Previously funded research


IELTS is committed to excellence in English language testing and we play an active role in funding research in the sector. Our joint-funded research grants are open to applications from individuals and organisations. The list below details the research projects that we have previously funded.

2023

Researchers: Carlo Perrotta, Melbourne Graduate School of Education; Ute Knoch, Language Testing Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne; Neil Selwyn, Faculty of Education, Monash University
Title: Exploring the possibilities of integrating communicative AI into the IELTS test preparation process
Publication:
Research in progress

2022

Researchers: Sara T. Cushing and Haoshan Ren, Georgia State University, USA
Title:
 Comparison of IELTS Academic and Duolingo English test
Publication: 
IELTS Partnership Research Paper

Researchers: Amanda Muller and Andrew Brenner, Flinders University, Australia
Title:
Benchmarking international English proficiency standards across universities and professions
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Guoxing Yu and Lianzhen He, University of Bristol, UK
Title: Preparing for the IELTS Speaking test in Transnational Higher Education (TNHE) programmes in Chinese universities
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: John Pill and Susan Sheehan, Lancaster University, UK
Title: An unconsidered perspective? An investigation of the language assessment interests and needs of professional registration bodies in the UK
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Ying Zheng Lulu Zhang, Phuong Le Hoang and Xinquan Liu, University of Southampton, UK
Title: IELTS repeat test taking: stakeholders’ perceptions and test preparation for Speaking
Publication:
Research in progress

2021

Researchers: Aysel Saricaoglu Aygan, Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey, Duygu Candarli, University of Dundee, UK and Jinrong Li, Georgia Southern University, USA
Title:
Comparability of IELTS Academic Writing tasks and graduate-level multimodal writing tasks at universities in Turkey, UK, and USA
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Ruslan Suvorov, The University of Western Ontario and Zhi Li, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Title:
Investigating the effect of interactive videos on test-takers’ performance on the listening section of IELTS Academic
Publication:
IELTS Online series 2023/2

Researchers: Okim Kang and Jesse Egbert, Northern Arizona University, USA
Title: Speaking and writing features: Distinguishing IELTS proficiency levels and progression over time
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2023/1

Researchers: Phung Dao and Mai Xuan Nhat Chi Nguyen, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Huy Nguyen, Hue University of Foreign Languages, Vietnam
Title: 'IELTS juniors' in Vietnam: Perceptions of learners, parents and IELTS preparation course providers
Publication:
IELTS Research Reports Online Series 2024/3

Researchers: Chiara Bruzzano, Independent Consultant and James Simpson, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Title: The impact of the IELTS Academic test on forced migrants’ access to Higher Education in the UK
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Lynda Taylor and Chihiro Inoue, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: A comprehensive review and audit of special arrangements offered to IELTS test-takers with accessibility requirements: safeguarding equity, access and inclusion
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Sathena Chan, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK and Andrea Révész, Institute of Education, University College London, UK
Title: A comprehensive review and audit of special arrangements offered to IELTS test-takers with accessibility requirements: safeguarding equity, access and inclusion
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Daniel R. Isbell and Dustin Crowther, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA
Title: Stakeholder perceptions of English proficiency tests in university admissions during COVID-19 and beyond: understanding IELTS’ present and glimpsing its future
Publication:
Research in progress

2020

Researchers: Nelson Brunsting, Qiaona Yu and Jonathan Smart, Wake Forest University, USA
Title: Investigating linkages between international students’ English language proficiency, social-contextual outcomes, and well-being in US universities
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2022/4

Researchers: Jaime Morrish, Sugiyama Jogakuen University and Thomas Legge, Momoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Title: Teachers taking IELTS: how does doing so contribute to individual teaching practice? How effective is it as teacher training policy?
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Okim Kang, Kevin Hirschi and Vito Miao, Northern Arizona University, USA Hyunkee Ahn and Yongkook Won, Seoul National University, South Korea
Title:Test-takers’ IELTS preparations, their attitudes towards IELTS practices, and the use of technologies in the global pandemic
Publication: IELTS Research Online Series 2022/2

Researchers: Mabel Ortiz and Claudio Díaz, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile
Title: The effect of screencast feedback on the performance of the IELTS essay writing component among pre-service teachers of English: an intervention study in Chile
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2022/3

