Our research

Our research

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The validity of our assessments stems from our evidence-based and research-led approach to all developments. Research is at the heart of everything we do. We have the largest research capability of its kind in Europe, with 80 researchers across the Group. 


Our researchers conduct and publish authoritative research in order to validate, improve and develop our assessments and services, and to influence thinking and policy on educational assessment nationally and internationally. Our rolling programme allows flexibility and reactive research capacity. From time to time we also undertake externally funded research, where projects of interest to us are identified.

As one of the oldest major exam groups still in existence in the UK, our Archives provide a unique history of assessment through a complex web of primary source material stretching back to the mid nineteenth century. This is a valuable resource for future generations of researchers.

Areas of expertise

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Our researchers provide a wealth of information ranging from authoritative views on current assessment topics to long term research underpinned by more than 150 years of experience.

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Archives service

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Cambridge Assessment Archives hold documents relating to the history of the organisation including OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language 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

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.