ERIC Number: ED022748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Designing the Board's New Literature Achievement Test.
Purves, Alan C.
College Board Review, n67 p16-20 Spring 1968
This article describes the problems that the College Entrance Examination Board's Committee of Review for the Examinations in English encountered in creating a fair, objective, hour-long literature achievement test which would meet four objectives--to measure the breadth of a student's reading, his understanding of that reading, his response to literature, and his critical skills. Sample multiple-choice questions on Louise Bogan's poem "Medusa," illustrate (1) the kinds of questions chosen by the Committee, (2) the eight skills that the questions are designed to test, (3) the reasons for choosing these types of questions, and (4) the pattern of questioning which moves from testing sharpness of observation to depth of understanding. (JS)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Educational Testing, English Instruction, Literary Criticism, Literary Discrimination, Literary Genres, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Multiple Choice Tests, Objective Tests, Test Construction, Testing Problems
College Entrance Examination Board, Publications Order Office, Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (Subscription rate, $2.00 per year. Single copy, $0.50).
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Identifiers: College Board Achievement Tests
Note: Adapted from an address given at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 1967).