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ERIC Number: ED362027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 19
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Validating the Certificates of Foreign Language Proficiency: The Usefulness of Qualitative Validation Techniques.
Luoma, Sari
The Certificates of Foreign Language Proficiency are general purpose tests of language use designed for the adult learner in Finland. This paper deals with the techniques of validation used when designing the test specifications and implementing these into the first versions of the tests. The data comes from the development of tests in one language, English, on two levels: basic and intermediate. The practical purpose of the research presented was to validate the test specifications and tests before their official use. While doing this, several kinds of qualitative validation procedures were used. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relative usefulness of these techniques. Think-aloud protocols and post-test interviews proved the most useful validation tools at this stage of test development. Statistical operations were most useful for examining levels of difficulty, and together with the questionnaires for getting an overall impression of how the testees felt about the test. Think-aloud protocols and post-test interviews were extremely useful and could be recommended as regular tools for test quality maintenance. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland