High-stakes language tests, migration policy and ethical codes

Start - End 
2021 - 2025 (ongoing)



Increasingly, language test scores are used to make decisions that have a fundamental impact on the lives of people, but we know little about the decision-making processes underlying these practices. This doctoral research will operate at the intersection of applied linguistics, ethics, and human rights studies to achieve three research objectives:

  • Examining the policy literacy of language test developers interacting with policy makers
  • Gauging the role that test developers assign to existing ethical codes and validity principles in making decisions with ethical implications.
  • Determining whether test developers respect the human rights of all candidates equally in their testing policy.


Phd Student(s)