2019

Researchers: Amanda Muller and Weifeng Han, Flinders University, Australia
Title: IELTS Writing band scores 5.5-7.5: Grammatical error rates, stakeholder perceptions, and risk
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2022/1

Researchers: Bao Trang Thi Nguyen, Thi Thanh Binh Nguyen and Quynh-Nhu Phan, Hue University, Vietnam
Title: Vietnamese IELTS learners’ perceptions of IELTS Writing Task 2 and their performance-based lexical resource
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2022/5

Researchers: Daniel Lam, John Field, Nicola Latimer, Sathena Chan, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: The road to understanding in lecture listening: Cognitive processing engaged in the integration of auditory and textual information
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Nahal Khabbazbashi, Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: Content of speech as part of the IELTS Speaking Test construct: scale design and development
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Huahui Zhao and Thi Ngoc Yen Dang, School of Education, University of Leeds, UK
Title: Unveiling the factors for the predictive validity of IELTS for postgraduate studies: assessment, teaching and learning in the TLU domain
Publication:
Research in progress

2018

Researchers: Noriko Iwashita, Anita Stell, and Megan Yucel, The University of Queensland, Australia and Miyuki Sasaki, Nagoya City University, Japan
Title: Japanese stakeholders’ perceptions of IELTS Writing and Speaking tests and their impact on communication and achievement
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2021/4

Researchers: Okim Kang, Northern Arizona University, US and Nyunkee Ahn, Seoul National University, South Korea
Title: Investigation of relationships between learner background, linguistic progression and score gain on IELTS
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2021/1

Researchers: Mai Nguyen, Phung Dao, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Huy Nguyen, Hue University, Vietnam
Title: The impact of IELTS on English language teachers in Central Vietnam
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2020/1

Researchers: Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, Lyn May, Nahal Khabbazbashi, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: Exploring the speaking construct in academic settings in a digital age
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2023/4

Researchers: Daniel Lam, Anthony Green, Neil Murray and Angela Gayton, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: How are IELTS scores set and used for university admissions selection: A cross-institutional case study
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2021/3

Researchers: Tania Horák, Sharon McCulloch, Josie Leonard, Chris McGuirk and Elena Gandini
Title: Mind the gap. Unpacking IELTS Academic writing band descriptors to inform university admissions decisions
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Sarah Richardson, Vijaya Srivastava, Ashtamurthy Killimangalam, Anit Girgla Cherian and Neelam Yadav, Australian Council for Educational Research, India
Title: Reading Strategies of Linguistically Diverse IELTS Test Takers in India
Publication:
Research in progress

2017

Researchers: Phil Chappell, Lynda Yates and Phil Benson, Macquarie University, Australia  
Title: Investigating test preparation practices: Reducing risk
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2019/3

Researchers: Xun Yan and Shelley Staples, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Arizona, US
Title: Investigating the cognitive and social aspects of IELTS speaking performances across proficiency levels: Comparing the CAF-based and register-linguistics-based analyses
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2023/3

Researchers: Talia Isaacs, Andrea Révész and Pavel Trofimovich, University College London, UK
Title: Investigating IELTS Speaking level distinctions using automated and auditory measures: Communicative adequacy and the complexity-accuracy-fluency triad
Publication:
Research in progress

Researchers: Paul Seedhouse and Müge Satar, Newcastle University, UK
Title: VEO IELTS Project Report: Which specific features of candidate talk do examiners orient to when taking scoring decisions?
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2021/5

Researcher: Aek Phakiti, University of Sydney, Australia
Title: Independent versus Integrated Writing Tasks for IELTS Writing: A Mixed Methods Study
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2024/1

2016

Researchers: Alexandra Uitdenbogerd, Kath Lynch, James Harland, Charles Thevathayan, Margaret Hamilton, Daryl D’Souza and Sarah Zydervelt, RMIT University, Australia
Title: IELTS: Student and supervisor perceptions of writing competencies for a Computer Science PhD
Publication:
 IELTS Research Online Series 2018/1

Researchers:Eunice Eunhee Jang, Hyunah Kim, Megan Vincentt, Christine Barron and Bruce Russell, The University of Toronto, Canada
Title: Improving IELTS reading test score interpretations and utilisation through cognitive diagnosis model-based skill profiling
Publication:
 IELTS Research Online Series 2019/2

