ERIC Number: ED217732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Based Analysis of Open-Ended Foreign-Language Test Items.
The recent psycholinguistic-sociolinguistic trend in foreign language teaching indicates a shift of interest away from quantitative data towards qualitative information of different kinds. Validity and relevance are stressed and so new test formats are demanded, as well as new methods of dealing with student answers. Item analysis techniques used to study multiple-choice items yield facility and discrimination indices and can be studied with a computer. Scoring an open-ended test is difficult and time-consuming. Therefore a system of computer programs for the "feeding-in" of tests and their statistical processing, called PRINS, was developed. In this program, all student answers are fed into the computer by a typist, then a print-out of all student answers, item by item, is called for. After the scoring key is fed in, the student answers can be compared with it. The lists produced are discussed by test constructors who decide on various grading procedures. The PRINS computer program is also being used for test construction, discussions on acceptability, cloze testing, and research. These uses are discussed and examples of test items; item analysis data, and lists of student responses are provided. (AMH)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Programs, Higher Education, Language Tests, Scoring Formulas, Second Language Instruction, Testing
Not available separately; see FL 013 014.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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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).