What is IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR), and how does it work?

IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) is a new feature designed to help you get your desired test score without retaking the full test. If you want to improve your score on one test skill, you can retake any of the four IELTS skills – Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking.

IELTS One Skill Retake Canada is available with the British Council at selected test centres. Please be aware that as of now, the IRCC has not officially accepted the new IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR).


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Benefits of taking IELTS One Skill Retake Canada

Focus on one skill:

If you didn’t do your best in the first test, IELTS One Skill Retake Canada gives you a second chance to show your English level and improve your score in one section without having to retake the full test. Save time and money by only doing the part of the test related to one skill rather than testing all four skills again.

Take the test you know:

IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) follows the same format and timing as the regular IELTS test. This means you will already be familiar with the test. You don’t need to worry about preparing for a new exam and learning different task types.

Receive a new Test Report Form:

You will receive a new IELTS Test Report Form with your IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) score. It also includes the scores from your original test and an overall CEFR score. Your results will be valid for two years from the original test date, which you can find on your Test Report Form.

Your original test scores will remain the same:

There will be no change to your other scores from your original test. And once you’ve received your results, if you would prefer to use your original score, you can.

Organizations that accept IELTS One Skill Retake Canada

Please be aware that as of now, the IRCC has not officially accepted the new IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR). It is advisable to verify with your Recognising Organisation (RO) whether they currently acknowledge this new One Skill Retake (OSR).

You can find out which organizations accept IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) here:

If you find yourself in the situation of retaking a specific skill in the IELTS exam, preparation can make a significant difference. Whether it’s the listening, reading, writing, or speaking section. You can use prep apps , webinars or our courses to fulfill your goals.

Conditions to book IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR)

  1. You can book the test if you’ve recently completed a full IELTS on Computer test.
  2. You must also have received your results from a test centre that offers IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR).
  3. You can only retake one skill once per original test, and you must sit the One Skill Retake within 60 days of your original test.
  4. You must have the same ID document used for the original full IELTS test to sit for OSR.

How do I book IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR)?

  1. Login to the Test Taker Portal and view your results.
  2. Click the ‘Retake’ button for the skill you wish to retake.
  3. Select the date for your IELTS One Skill Retake Canada (within 60 days of your original test date) and book your preferred session.
  4. Confirm your details and click ‘complete your booking’ to finalise your booking and payment.
  5. Once your payment has been successfully processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email. You can also view your new booking details in the Test Taker Portal under ‘Tests and Results’.

Some of the Test Centre will have to be contacted directly for One Skill Retake (OSR) registration.

What about IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) cancellations?

You can cancel your IELTS OSR test at any time before taking your test by notifying your Test Centre. Please follow the below mentioned deadlines for refund requests.

Refund terms depend upon when you cancel and whether exceptional circumstances and Special Considerations apply.

No refund is provided if the IELTS One Skill Retake Canada result is not recognised by any given institution, organisation, or government body. Please make sure to check if your Recognising Organisation accepts OSR before registering.

When is the cancellation application made? Refund Eligibility
More than 14 calendar days
before the OSR test
75% of the OSR test fees are refundable
Within 14 days before the
OSR test
No Refund on OSR test fees

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If you are interested on taking the IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR), don’t forget to take a closer look at the terms and conditions:

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Frequently asked questions

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