ERIC Number: ED234672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Ontario Test of English Achievement. The Final Report on Its Development.
Evans, P.; And Others
Information on the Ontario Test of English Achievement is presented. Attention is directed to the background and objectives of the test, test development, subtest characteristics and properties, validity, and recommendations concerning test use. The objective of the test was to determine the language competence of incoming students to assist universities in tailoring first-year English courses to meet students' needs. The components tested are the ability to read, write, plan, and develop a theme; and competence in the use of the mechanics of language. The reading comprehension subtests contain multiple-choice questions of six reading passages, four of which are based on economics. The thesis development subtest contains questions that require the identification of appropriate first and last sentences, essay outlines, supporting arguments, theses, and topic sentences. The language subtests cover spelling, grammar, diction/usage, and sentence structure. The topic for the written English subtest is expository (point of view or argument). Appendices include a report on scorer reliability and an analysis of the special problem of pre- and post-testing students in the area of written English. (SW)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, English, Expository Writing, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Higher Education, Language Skills, Language Tests, Language Usage, Reading Comprehension, Screening Tests, Sentence Structure, Test Construction, Test Use, Test Validity, Vocabulary Skills, Writing Skills, Written Language
Council of Ontario Universities, 130 St. George Street, Suite 8039, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T4, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers: Canada; Ontario Test of English Achievement