ERIC Number: ED082214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966-Sep
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The Impact of External Examinations on the Teaching of English, Study Group Paper No. 9; and Plenary Session.
Allen, George Cameron; Purves, Alan
External testing (public tests) is examined from a British point of view by George Cameron Allen and then responded to by an American. Allen discusses the history of external examinations in Britain, paying particular attention to the General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations and the dichotomy that exists between language and literature portions of the test. Most students who are college bound are "done with English" at the age of sixteen; only those who specialize in English go on to higher level English tests focusing on literature, at the university level. In response to this traditional form of testing, the British reexamined their test forms, which resulted in an alternate-choice test, the Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE), which pays particular attention to the individual student, more closely relates language and literature, and provides an oral examination which the GCE ignored. The American paper responds by commenting on the College Entrance Examination Boards, noting the attention paid to vocabulary and multiple-choice items. Advantages and disadvantages of the Advance Placement English and the Graduate Record Examination in English are considered. The author concludes by suggesting that a profile of the student's writing may tell a great deal more than a straight examination. (HOD)
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Authoring Institution: National Association for the Teaching of English (England).; National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.; Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY.