Password English Language Tests

Password English language tests are academically designed and managed by CRELLA (the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment).

Founded by Professor Cyril Weir OBE, CRELLA are a world-leading team of academics in testing and assessment. CRELLA’s work has been rated as world leading for the impact of their research in language assessment by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the UK Government’s assessment of university research.

The Password approach involves a commitment to quality and innovation in test design, administration and validation. This approach is:

  • Based on current understandings of language use.
  • Supported by a programme of empirical validation.
  • Grounded in test security considerations.

For information about the design, development and reliability of Password testing, please click on the document below, written by Dr Anthony Green of CRELLA.

doc The Password Test – Design Development and Reliability PDF (941 kb)

For additional information about the accuracy of Password testing in the prediction of students’ outcomes, please click on the research paper below.

doc Password Predictive Study by NCUK PDF (764 kb)

Password Maths Tests

The Password Maths test has been researched and designed by Dr. Harriet Jones, a Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. Dr Jones is an expert in the transition of students from UK sixth forms and overseas study into university and the learning issues associated with this transition. She has won an award for excellence in teaching and is the author of ‘Maths for Biologists’ which tackles mathematics in a way that reflects the challenges undergraduates face.