- To help test-takers, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has launched the One Skill Retake
- According to the body, the initiative is currently being run in 43 countries, including Nigeria and will remain so throughout 2023
- YEN.com.gh shares the mode of the test, its format and every other thing you need to know about the development that has excited many Nigerians
Some Africans seeking overseas studies have a reason to rejoice as IELTS has introduced the One Skill Retake feature for its tests.
IELTS is recognised widely as the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration and is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP IELTS, and Cambridge University Press & Assessment.
What is One Skill Retake?
According to IELTS, the One Skill Retake helps test-takers get back on track should they not perform well on the initial test day.
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"To help you feel confident going into your IELTS test, we have developed IELTS One Skill Retake. If you didn’t show your full potential on test day in one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, or Speaking), IELTS One Skill Retake can help you get back on track. You can choose to take IELTS One Skill Retake at any test centre where it is offered," a statement on the exam's body's official website reads.
The body added that the test feature will run throughout 2023 in 43 countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait and Lebanon.
The One Skill Retake can be taken within 60 days of one's original IELTS test and is computer-based.
Reaction to the development
"A welcomed development, they should also make it permanent, instead of expiring after 2 years."
"Oh wow. ....
"Better, Cox the stress of retaking all bcox of a particular part is really not funny... ....never wanted to be in that situation."
"When will the test validity change from two years to 10 years, just like a drivers license?"
"Yes you can but you need to verify with the organization you want to send them to.
"Not many organizations are accepting them."
"What they should do is extend the validity of a result. why are people failing simple IELTS?"
Push to exempt Ghanaian students
In a related story, the Parliament of Ghana plans to ensure that Ghanaian students who wish to study in the UK and US are exempted from providing proof of English proficiency.
The MP for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, believes it is unfair for students from anglophone countries to write the TOEFL and IELTS exams.
Some Ghanaians expressed how excited they are that the government is looking out for students who want to study abroad.
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