skip to main content skip to footer


TOEFL® Family Research Program

Advancing the field of English-language learning and assessment

Select a topic below to learn more about the TOEFL® Family Research Program.


For over 40 years, the TOEFL research program has pioneered new ways to assess English-language proficiency and advanced our understanding of English-language learning. Today, the program responds to test taker needs by researching and developing new assessments for English learners of all ages with diverse backgrounds.

Research Topics

Reliability and Validity

Testing and ensuring the reliability, validity and quality of TOEFL tests

Assessment and Learning

Providing guidance on how to use test scores to inform classroom teaching and assessment

Scoring and Interpretation

Identifying information that score users need to accurately interpret test results

Innovation and Technology

Exploring innovative task design and technology to measure language knowledge and skills

Backed by Research

Learn more about TOEFL research and development in the TOEFL Research Insights Series. For information on over 500 publications, download the TOEFL Research Reference List.