ERIC Number: ED280295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Revision of the Basic and Intermediate English Language Tests.
Arth, Thomas O.
The process of revising and validating two English language tests used by the United States armed forces in hiring foreign nationals overseas is described. Development of the item banks and classification of items are outlined, and field testing in the United States and overseas is described. The tests were the basic and intermediate level language skills measures. The basic-level test's format and content were retained, but the number of items in each subtest was increased. The intermediate-level test was revised to include multiple-choice subtests for reading, writing, and listening and an oral interview. Field testing consisted of administration of both the original and the revised versions and comparison of results. High correlations were found between the revised tests and the original tests and other measures of validity. Use of the revised versions in place of the originals is recommended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Armed Forces, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Difficulty Level, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Foreign Nationals, Government Employees, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Reading Tests, Test Construction, Test Items, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX. Manpower and Personnel Div.