Researchers:Chihiro Inoue, Nahal Khabazbashi, Daniel Lam and Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: Towards new avenues for the IELTS Speaking Test: Insights from examiners’ voices
Publication:
 IELTS Research Online Series 2021/2

Researchers:Guoxing Yu and Andrea Révész, Bristol University, UK
Title: A Qualitative Analysis of the Writing Processes and Features of IELTS Test‐Takers with Reference to Their Eye‐Movements
Publication:
Research in progress

2015

Researchers: Shawn Brake, Charan Batra and Paul MacLeod, Centennial College Toronto, Canada
Title:English Proficiency in College students (International, Generation 1.5, SESD, and native speakers) from first semester to Diploma completion
Publication:
Not published

Researchers: Paul Seedhouse and Sandra Morales, Newcastle University, UK
Title:Candidates questioning examiners in the IELTS Speaking Test: An intervention study
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2017/5

2014

Researcher: Glenys Merrifield, GBM & Associates, Australia
Title:
 An impact study into the use of IELTS by professional associations in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 2014 to 2015
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2016/7

Researchers: Philip Chappell, Agnes Bodis and Heather Jackson, Macquarie University, Australia
Title:
The impact of teacher cognition and classroom practices on IELTS test preparation courses in the Australian ELICOS sector
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2015/6

Researcher: Aek Phakiti, The University of Sydney, Australia
Title:
Test-takers’ performance appraisals, appraisal calibration, state-trait strategy use, and state-trait IELTS listening difficulty in a simulated IELTS Listening test
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2016/6

Researchers: Ruth Breeze and Hanne Roothooft, University of Navarra, Spain
Title:
Investigating the development of ‘grammatical range and accuracy’ at different proficiency levels in the IELTS Speaking test
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2019/1

Researchers: Andrea Révész, Marije Michel and Minjin Lee, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK
Title:
Investigating IELTS Academic Writing Task 2: Relationships between cognitive writing processes, text quality, and working memory
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2017/3

2013

Researcher:Khaled Barkaoui, York University, Toronto, Canada
Title:
What changes and what doesn’t? An examination of changes in the linguistic characteristics of IELTS repeaters’ Writing Task 2 scripts
Publication:
 
IELTS Research Online Series 2016/3

Researchers:Cate Gribble, Jill Blackmore, Anne-Marie Morrissey and Tanja Capic, Deakin University, Australia
Title:
Investigating the use of IELTS in determining employment, migration and professional registration outcomes in healthcare and early childcare education in Australia
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2016/4

Researchers: Noriko Iwashita and Claudia Vasquez, University of Queensland, Australia
Title:
An examination of discourse competence at different proficiency levels in IELTS Speaking Part 2
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2015/5

Researchers: Sathena Chan, Stephen Bax, and Cyril Weir, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title:
Researching participants taking IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 (AWT2) in paper mode and in computer mode in terms of score equivalence, cognitive validity and other factors
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2017/4

Researchers:Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, Chihiro Inoue and Lynda Taylor, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title:
An investigation into double-marking methods: comparing live, audio and video rating of performance on the IELTS Speaking Test
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2017/1

Researchers:Carole Sedgwick, Mark Garner and Isabel Vicente-Macia
Title:
Investigating the language needs of international nurses: insiders’ perspectives
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2016/2

2012

Researcher:Madeleine S. Estradas, UAE
Title:
An oasis in the desert: Bedouin women’s access to education and employment through IELTS
Publication:
Not published

Researchers:Ute Knoch, Susy Macqueen and Neomy Storch, University of Melbourne, Australia; Lyn May, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; John Pill, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Title:
Transitioning from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands
Publication: 
IELTS Research Online Series 2016/1

Researchers:Guoxing Yu, University of Bristol, UK; Lianzhen He, Zhejiang University, China; and Talia Isaacs, University College London, UK
Title:
The cognitive processes of taking IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: An eye-tracking study
Publication: 
IELTS Research Online Series 2017/2

2011

Researchers:Jill Murray, Macquarie University, Ken Cruickshank, Sydney University and Judie Cross, Randwick TAFE NSW, Australia
Title:
Stakeholder perceptions of IELTS as a gateway to the professional workplace: The case of employers of overseas trained teachers
Publication: IELTS Research Online Series 2014/1

Researchers:Tim Moore and Chris Wallis, Swinburne University of Technology and Janne Morton, University of Melbourne, Australia
Title:
Literacy practices in the professional workplace: implications for the IELTS General Training Reading and Writing
Publication: 
IELTS Research Online Series 2015/1

