Ph.D. Exam Sources

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Dear readers:

What comes below is a list of important books suggested for Ph.D. entrance exam for State and Azad universities in Iran. I hope you'll find it useful. If there's any comment, you can contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Students and colleagues are invited to send me their own list of Ph.D. sources if they think the new sources can be of any help.

Suggested Ph.D. Exam Sources


Fundamental considerations in language testing (Lily Bachman).

Testing in language programs (James D. Brown).

Language testing and assessment. Glenn Fulcher (2007).


Psychology for Language Teachers (Williams and Burden)

Second Language Learning Theories ( Mitchell & Myles, 2nd ed.)

Task-based Language Teaching and Learning ( Rod Ellis)

Teaching by Principles (D. Brown)

Second language teaching and learning. Nunan (2004)


Syntax (Radford)

Chomsky's UG (Cook & Newson)


Hatch and Lazaratan

Hatch and Farhady

Zoltan Dornie. (2007) Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: OUP.

General English Books

Barron’s TOEFL (PBT)

The Grammar Book for the TOEFL (Hossein Farhady)

Longman’s TOEFL (PBT)


1100 Practical English Words

3500 Essential Words for the GRE

Vocabulary for College-bound Student

Last updated: 10/11/2018


Prepared by Hadi Hamidi

Ph.D. in TEFL, USR, Tehran, Iran

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    • #55

      Fatemeh Zarepour


      I really appreciated you for introducing this site :). it includes useful information. i myself try to find someone in order to introduce me suggested phd exam sources but none of my professors are available. thank you very much
      with best regards

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