ERIC Number: ED216541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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The "Nuts and Bolts" of Test Construction.
Sacco, Steven J.
The "nuts and bolts" of test construction concern the following areas: (1) common problems in test construction, (2) successful test formats, (3) specific testing concerns in the French individualized program (IFP) at the Ohio State University, and (4) references to help the test constructor. The specific problems considered deal with whether or not tests actually test the content of the course and the desired skills, if the test is truly representative of the unit being tested, if it is streamlined and if the students will take it seriously. The successful test formats discussed are taken from the Ohio State IFP. These include exercises in understanding natural language exchanges, personalized questions, practice in understanding longer listening passages, multiple choice exercises, cloze passages, and longer reading passages which will improve the four language skills and increase cultural awareness. Test formats are suggested that will show whether or not the student can communicate in writing in the target language. The speaking skill can be evaluated through use of the interview technique. (AMH)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, College Second Language Programs, Cultural Awareness, French, Higher Education, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension, Reading Tests, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Speech Communication, Test Construction, Writing Evaluation
Not available separately; see FL 012 917.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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