ERIC Number: ED236217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
A Validity Study of an Editing Cloze Proficiency Test for Students of English as a Second Language.
Maloney, Eileen; And Others
Since the numbers of foreign students aspiring to college and graduate degrees in the United States is increasing, there is a need for a reliable and valid English proficiency test which, ideally, would be neither costly nor time consuming. The purpose of this study was twofold. First, the extent to which three tests, the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and Aural Comprehension, the Center for English as a Second Language Placement Test, and the Davies Speeded Reading Test of English Language Proficiency (an editing cloze test), tended to measure the same underlying construct was explored. Second, two methods of grading the Davies, the Omission method and the Omission and Commission method, were compared. A total of almost 300 subjects in four groups were tested. Two were homogeneous groups of Malaysians relatively proficient in English. Two consisted of foreign students with diverse language backgrounds. One of these groups had already completed an intensive proficiency course in English, while the other group included students at all levels of English language proficiency. Reliability and validity coefficients were reported along with test means and standard deviations. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Center for English Second Language Placement Test; Davies Speeded Reading Test English Language Prof; Michigan Test of Aural Comprehension; Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).