Researchers:Paula Winke and Hyojung Lim, Michigan State University, USA
Title:
The effects of testwiseness on L2 Listening Test performance: A visual (eye-tracking) and attentional Investigation
Publication:
 IELTS Research Online Series 2014/3

Researchers:Paul Seedhouse, Andrew Harris, Rola Naeb and Eda Üstünel, Newcastle University, UK
Title:
The relationship between speaking features and band descriptors: A mixed methods study
Publication:
 IELTS Research Online Series 2014/2

Researchers:Talia Isaacs, Guoxing Yu and Bernardita Muñoz Chereau, University of Bristol, UK and Pavel Trofimovich, Concordia University, Canada
Title:
Examining the linguistic aspects of speech that most efficiently discriminate between the upper levels of the revised IELTS pronunciation scale
Publication:
IELTS Research Online Series 2015/4

2010

Researcher:Li-Shih Huang, The University of Victoria, Canada
Title:
Cognitive processes involved in performing the IELTS Speaking Test: Respondents’ reported strategic behaviours in testing and non-testing contexts
Publication: 
IELTS Research Online Series 2013/1

Researchers:John Knox and Mehdi Riazi, Macquarie University, Australia
Title:
An Investigation of the Relations between Candidates’ L1 and the Discourse of Written Performance on the IELTS Academic Writing Test
Publication: IELTS Research Online Series 2013/2

Researchers:Pamela Humphreys, Michael Haugh, Ben Fenton-Smith, Ana Lobo, Rowan Michael and Ian Walkinshaw, Griffith University, Australia
Title:
Tracking international students’ English proficiency over the first semester of undergraduate study
Publication: IELTS Research Online Series 2012/1

Researcher:Stephen Bax, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title:
Using eye-tracking to research the cognitive processes of multinational readers during an IELTS reading test
Publication: IELTS Research Online Series 2015/2

Researchers:Elizabeth Arrigoni and Victoria Clark, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Title:
Investigating the appropriateness of IELTS cut-off scores for admissions and placement decisions at an English medium university in Egypt
Publication: IELTS Research Online Series 2015/3

2009

Researcher: Elizabeth Craven, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Title: The quest for IELTS Band 7.0: Investigating English language proficiency development of international students at an Australian university
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 13

Researchers: Ana Maria Ducasse and Annie Brown, La Trobe University, Australia
Title: The role of interactive communication in IELTS speaking and its impact on candidates’ preparedness for study or training contexts
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 12

Researcher: Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Developing the assessment literacy of IELTS test users in higher education
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 13

Researchers: Stephen Moore, Macquarie University Australia; Richmond Stroupe, Soka University Japan; and Paul Mahony IDP Cambodia
Title: Perceptions of IELTS in Cambodia: A case study of test impact in a small developing country
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 13

Researchers: Gaynor Lloyd-Jones and Chris Binch, Cranfield University, UK
Title: A case study evaluation of the English language progress of Chinese students on two UK postgraduate engineering courses
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 13

Researcher: Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: The relationship between test-takers’ listening proficiency and their performance on the IELTS Speaking test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 12

2008

Researchers: Lynda Yates and Beth Zielinski, Macquarie University Australia; Elizabeth Pryor, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: The assessment of pronunciation and the new IELTS Pronunciation scale
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 12

Researcher: Glenys Merrifield, GBM and Associates Australia
Title: The use of IELTS for assessing immigration eligibility in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 13

Researchers: Fiona Cotton, University of New South Wales, Australia and Kate Wilson, The University of Canberra, Australia
Title: An investigation of examiner rating of coherence and cohesion in the IELTS Writing Task 2
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 12

Researchers: Richard Badger, The University of Leeds, UK and Yan Xiaobiao, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Title: To what extent does IELTS encourage communicative language teaching in Chinese IELTS classrooms?
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 13

Researchers: Ruth Breeze and Paul Miller, The University of Navarra, Spain
Title: Predictive validity of the IELTS Listening Test as an indicator of student coping ability in Spain
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 12

Researcher: Paul Seedhouse, Newcastle University, UK
Title: Topic Development in the IELTS Speaking Test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 12

2007

Researchers: Roger Hawkey and Anthony Green, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: An empirical investigation of the process of writing Academic Reading test items for the International English Language Testing System
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 11

