ERIC Number: ED395997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Listening and Writing: Two Skills for the Price of One?
McLarty, Joyce R.; And Others
The Work Keys (trademark) system of the American College Testing program has combined assessments of listening and writing into a single test administration. The Listening and Writing assessment uses independent scorings of the examinee's written responses to audiotaped prompts to assess both listening and writing skills separately. This paper presents the reasons test developers chose to combine the skill assessments, describes the way in which they were combined, presents some results of that choice to date, and discusses their implications for the future. The primary reasons for combining these skills were that it saves testing time for examinees and provides a better simulation of the ways the skills are used in the workplace. Test development began with drafts that were revised based on expert advice and pilot testing. Scorer training methods and administration procedures were also developed with pilot tests. The final form was studied in Wyoming with 12 test sites and a sample of 256 vocational education students and later tested with 7,097 examinees. Results of these studies supported the combination of the assessments and the use of the Work Keys Listening and Writing Assessment. An appendix contains the skill scales. (Contains four tables and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Work Keys (ACT)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).