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ERIC Number: ED309644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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SeDelGap Tests of Macro-Level Reading Comprehension: An Exercise in International Collaboration.
Bensoussan, Marsha; Mauranen, Anna
Parallel studies at universities in Israel, Finland, Canada, and the United States used a "selected deletion gap-filling test," a variation on the cloze procedure designed to measure reading comprehension by testing the reader's familiarity with cohesive links and grasp of text coherence. The test design responded to the growing demand for a more efficient multiple-choice test of reading comprehension for large numbers of examinees. The study used discourse analysis to select the deletions and to examine their relationships to macro-structures in the text. Pilot testing with the varied university populations revealed the test to be statistically satisfactory. Recommendtions are that the test be used as: (1) a diagnostic test or as a test of language proficiency, with its deletions adapted to its function; and (2) part of a battery of tests measuring other aspects of language proficiency. Further research to expand the scope of the test is under way. (Author/MJE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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