UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment


This page brings together a variety of documents and links which language testing professionals and others involved in language education and
assessment in the UK context may find useful. New items and relevant links will be added over the coming months.

Advocacy Documents

From time to time, UKALTA engages in outreach and advocacy activities consistent with our aims and objectives as a professional association:

· Submission to OfQual GCSE Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Consultation (May 2021)

· A testing time for testing: Assessment literacy as a force for social good in the time of coronavirus

 by Taylor and Harding (Nov 2020)

· UKALTA letter in support of British Council (June 2020)

· AcSS (Academy of Social Sciences) letter re ODA funding cuts for UKRI supported research 

Language Testing and Applied Linguistics Codes of Ethics and Good Practice

These codes of ethics and guidelines for good practice developed by specialist associations may be relevant and useful for anyone involved in
language test design, delivery and research.

· International Language Testing Association (ILTA)

o   ILTA Code of Ethics

o   ILTA Guides for Practice

· European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA)

o   EALTA Guidelines for Good Practice in Language Testing and Assessment

·  Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)

o   ALTE resources and materials:  This links to a range of documents, including principles, manuals and guidelines, plus information about language tests and linguistic integration of adult migrants.

· British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

o   Recommendations on Good Practice in Applied Linguistics 2021

Journal articles and collections of interest (NB: some may require access via subscription)

Language Testing:

· Index of test reviews

· Index of special issues

· Index of virtual special issues

Frontiers in Psychology: 

· Research Topic: Frontiers in Language Assessment and Testing

Assessing Writing: 

· Special issues

Language Assessment Quarterly:  

· Special issues

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

–         Aligning Language Education with the CEFR: A Handbook (April 2022)CEFR alignment handbook

–         Aligning Language Education with the CEFR: Editable Forms (April 2022): CEFR alignment editable forms

–         The Manual for Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR (Council of Europe, 2009):

–   The Manual for Language Test Development and Examining:

ILTA Language Testing Bibliography:

(now open access)

Awards and Sponsorship 

UKALTA student travel award 2022