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ERIC Number: ED222578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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The Case for Oral Achievement Testing.
Aiken, Lewis R.
The research literature on oral achievement testing is reviewed, and advantages and disadvantages of oral tests are described. A number of suggestions are made for improving the objectivity, reliability, and validity of oral tests. The results of a survey of the attitudes and experiences of a selected sample of college students with regard to classroom tests in general and oral tests in particular are presented. It is concluded that oral achievement testing is useful in certain situations, particularly when both test and students are carefully prepared. When carefully planned, administered, and evaluated, oral achievement tests are fairly reliable assessments of abilities and skills, many of which are inadequately measured by written objective or essay examinations. Nevertheless, oral testing is not popular with students, and teachers who employ it must prepare the examinees--both cognitively and emotionally--as well as the test questions. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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