PTE Academic is committed to ongoing research into language testing. Each year, we offer funded and in-kind support to researches investigating language testing. We are pleased to announce that two new research proposals have now been selected, which will review PTE Academic intensive foundation programmes, as well as the psychometric qualities within the test.

Philip Durrant, University of Exeter: Using PTE Academic to predict achievement and measure proficiency gains in an intensive EAP foundation programme.

This study aims to determine whether PTE Academic is able to predict future academic performance.

It will also attempt to show how much a student’s proficiency can be expected to improve in over the course as well as the extent to which learner and contextual factors influence performance.

A sample of 100 students will take PTE Academic at the beginning and at the end of a 10 week pre-sessional programme.

Jing Ru Xu , Michigan State University: Using Multidimensional Item Response Theory (MIRT) to Link Multiple Test Forms and Report Subscores for PTE A for Different English Language Learners.

There is an increasing interest in reporting subscores in educational testing to help make decisions on both admission and diagnosis purposes, as well as to allow teachers to address specific diagnostic needs.

This project examines whether PTE Academic has adequate psychometric quality to report subscores for different English language learner groups across multiple test forms.

It uses a very large sample of 40,000 test takers and 165 different test forms.

For the ultimate preparation!