ERIC Number: ED351883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Intermediate Russian Proficiency Test. Final Report.
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
The final report chronicles activities for the two years of a grant to develop an intermediate-level test of Russian language proficiency based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines. The resulting test is designed to determine proficiency levels of students with two or more years of high school Russian or up to four semesters of college Russian language instruction. Listening and reading components are in paper-and-pencil machine-scorable format, have two parallel forms, and use authentic and simulated authentic texts as stimulus material. The speaking and writing components are in free-response format. The process of test development is outlined from the formation of an advisory committee and establishment of basic test parameters and characteristics through stages of survey, item development, pretesting, item analysis, equation of the two forms, norming administrations, preparation of descriptive statistics, finalization of publication, and first distribution. Grant-related administrative tasks are also noted briefly. The Educational Testing Service form, for general distribution, that gives information on test availability, Educational Testing Service responsibilities, release of test scores, and ordering of the test is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.