Our Research

Our research

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Research is at the heart of all our qualifications and programmes. We aim to increase knowledge and understanding about assessment and curriculum development, allowing us to help teachers, learners and governments fulfil the potential of education. 

Established in 1994, our Research Division includes social scientists, statisticians, assessment and curriculum specialists. We carry out a variety of qualitative and quantitative research in the following areas: 

• Curriculum design and evaluation

• Assessment design and evaluation (including accessibility, reliability and validity)

• Setting and maintaining standards, and monitoring comparability

• Research methods.

Our research includes both general and vocational qualifications, and both ‘traditional’ paper-based assessment and digital assessment. We share our research extensively, including via our own online publication Research Matters. We also provide consultancy and partnering services.

Our research team

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Cambridge University Press and Assessment is home to the largest research capability of its kind. Meet the people behind our leading-edge work.

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Archives & Heritage

Our archives support learners by providing a rich resource of information about the development of school exams and educational assessment.

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Data Bytes


A regular series of graphics from our research team, highlighting the latest research findings and trends in education and assessment.

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Research Matters

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Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.