Supporting reseach in English language testing

We have an expanding program of collaboration with external researchers in universities all over the world.

We are conducting a research program, using independent researchers, to inform the development and validation of PTE Academic. A Technical Advisory Group, comprising experts from both language testing and psychometrics, also provides feedback, advice and critical assessment.

Our in-house research includes:

  • Developing item writer guidelines derived from the CEF
  • Relating item difficulty and lexical cohesion
  • The Pearson International Corpus of International English (PICAE)
  • Developing marking criteria based on the CEF
  • Investigating the effect of partner scores in paired oral assessment
  • Assessing academic English listening
  • Concordance studies (relating PTE Academic scores to predictions of scores on other high stakes tests)

 

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Take part in our ongoing research program.

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The experts providing guidance on test development.

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Findings from research conducted into PTE Academic.

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Listing of completed and ongoing projects.

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Common and pedagogically relevant lexical collocations.

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See how PTE Academic scores compare.

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