In an announcement, the British Council has introduced a revolutionary feature for IELTS examinees seeking score improvement without the necessity of a complete retest.
Termed ‘One Skill Retake,’ this innovative feature allows candidates to reattempt a single section of the IELTS test—whether listening, reading, writing, or speaking—while maintaining the familiar format and timing of the original section, as reported by a national daily.
In addition to highlighting this development, Andrew Mackenzie, the Director of IELTS at the British Council, clarified that this advancement reflects the organization’s dedication to its clients. He emphasized the belief that, with sufficient preparation and support, test takers can attain their optimal scores on the test day. Mackenzie added that ‘One Skill Retake’ empowers candidates to revisit a specific skill if they feel their initial performance did not accurately showcase their English proficiency, thus promoting fairness.
Furthermore, organizations accepting IELTS scores with the ‘One Skill Retake’ option can offer candidates flexibility to meet entry requirements while upholding high standards. This initiative underscores the commitment of IELTS partners to aid test takers in realizing their full potential.
In a related development, Maarya Rehman, Deputy Director of the British Council in Pakistan, underscored their dedication to empowering IELTS test takers, making the British Council the sole major high-stakes test provider offering this unique option in Pakistan.
Individuals opting for ‘One Skill Retake’ will receive a secondary Test Report Form suitable for migration and academic purposes. Depending on their results, candidates can choose to use either their original or new test report for the skill they retake. This feature is available for booking within 60 days of the initial IELTS test, providing candidates with increased flexibility and control over their test outcomes.