IELTS One Skill Retake available in Australia

IDP Education
10 February 2023

"I was ecstatic when my friend told me about IELTS One Skill Retake... I am very lucky to be one of the pioneering people to have this opportunity. One Skill Retake is a game-changer,” – Melbourne-based, One Skill Retake test taker.

Test takers of the world’s most popular high-stakes language test, IELTS, can now access a new feature to help boost the score they need to achieve their global learning and career goals.

Already available in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and coming to Sydney and Brisbane in March, IELTS One Skill Retake enables test takers to retake one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking) if they did not achieve the score they aimed for the first time around.

Warwick Freeland, Managing Director – IELTS, IDP Education, said IELTS One Skill Retake had been introduced after listening to test taker feedback.

“With the right preparation and support, most of our test takers achieve their best score the first time around,” Mr Freeland said.

“However, we listened to our test takers and they told us they wanted the opportunity to retake one skill of the test if they didn’t get the score they were aspiring to on test day. With IELTS One Skill Retake, test takers can get a second shot at achieving their study, migration or work goals,” he said.

Test takers who took part in the first One Skill Retake test praised the new option. "I was ecstatic when my friend told me about IELTS One Skill Retake... I am very lucky to be one of the pioneering people to have this opportunity. One Skill Retake is a game-changer,” commented a Melbourne-based test taker.

Test takers who choose an IELTS One Skill Retake will receive a second Test Report that can be used for migration and study purposes by the Australian Department of Home Affairs for certain visa subclasses. Depending on their score, test takers can choose whether they would like to use their old or new Test Report for the skill they retook.

Mr Freeland said this new option demonstrates IELTS’ commitment to helping customers achieve their best scores and to supporting organisations to attract the right candidates.

“IELTS One Skill Retake improves fairness by providing an opportunity to retake a single skill if the test taker feels their original performance was not representative of their language proficiency level,” he said.

“Organisations that accept the IELTS One Skill Retake can offer their candidates the flexibility to achieve entry requirements without compromising on applicant quality.

“We are proud of this initiative that reinforces our commitment to helping test takers achieve their full potential,” he said.  

IELTS One Skill Retake is now available in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and will be introduced in Sydney and Brisbane next month. For more information, please visit the IELTS One Skill Retake page.

Test takers are also encouraged to visit the Department of Home Affairs website to understand which visa subclasses accept IELTS One Skill Retake.


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. This includes countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.

Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council; IDP IELTS; and Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

About IDP

IDP is a leader in global education services. As an Australian Securities Exchange-listed company, we have operations in 57 countries and our websites attract 100 million visits a year.

We specialise in combining human expertise with our leading digital platform to help people get accepted into their ideal course, take an English language test or learn English in our schools.

Our teams are side by side with our customers every day, at every step from course search to starting their dream course or career. Our data insights are relied upon by organisations around the world to help ensure decisions are informed by the diverse needs, challenges and motivations of students.

Most of all, we are proud of our people. It is our trusted people and processes which help our customers turn their study or English goals into a launchpad for their career.

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