Password for Universities and Colleges
Password tests are used to facilitate student recruitment and admission whilst upholding academic standards.
University And College Assessment
Since 2008, our tests have proven to be both valid and reliable for high stakes admissions testing as well as for internal assessment.

Results Driven

An efficient and reliable testing process that enables institutions to recruit and retain more international students whilst upholding academic standards.


Password tests are customised and branded according to our partner institutions’ exact requirements and specifications. 

User Friendly

Test delivery, results, reports and certification are all securely managed online and easily accessed from our website.

Password tests are used for multiple purposes including:

  • High stakes admissions testing.
  • Assessment of students following a pre-sessional, pre-Masters, foundation or English language programme.​
  • Assessment of new students on arrival.​
  • Assessment of students joining or progressing from a twinning or off-shore programme.​
  • Assessment of non-native English teachers.​

Partner Overview

UK and Europe
The Americas
Australia and New Zealand
Middle East and Africa

Customisable High Quality Testing

Password English Language Tests

Password English language tests are designed and academically managed by
CRELLA (the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment), a research group involved in the development and validation of many of the world’s most renowned English language assessments including IELTS and the Cambridge suite.

The tests are formally aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.

Password Maths Tests

Password Maths tests were developed following demand from institutions already using our English tests. In 2017, we undertook an extensive consultation with our partner universities, colleges and schools and worked with senior maths teachers from a consortium of leading UK independent schools to ensure the tests would enjoy the same academic validity and usability as our English tests.

All Password tests are proven to have extremely high levels of accuracy since their launch in 2008.

Password Tests and Test Modules

There are six standard Password tests which have been designed specifically for the higher education sector. 

Password Skills is an English language proficiency test for university admission. It fulfils all Home Office requirements for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. The test is aligned to the CEFR and reliably assesses the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test is also used in various countries around the world to assess non-native English language teachers.

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Password Skills Receptive is used to assess students at the end of a foundation, pre-sessional, pre-Masters or other pre-univiersity (pathway) programme. The test enables institutions who have well-developed speaking and writing assessments to augment their in-house testing with reliable CEFR aligned reading and listening assessments. 

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Password Knowledge is used to assess new students to ensure they have the English language skills necessary to successfully undertake their programmes of study. Students needing in-sessional support are identified quickly and cost-effectively. The test is aligned to the CEFR and delivers extremely accurate and reliable results.

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Password Knowledge and Writing is amongst the most widely used English language assessments for admission into university preparation (pathway) programmes. The test is aligned to the CEFR.

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Password Reading and Writing is used for various purposes including for admission to Higher National Diploma (HND) and vocational university programmes. It is also often used to assess the reading and writing abilities of students who are returning to education. The test is aligned to the CEFR.

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Password Maths is used both for admission and to assess new students on arrival. It is a modular test, consisting of a choice of different test modules set at different levels.

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Tests can also be customised according to an institution’s specific requirements. There are six test modules which can be combined in various ways:

Our Partners

UK and Europe

Abertay University
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)
Arden University
Aston University
Bath Spa University
Bellerbys College
Birkbeck, University of London
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth University
Buckinghamshire New University
Canterbury Christ Church University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
CATS Cambridge
CATS Canterbury
CATS London
Cranfield University
Durham University
Edinburgh Napier University
FoundationCampus Coventry
FoundationCampus LSBU
FoundationCampus UCLan
Glasgow International College
Global University Systems
Harper Adams University
Heriot-Watt University International Study Centre
Institute of Ismaili Studies
INTO City University London
INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
INTO Manchester Metropolitan University
INTO Newcastle University
INTO Queen’s University Belfast
INTO St Georges, University of London
INTO The University of Manchester
INTO University of East Anglia
INTO University of Exeter
INTO University of Gloucestershire
Kaplan Aspect
Kaplan Financial
Kaplan International Colleges
Keele University International Study Centre
Kingston University International Study Centre
Leeds Beckett University
Liverpool International College
Liverpool John Moores University
LJMU International Study Centre
London Metropolitan University
London South Bank University
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
NCUK Ireland Dublin International
Newcastle Academy of Business & Technology
Northumbria University
Nottingham Trent International College
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University
Queen Mary, University of London

