.

How often can I complete the IELTS One Skill Retake?

You can only complete the One Skill Retake once per full IELTS test.

When must I complete the IELTS One Skill Retake?

You must sit the One Skill Retake within 60 days from your original test date.

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

You can retake any one section of the IELTS test, whether it’s 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 normal IELTS test, only you can save time by not needing to complete the other three skills.

How will I receive my results?

You will receive a new IELTS Test Report Form containing your One Skill Retake score. It also includes the scores from your original test and an overall CEFR score. You can then decide whether to use your new or old score.

How do I know if an organisation accepts IELTS One Skill Retake?

Check the organisation's website to which you are applying, or go to to view those organisations accepting IELTS One Skill Retake.

Is IELTS One Skill Retake available for the 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. In future, we expect to make IELTS One Skill Retake available to those who have taken the paper based test, and we will let test takers know when this option is made available.