Form a Research Partnership with Oxford University Press

Pretesting: Shaping Learning Together

Why become a Pretesting Research Partner?

  • Be at the forefront of language research and have a a direct impact on the quality of our tests.
  • Familiarize yourself with the way modern English Language tests are made.
  • Students can practice taking an online test.
  • Rank your students against each other with the results.
  • Pretests are an alternative classroom activity, free of charge and can be fitted into your own schedule.

    "[Students] were able to apply their obtained knowledge of the language and get an independent and impartial assessment which is a stimulus for further progress... We have been delighted to participate in the pretesting programme." Olga, Exclusive Language School, Ukraine.

What is pretesting?

Pretesting is a research activity, a stage in the development of our online English Language assessments.

  • Students take a 45 minute 'pretest' online that matches their CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level.
  • The data is received and analysed.
  • The data is used to calibrate the questions and make any changes needed, before they go into our ‘live’, or new, assessment products.

Pretesting is ongoing throughout the year, so it is up to you what date and time your students take the pretest. Pretesting runs with institutions all around the globe.

How does it work?

Watch our introductory video for details:

Our Pretesting Research Partner Handbook is also available to guide you through every step of the process.

What do you need?

  • Run English Language lessons regularly as an institution.
  • Be able to match students accurately to a CEFR level.
  • Have 5+ computers available that meet the minimum system requirements.
  • Be able to run pretesting sessions under exam conditions.

How do you take part?

Complete our short online application form (opens in new tab) and one of the team will be in touch.

Or, send your questions to eltpretesting@oup.com and let us know you'd like to be involved.

"The work that is done in pretesting sessions is very professional and gives you an idea of why Oxford is synonymous with quality and reliability. We enjoyed the experience as a school and look forward to further pretest sessions." Carla, Celex Cecyt 8, Mexico.