ERIC Number: ED217725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Style Test.
Several formats for testing English style are described and discussed. The questions are taken from eight versions of the Cologne placement test for beginning university students and a test battery designed for the German Academic Exchange Service. The first two formats are a multiple choice question and a paragraph with underlined words and phrases. In both types the student has to choose the expression that is not suitable in context. A third format presents a set of texts one of which is of a different author, era, or genre from the others. This format has the advantage of including a variety of operative clues. Style is more difficult to acquire and to test; in contrast to tests in other skill areas of language learning, the style item asks about suitability, not correctness. With regard to the tests under discussion, a number of factors are suggested that point out the special nature of the style test. These factors are: (1) improvement in style over time; (2) identification and analysis of factors in one of the style tests suggested that the role of style is not marginal; (3) a higher prognostic validity than the other subtests; (4) variations in results from one university to the other; and (5) the relationship between style and general achievement. (AMH)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Higher Education, Language Skills, Rhetoric, Test Interpretation, Test Items, Writing (Composition)
Not available separately; see FL 013 014.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In its: Practice and Problems in Language Testing. Proceedings of the International Language Testing Symposium of the Interuniversitare Sprachtesgruppe (4th, Essex, England, September 14-17, 1981).