Researchers: Gaynor Lloyd-Jones, Charles Neame and Simon Medaney, Cranfield University, UK
Title: A multiple case study of the relationship between the indicators of students’ English language competence on entry and students’ academic progress at an international postgraduate university
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 11

Researchers: Guoxing Yu, Pauline Rea-Dickins and Richard Kiely, The University of Bristol, UK
Title: The cognitive processes of taking IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 11

Researchers: Tim Moore, Janne Morton and Steve Price, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Construct validity in the IELTS academic reading test: a comparison of reading requirements in IELTS test items and in university study
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 11

Researcher: Glenys Merrifield, GBM and Associates Australia
Title: An impact study into the use of IELTS by professional associations and registration entities: The United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 11

Researchers: Wayne Sawyer and Michael Singh, The University of Western Sydney, Australia
Title: Learning to play the ‘classroom tennis’ well: IELTS and international students in teacher education
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 11

2006

Researchers: John Read and Rosemary Wette, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Title: Achieving English proficiency for professional registration: The experience of overseas-qualified health professionals in the New Zealand context
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 10

Researchers: Peter Mickan and Johanna Motteram, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Title: The preparation practices of IELTS candidates: Case studies
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 10

Researchers: Roger Hawkey, Cyril Weir, Anthony Green, Sarojani Devi, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: The cognitive processes underlying the academic reading construct as measured by IELTS
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 9

Researchers: Richard Badger and Oscar Yan, The University of Leeds, UK
Title: The use of tactics and strategies by Chinese students in the listening component of IELTS
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 9

Researchers: David Hyatt and Greg Brooks, The University of Sheffield, UK
Title: Investigating stakeholders’ perceptions of IELTS as an entry requirement for higher education in the UK
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 10

Researchers: Katherine Golder, Kenneth Reeder and Sarah Fleming, The British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada
Title: Determination of the appropriate IELTS band score for the admission into a program at a post-secondary polytechnic institution
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 10

2005

Researcher: Glenys Merrifield, GBM and Associates, Australia
Title: An impact study into the use of IELTS as an entry criterion for professional associations: USA, New Zealand and Australia
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 8

Researchers: Hilary Smith and Stephen Haslett, Systemetrics Pty Ltd, New Zealand
Title: The use of IELTS General Training Module in technical and vocational tertiary institutions: A case study from Aotearoa New Zealand
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 8

Researchers: Kieran O’Loughlin and Sophie Arkoudis, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Investigating IELTS exit score gains in higher education
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 10

Researcher: John Field, University of Reading, UK
Title: A cognitive validation of the lecture-listening component of the IELTS Listening paper
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 9

Researchers: Cyril Weir, Roger Hawkey, Anthony Green, Aylin Unaldi, Sarojani Devi, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Title: The relationship between the academic reading construct as measured by IELTS and the reading experiences of students in the first year of their courses at a British university
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 9

Researchers: Christine Pegg and Alison Wray, Cardiff University, UK
Title: The effect of memorised learning on the writing scores of Chinese IELTS test takers
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 9

2004

Researchers: Paul Seedhouse, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; and Maria Egbert, The University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Title: The interactional organisation of the IELTS Speaking test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 6

Researchers: Jayanti Banerjee, Florencia Franceschina and Anne Margaret Smith, Lancaster University, UK
Title: Documenting features of written language production typical at different IELTS band score levels
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 7

Researchers: David Ingram and Amanda Bayliss, Melbourne University Private, Australia
Title: IELTS as a predictor of academic language performance. Part 1: The view from participants
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 7

Researcher: Andrea Paul, Melbourne University Private, Australia
Title: IELTS as a predictor of academic language performance. Part 2: Case studies of learner language
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 7

Researcher: Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: The use of IELTS for university selection in Australia: A case study
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 8

Researcher: Peter Mickan, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Title: An ethnographic study of classroom instruction in an IELTS preparation program
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 8

Researchers: Carole Gibson and Anne Swan, The University of South Australia
Title: The significance of socio-linguistic backgrounds of teachers of IELTS preparation courses in selected Malaysian institutions
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 8

2003

Researchers: Catherine Elder and Gillian Wigglesworth, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: An investigation of the effectiveness and validity of planning time in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 6

