Some Africans seeking foreign studies have a reason to rejoice as IELTS has introduced the One Skill Retake feature to its tests.
IELTS is widely recognized 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.
IELTS introduces One Skill Retake. Photo credit: Camille Tokerud
What is one skills retake?
According to IELTShelps One Skill Retake test takers get back on track if they don't perform well on the first day of testing.
“To help you take your IELTS test with confidence, we have developed IELTS One Skill Retake. If you have not shown your full potential in any of the four skills (listening, reading, writing or speaking) on test day, IELTS One Skill Retake can help you get back on track. You can choose to take IELTS One Skill Retake at any test center where it is offered,” said a statement on the exam body's official website.
The agency added that the testing function will be up and running in 43 countries by 2023, 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 the original IELTS test and is computer-based.
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Response to the development
“A welcome development, they should also make it permanent, instead of expiring after two years.”
“Oh wow…”Better, Cox, the stress of re-taking all the bcox from a certain part is really not funny… ….never wanted to be in that situation.”
“When will the validity of the test change from two years to ten years, just like a driver's license?”
“Yes, you can, but you must verify this with the organization you want to send them to.” Not many organizations accept them.
“What they need to do is extend the validity of a result. Why do people fail simple IELTS?”
Urge to exempt Ghanaian students
In a related story, Ghana's parliament plans to ensure that Ghanaian students wishing to study in Britain and the US are exempted from providing proof of English proficiency.
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The Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, says it is unfair for students from English-speaking countries to take the TOEFL and IELTS exams.
Some Ghanaians expressed how excited they are that the government is looking for students to study abroad.