Queens University, Belfast
Regents University London
Roehampton University
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield International College
Solent University
St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London
Staffordshire University
Sussex Coast College Hastings
Teesside University
Telford College of Arts & Technology
The University of Sheffield
The University of West London
UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire)
University for the Creative Arts
University of Bedfordshire
University of Birmingham
University of Bradford
University of Cumbria
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Greenwich
University of Hertfordshire
University of Huddersfield International Study Centre
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Leicester International Study Centre
University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln International Study Centre
University of Northampton
University of Roehampton
University of South Wales
University of Stirling International Study Centre
University of Suffolk
University of Sunderland
University of Surrey International Study Centre
University of Sussex
University of Sussex International Study Centre
University of the West of Scotland
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Westminster
University of Wolverhampton
University of Worcester
University of York
Wales International Study Centre
Wrexham Glyndwr University
York College
York St John University

Australia and New Zealand

Academies Australasia Polytechnic
AIH Higher Education
Atlantis College Management
Australian Catholic University
Australian National University
Bendigo Kangan Institute
Bond University College, Australia
Box Hill Institute
Central Queensland University
Curtin University
Deakin University
EduCo International Group
Explore English
Federation University Australia
GELI, Griffith University
International College of Management (ICMS)
James Cook University, Brisbane
Melbourne Institute of Technology

Metro English College
Monash University
Ozford English Language Centre
Royal Gurkhas Institute of Technology
Study Group Australasia
TAFE Western Australia
The University of Queensland
The University of Western Australia
TOP Education Institute
Union Institute of Language
University of Canberra College
University of Canterbury
University of Newcastle
University of New South Wales
University of Otago
University of Tasmania
University of Wollongong
Victoria University


Academy of Finance, Vietnam
Aston Institute, Hong Kong
Australian Learning Training & Education Centre, India
Beltei International Institute, Cambodia
Human Resources University, Malaysia
International Medical University for Malaysia
INTO Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
INTO Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China
INTO Nankai University, China
NCUK China Beijing
NCUK China Changsha
NCUK China Chengdu
NCUK China Chongqing
NCUK China Guangzhou
NCUK China Hangzhou
NCUK China Liaoning
NCUK China Qingdao
NCUK China Shanghai
NCUK China Suzhou
NCUK China Wuhan
NCUK China Xian

NCUK China Zhengzhou
NCUK Japan
NCUK Korea
NCUK Pakistan Lahore Centre
NCUK Pakistan Riphah International University
NCUK Pakistan St Marys College
NCUK Sri Lanka
New Oriental, China
Rajamangala University, Thailand
Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Sichuan University, China
Sino-British College, China
South West Jiaotong University, China
Surindra Rajabhat University, Thailand
The Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Thanh Do University, Vietnam
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic
Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University, China
Zhejiang University of Technology, China

North America

Arbutus College, Canada
Bay State College, USA
Concordia University Chicago, USA
INTO Colorado State University, USA
INTO Marshall University, USA
INTO Oregon State University, USA
INTO University of South Florida, USA
James Madison University International Study Center, USA
McMaster University, USA
On Campus, USA
Roosevelt University International Study Center, USA
Royal Roads University International Study Center, Canada
Shorelight Education, USA
Study Group Higher Education North America, USA
University Bridge, USA
University of Maine International Study Center, USA
University of Vermont International Study Center, USA
Webster University – USA
Widener University International Study Center, USA

Middle East

American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Bahrain Polytechnic, Kingdom of Bahrain
International Institute For Languages, KSA
The Royal Guard of Oman Technical College
University of Duhok, Iraq
University of Kurdistan Hewler, Iraq


NCUK Kenya
NCUK Morocco
NCUK Nigeria

Message from our Head of University Partnerships

I have worked in the Higher Education sector for nearly ten years in roles from marketing and student recruitment to development and student retention.  Most recently I have been involved in promoting UK degrees and recruiting students from all over the world, working for the University of Hertfordshire, Loughborough University and City, University of London.


 In consultations with university agent networks over the past few years I heard over and over again that the universities favoured by agents are those who can avoid the unnecessary English language barriers raised by traditional “test centre” tests and offer a high quality, and easy to use, alternative. It was because of this, whilst I was in my role as Regional Manager at Hertfordshire, that I sought out Password as a marketing tool to aid our recruitment efforts whist maintaining academic standards.

After partnering with Password, I started using the Password Skills test to quickly and conveniently assess the English levels of prospective students I met whilst visiting their countries on recruitment trips.  Our country managers and agents (under university supervision) also used the tests to get an accurate report on students’ language skills within a couple of days.

Now, as part of the Password team, I have a greater insight into the consultative processes and academic rigor that goes into the Password suite of tests as well as a wider understanding of the many purposes for which the tests are used.  In my role I manage our partnerships with universities and colleges across the world and will be the point of contact for new partners looking to explore options for testing their students. I am always happy or meet to share more detailed information so please get in touch.

Adam-Lucas Pettit

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