Researchers: Michael Carey, Robert Mannell, and Geoff Brindley, Macquarie University, Australia
Title: The contribution of interlanguage phonology accommodation to inter-examiner variation in the rating of pronunciation in oral proficiency interviews
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 9

Researchers: Barry O’Sullivan, Roehampton University, UK; Cyril Weir, The University of Luton, UK; Tomoko Horai, Roehampton University, UK
Title: Exploring difficulty in Speaking tasks. An intra-task perspective
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 6

Researcher: M.A. Yadugiri, University of Bangalore, India
Title: A study of the linguistic and discourse features in the output from IELTS academic writing tasks
Publication: Not published

Researcher: Annie Brown, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
Title: An examination of the rating process in the revised IELTS Speaking Test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 6

Researcher: Christopher Hampton, British Consulate, Shanghai, China
Title: What makes a good Speaking Test? Perceptions of candidates and examiners
Publication: Not published

Researchers: Hilary Smith, Systemetrics Research Limited and Stephen Haslett, Massey University, New Zealand
Title: Attitudes of tertiary key decision-makers towards English language tests in Aotearoa New Zealand: Report on the results of a national provider survey
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 7

Researchers: Pauline Rea-Dickins, Richard Kiely and Guoxing Yu, The University of Bristol, UK
Title: Student identity, learning and progression: The affective and academic impact of IELTS on ‘successful’ candidates
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 7

2002

Researchers: John Read, The University of Auckland; and Paul Nation, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Title: An investigation of the lexical dimension of the IELTS Speaking Test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 6

Researchers: Barry O’Sullivan, The University of Roe, Hampton, UK; and Yang Lu, The University of Reading, UK
Title: The impact of candidate language of examiner deviation from a set interlocutor frames in the IELTS Speaking test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 6

Researchers: Cyril Weir, The University of Luton, UK; Barry O’Sullivan, The University of Reading, UK; Jin Yan, Jiao Tong University, China; Steven Bax, Canterbury University, Christchurch, UK
Title: Does the computer make a difference? Reactions of candidates to a CBT versus traditional hand-written forms of the IELTS Writing component: Effects and Impact
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 7

2001

Researcher: Annie Brown, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: A cross sectional and longitudinal study of examiner behaviour in the revised IELTS Speaking Test
Publication: SiLT 19

Researchers: Barry O’Sullivan and Mark Rignall, The University of Reading, UK
Title: A longitudinal study of the effects of feedback on raters of the IELTS Writing Module
Publication: SiLT 19

Researchers: Chandra Rao, Kate McPherson, Rajni Chand and Veena Khan, USP Solutions, The University of the South Pacific
Title: Assessing the impact of IELTS preparation programs on candidates’ performance on the General Training Reading and Writing Modules
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 5

Researchers: Cyril Weir, The University of Luton, UK; and Anthony Green, Cambridge ESOL, UK
Title: The impact of IELTS on the preparation classroom: stakeholder attitudes and practices as a response to test task demands
Publication: Not published

Researcher: Russell Whitehead, ESOL Consultant, UK
Title: Issues in the assessment of pen and paper and computer-based IELTS Writing Tasks
Publication: Not published

2000

Researchers: Barry O’Sullivan and Mark Rignall, The University of Reading, UK
Title: Assessing the value of bias analysis feedback to raters for the IELTS Writing Module
Publication: SiLT 19

Researchers: Catherine Elder, The University of Auckland NZ; and Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Investigating the relationship between intensive English language study and band score gain on IELTS
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 4

Researchers: Chris Kennedy and Dilys Thorp, The University of Birmingham, UK
Title: Investigation of linguistic output of General Training Writing Task 2
Publication: Not published

Researchers: Cynthia Celestine, Cheah Su Ming, Geetha Rajaratnam, IDP Education Australia Malaysia; and Norazina Ismail, The University of Malaysia
Title: A comparative study of IELTS to ascertain its viability for the Malaysia private secondary school market
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 5

Researchers: Cyril Weir and Anthony Green, The University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK
Title: Monitoring score gain on the IELTS Academic Writing Module in EAP programmes of varying duration
Publication: Not published

Researcher: Peter Mickan, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Title: What’s your score? An investigation into language descriptors for rating written performance
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 5

Researchers: David Coleman, The University of Sydney; Sue Starfield, The University of New South Wales; and Anne Hagan, The University of Ulster, UK
Title: The attitudes of IELTS stakeholders: student and staff perceptions of IELTS in Australian, UK and Chinese tertiary institutions
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 5

