ERIC Number: ED228269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Re-Evaluation of Decision Scores Used in Course Placement and Credit by Examination in Spanish at U.T. Austin: The Spanish Validity Study of 1981.
Appenzellar, Anne B.; Kelley, H. Paul
The College Board's Spanish Listening-Reading Test, designed to measure student ability and knowledge, is required of all students with previous knowledge of Spanish, however acquired, who have no college credit in Spanish and who intend to enroll in University of Texas, Austin, Spanish course. With satisfactory performance on the test, eligible students receive credit by examination in one to four Spanish courses. The College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Examination in Spanish, designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed up to four semesters of college Spanish, was introduced into the placement program in 1977 as an optional test for departmental use in certain special situations. The 145 questions cover the same four broad content areas as do the 100 questions on the achievement test. Course level to level, mean Composite/Total scores increased on both tests, with the magnitude of difference declining at the more advanced levels of instruction. This upward progression was more consistent on the CLEP examination, level to level, than on the achievement test; these differences made greater distinctions between levels on the CLEP examination than on the achievement test. (PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Measurement and Evaluation Center.
Identifiers: College Board Achievement Tests; College Entrance Exam Board Lang Achievement Test; College Entrance Examination Board; College Level Examination Program; University of Texas Austin