Is IELTS One Skill Retake available in India? March 2023 Update
The IELTS One Skill Retake or OSR option is for people wanting to improve their scores in one particular section of the test. Though there have been talks since November last year that the program will be launched in March around this time, there has been no official update. Meanwhile, you can get to know what the new test is all about.
OSR was launched in Australia as a pilot project in November last year. The feature was phased out slowly to different test takers and regions. It is not a far-off prediction to say the same could happen in India.
If a person has scored well in the listening, reading, and writing sections but is struggling with, say, the speaking section, they can opt for a One Skill Retake for speaking only. This means they do not have to retake the entire test, and they can focus their efforts on improving their speaking skills.
The format and timing of this test are the same as that of any other individual skill test in a normal IELTS test.
Besides the obvious that you must have already given the test before and should only re-apply if they are not happy with their scores, there is one other thing that needs to be kept in mind. The difference between the original IELTS test and the OSR test is a maximum of 60 days.
As of yet, a fee structure has not been announced. However, it can be expected to vary depending on the location and the test centers. Test-takers are advised to contact their local test center or their corresponding website to get updates when the IELTS OSR is launched in India.
The process for IELTS OSR will be similar to that of the full test. The person will have to register for the test and choose the specific section they want to retake.
The test format and scoring criteria for the chosen section will also remain the same as the full test. Persons will receive a separate score for their particular sections or modules after the test.
Things to Keep in Mind
There are some important things to keep in mind before opting for IELTS One Skill Retake.
- Determine the reason for the low score
This step is essential to improve your score in OSR. Identify the areas of weakness and work on them before retaking the test.
- Check Eligibility Criteria Carefully
Though as of now there is no specific date you can refer to, the maximum 60 days time limit mentioned above should be kept in mind. People in India are also encouraged to stay updated on the deadlines through the IDP IELTS website.
- OSR will not Replace the Original Scores
Both scores will be reported separately on the Test Report Form (TRF). Universities and organizations that require the IELTS score will see both scores, and it is up to them to decide which score to consider.
It is essential to weigh the pros and cons before retaking the test because not improving is also a possibility.
What is IELTS?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a widely recognized test that measures a person’s proficiency in the English language. It is used for various purposes such as admission to universities, immigration, and finding employment.
The test is divided into four sections: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Each section is scored on a scale of 0 to 9. The most common test for people seeking immigration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK is IELTS. It is accepted by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools, and immigration organizations on a global scale.
The IELTS One Skill Retake is a useful option for people who want to improve their scores in one particular section of the test. Though the test is yet to be launched in India, it is surely on the way.
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