We collaborate with an expanding set of external researchers from universities around the world. Our Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) include experts from language testing, psychometrics and teaching who provide feedback, advice and critical assessment.
These independent experts guide our work in developing the GSE and Learning Objectives. They also have oversight of our suite of English language tests, including PTE Academic.
The TAGs serve to ensure that our internal standards are aligned with best international practice, including: ALTE code of Practice, APA code of conduct, Council of Europe’s Manual for Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR, EALTA Guidelines for Good Practice and ILTA Guidelines for Practice. The TAGs also help us ensure we meet provisions set down by external authorities such as OFQUAL, DIAC and the UK Home Office.
The TAGs consist of key stakeholders from the academic and practitioner communities. This enables them to give us insight into external developments in the markets. Where appropriate, they also act as advocates for Pearson in those communities.