1999

Researcher: Annie Brown, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Legibility and the rating of second language writing: An investigation of the rating of handwritten and word processed IELTS Task 2 essays
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 4

Researchers: Catherine Elder, The University of Auckland NZ; and Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: A Corpus-based Investigation of linguistic responses to an IELTS Academic Writing Task
Publication: SiLT 19

Researchers: Catherine Elder, The University of Auckland NZ; and Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: The impact of IELTS on preparation for academic study in New Zealand
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 4

Researchers: Catherine Elder, The University of Auckland NZ; and Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Task design in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: The effect of quantity and manner of presentation of information on candidate writing
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 4; SiLT 19

Researchers: Catherine Elder, The University of Auckland NZ; and Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: The effect of standardisation training on rater judgements for the IELTS Writing Module
Publication: SiLT 19

1998

Researchers: Barbara Mayor, Ann Hewings, Joan Swann, and Caroline Coffin, The Open University, UK
Title: A linguistic analysis of Chinese and Greek L1 scripts for IELTS Academic Writing Task 2
Publication: SiLT 19

Researcher: Brent Merrylees, LTC Language and Testing Consultants Pty Ltd, Australia
Title: An impact study of two IELTS user groups: candidates who sit the test for immigration purposes and candidates who sit the test for secondary education purposes
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 4

Researchers: Rae Everett and Judy Coleman, The University of New England, Australia
Title: A critical analysis of selected IELTS preparation materials
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 5

Researchers: Peter Mickan, Adelaide University, Australia; and Stephen Slater, Heian Jogakuin University, Japan
Title: Text analysis and the assessment of Academic Writing
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 4

1997

Researcher: Annie Brown, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: An investigation of the rating process in the IELTS Oral Interview
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 3; SILT 19

Researcher: Clare McDowell, Australian Research and Testing Services, Australia
Title: Monitoring IELTS examiner training effectiveness
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 3

Researchers: Carol Gibson, Stephen Slater, The University of South Australia and Peter Mickan, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Title: A study of response validity of the IELTS Writing Module
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 3

Researcher: Kieran O’Loughlin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: The impact of gender in the IELTS Oral Interview
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 3; SILT 19

Researchers: Mary Kerstjens and Caryn Nery, RMIT University, Australia
Title: Predictive validity in the IELTS Test: a study of the relationship between IELTS scores and students’ academic success
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 3

1996

Researchers: Kathryn Hill, Neomy Storch and Brian Lynch, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: A comparison of IELTS and TOEFL as predictors of academic success
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 2

Researcher: Brent Merrylees, LTC Language and Testing Consultants Pty Ltd, Australia
Title: An investigation of Speaking test reliability with particular reference to examiner attitude to the Speaking test format and candidate/examiner discourse produced
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 2; SiLT 19

Researchers: Cynthia Celestine and Cheah Su Ming, IDP Education Australia
Title: The effect of background disciplines on IELTS scores
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 2

Researchers: Tim Moore, Monash University, Australia; and Janne Morton, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Authenticity in the IELTS Academic Module Writing Test: a comparative study of Task 2 items and university assignments
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 2; SiLT 19

1995

Researchers: Annie Brown and Kathryn Hill, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Interviewer style and candidate performance in the IELTS Oral Interview
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 1; SiLT 19

Researchers: Clare McDowell and Brent Merrylees, LTC Language and Testing Consultants Pty Ltd, Australia
Title: Survey of receiving institutions’ use and attitude towards IELTS
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 1

Researchers: Fiona Cotton and Frank Conrow, The University of Tasmania, Australia
Title: An investigation of the predictive validity of IELTS amongst a sample of international students at the University of Tasmania
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 1

Researcher: James D H Brown, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Title: Does IELTS preparation work? An application of the context-adaptive model of language program evaluation
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 1

Researchers: Magdalena Mok, Nick Parr, Tony Lee and Elaine Wylie, Griffith University, Australia
Title: A comparative study of IELTS and ACCESS Test results
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 1

Researchers: Gayle Coleman and Stephen Heap, The University of Queensland, Australia
Title: The misinterpretation of directions for questions in the Academic Reading and Listening sub-tests of the IELTS Test
Publication: IELTS Research Reports Vol 1