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The IELTS One Skill Retake gives you the opportunity to improve your overall band score by retaking one section of the IELTS test. To help you decide whether the IELTS One Skill Retake is right for you, we asked three global test takers about their experience! Hear how the test helped them achieve their desired score.

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IELTS One Skill Retake: Meyliani and Mani
  • Meyliani from Indonesia

  • Manpreet from India

  • Shazya from Singapore

Why did you choose to take the IELTS One Skill Retake?


I chose to take the IELTS One Skill Retake because I could focus on one skill to improve my overall IELTS score.

Ahpra accepts IELTS One Skill Retake so I felt the test was a great offering from IELTS compared to all other English tests in the market. I was happy that I chose IELTS as it gave me a second opportunity to get the score I needed.

I was able to improve my Reading band score from 6.5 to 8. With my results, I applied for my nursing registration and am glad to say that I will be working as a nurse in Australia very soon.


I took the IELTS test to further my studies in Canada.

Initially, I didn’t know about the IELTS One Skill Retake test but when I found out about it, I was so relieved to know that I didn’t have to redo all four components. It saved me money and time, allowing me to just focus on my weaknesses.

I retook my Speaking Test as I felt I didn’t give my best the first time. I looked at the score interpretation from my first test and worked on the areas I needed to improve on. My preferred learning methods include watching videos, speaking often to my friends who are native English speakers, following tips provided by IELTS experts and recording myself speaking. Thanks to the IELTS One Skill Retake, I was able to boost my Speaking band score from 5.5 to 6.5.


IELTS One Skill Retake allowed me to get extra points for permanent residency, improving my chances of getting an invitation to apply for a visa!

Who accepts IELTS One Skill Retake

Did you find it easy to book your IELTS One Skill Retake?

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I found it very easy to book the IELTS One Skill Retake. The IDP testing centre in Perth had the option available and I was able to book it from my home computer. The process was very easy.


I can definitely say that booking the IELTS One Skill Retake is very convenient. All the booking information and available test schedules are online, and you can organise your test directly from the website.

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How did you study for the IELTS One Skill Retake?


I used the IELTS online study materials to prepare. The online study materials are very helpful for understanding the test format and the types of questions that you will be asked. It was very helpful to go back over the section that I was retaking and I would recommend this to any future global test takers. I found it easier to concentrate on one section instead of four, and this helped me achieve my desired result. 


I had slightly different study habits in my approach to the IELTS and the IELTS One Skill Retake. When I took the IELTS I used a variety of study materials, including those provided by IELTS. I believe that IELTS study materials are helpful thanks to their credible IELTS experts and the different types of preparation material available.

I also believe that everyone should understand their own preferred learning method and use the kind of study they like best along with the IELTS study materials. 

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Did you have any concerns about the IELTS One Skill Retake?


I was a little worried about whether or not I would get good scores for my IELTS One Skill Retake. I’m so delighted that I took this opportunity though because it helped me get the band scores I wanted.


I was worried I could not get the score that I needed but when I found out about IELTS One Skill Retake I was happy that it gave me another opportunity.

The information available on the website showed me that the IELTS One Skill Retake uses the same testing procedure as the regular IELTS, so I was already familiar with the process. I also received a reminder and preparation tips in an email before the test which helped to put my mind at ease.

"I am glad that IELTS is recognised by many organisations globally. It allowed me to confidently apply to many universities with my IELTS One Skill Retake results."Meyliani, IELTS global test taker

What advice would you give to someone taking the IELTS One Skill Retake?


I would suggest to other global test takers that if they did not achieve their desired band scores in the regular IELTS, they should not lose hope.

The IELTS One Skill Retake is a great opportunity to take one section again and improve. I would recommend that they practice more in the lead-up to their test so they can get a higher band score.


My advice to anyone taking the IELTS One Skill Retake would be to understand what their target score is, get clarity on what their weaknesses are, and review the band score criteria.

The criteria for your desired band will tell you what skills you need to demonstrate in the test. By reviewing the band score criteria, test takers can give themselves achievable learning pathways to focus on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

Are you happy about your future?


Yes! Nursing is a good profession and from the start, I have been interested in exploring a career in the healthcare sector. I worked in aged care and have always wanted to help people. It was my dream to make my way to Australia. I took the opportunity to study here and now that I have completed my studies, soon I will start working here as a Registered Nurse.


Of course! It's a very exciting time for me. Happy for a new start, next year in Canada, to pursue my professional career goals. I hope this experience will also help me improve my English skills. After taking the IELTS test, I know which areas of English I need to improve on.

"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 global test taker.  

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Would you recommend IELTS?


I think the One Skill Retake is a very good idea. I’m happy that IELTS is providing this as other English tests do not have the same option. Global test takers can save time and money by taking the One Skill Retake instead of a whole new test, and their results are easy to receive.


I will be recommending the IELTS and One Skill Retake to my friends because there are still a lot of people who are not aware of this opportunity. If they choose this option, my friends can focus on their weaknesses and achieve higher overall IELTS scores.


I would recommend the IELTS One Skill Retake because it is widely accepted, and recognised worldwide and gives global test takers the chance to retake only one skill.

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