IELTS Research Reports - Volume 1
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Report 1 - Interviewer Style and Candidate Performance in the IELTS Oral Interview (PDF, 1.1MB)

Recent research into the validity of oral language interviews has extended the focus beyond that of statistical analysis to investigations of the structure of the interview discourse itself, and to the language produced by both candidate and interviewer ...


Researchers: Annie Brown and Kathryn Hill, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Report 2 - Does IELTS Preparation Work? An Application of the Content-Adaptive Model of Language Program Evaluation (PDF, 1.3MB) 

This paper presents an evaluation of an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) language program, conducted with application of a context-adaptive model of language program evaluation ...


Researcher: James D.H. Brown, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Report 3 - The Misinterpretation of Directions for the Questions in the Academic Reading and Listening Sub-Tests of the IELTS Test (PDF, 1.7MB)

This research project seeks to address the areas of perceived confusion or misunderstanding that candidates sometimes have when attempting to comprehend the rubrics of the IELTS Academic Reading and Listening sub-tests ...


Researchers: Gayle Coleman and Stephen Heap, The University of Queensland, Australia

Report 4 - An Investigation of the Predictive Validity of IELTS amongst a Group of International Students studying at the University of Tasmania (PDF, 2.4MB) 

The purpose of the present research study was to investigate the relationship between IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and academic outcomes, as well as the extent to which IELTS predicts the kinds of language difficulties international students experience while studying in Australia ...


Researchers: Fiona Cotton and Frank Conrow, The University of Tasmania, Australia

Report 5 - Survey of Receiving Instutions' Use and Attitude to IELTS (PDF, 1.7MB) 

Since its launch in December 1989, IELTS has established a significant profile in Australia while still facing opposition in some circles and competition from other tests which eat into its potential candidature. Many universities run their own English test for entry into programs possibly as an incentive to lure students to their university ...


Researchers: Clare McDowell and Brent Merrylees, LTC Language and Testing Consultants Pty Ltd, Australia

Report 6 - A Comparative Study of IELTS and ACCESS Test Results (PDF, 2.3MB)

ACCESS is the English language examination of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) of the Australian Federal Government to assess migration applicants' English language skills for migration purposes. An alternative examination for the same purpose is the IELTS (General Training) module ...


Researchers: Magdalena Mok, Nick Parr, Tony Lee and Elaine Wylie, Griffith University, Australia

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