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Our research

Operating at the forefront of English language study, IELTS is committed to advancing assessment in English language learning.

IELTS is backed by rigorous research. For more than 30 years, IELTS has worked to advance the field of English language learning and assessment, funding academic study that helps to continually improve our tests.

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Latest research

Here you can find a collection of the latest research carried out by the IELTS Partners and IELTS-supported academics from across the globe.

Areas of interest

IELTS funds research into three key areas of English language learning and assessment.

Technology and innovation

IELTS uses emerging technologies to improve the assessment experience.

Fairness, impact, and validation

Continuing our commitment to trust and fairness through rigorous research.

Test preparation and context of use

Helping test takers achieve their goals and prepare for success beyond the test is an important part of the IELTS model.

Funding and awards

Qualified individuals and institutions are invited to apply for funding to conduct research to support the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).