When will OSR be Available in Canada?

ILSC is pleased to offer IELTS One Skill Retake starting December 4, 2023 at our locations in Brampton, Montreal, Scarborough, Toronto and Vancouver! After you book your original IELTS on Computer test at one of these locations, you will be automatically eligible to purchase a One Skill Retake IELTS Test Session if you don't perform your best in any one part of the test. OSR is currently not available for IELTS on Paper.

Is IELTS One Skill Retake Accepted for Immigration in Canada?

For IRCC Express Entry requirements, check this page. At the time of writing, it states, "We don’t accept the One Skill Retake version of the IELTS General Training test." This may change, and may be available for some immigration programs, such as EMPP, so make sure to check the current information that applies to you.

Is IELTS One Skill Retake Accepted by Universities?

An OSR score for IELTS Academic is currently accepted by some colleges and universities in Canada and abroad. Make sure you check with each school for their individual admissions policy. A reference list of institutions which may currently accept IELTS OSR can be found here.

How does IELTS One Skill Retake Work?

If you are not satisfied with your performance on one part of the IELTS Test, instead of taking the whole test again, you will have the option of re-doing one part of the test: reading, writing, listening or speaking. You will be able to take this option, once available, if:

  • you completed your full IELTS Test at a Centre that offers One Skill Retake
  • your full test is an IELTS on Computer Test
  • you sit your One Skill Retake within 60 days of your full IELTS Test

You will then receive a new Test Report Form (TRF) with the retake score substituted for your original score. The TRF will indicate which score is a retake. It will be up to you whether to use the retake or the original TRF, depending on whether or not your new score was better than the original.

Should I go for EOR or OSR?

IELTS EOR (Enquiry on Results) is generally suggested if you feel that your test was marked low. In other words, you believe that your performance on one or more parts of the test was better than your result indicates. Find more information about requesting an EOR here.

In contrast, if you feel that you received a lower score because you didn't do your best that day on one part of the test, then OSR (One Skill Retake) may be the better option. Make sure to check that the organization to which you are applying accepts IELTS OSR score reports.

It will be possible to request both an EOR and a OSR on the same IELTS Test, but you must request the EOR first. Also, ensure you keep the deadlines in mind. An EOR must be requested within 30 days of your IELTS Test, and an OSR must be written within 60 days of your IELTS Test.


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