ERIC Number: ED410760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Unified Language Testing Plan: Speaking Proficiency Test. Russian Pilot Validation Studies. Report Number 2.
Thornton, Julie A.
The report describes one segment of the Federal Language Testing Board's Unified Language Testing Plan (ULTP), the validation of the speaking proficiency test in Russian. The ULTP is a project to increase standardization of foreign language proficiency measurement and promote sharing of resources among testing programs in the federal government. In the validation study, about 200 Russian-speaking subjects were tested. Results show increased reliability of the Russian test over the previously validated Spanish and English tests. It is concluded that the new test meets many of the oral proficiency testing needs of participating government agencies. The report details the test's design, chronicles its development, including procedures resulting from development and pilot testing of the Spanish and English versions, describes the validation study's design, and explains and summarizes the results. Appended materials (comprising over half of the document) include the examinee instructions, pre- and post-test questionnaires, a report of the test's formative phase of development, proficiency rating frequency charts, a summary of the Russian test results, and cross-tabulation charts for the different testing sites. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Advancement of Language Learning, Arlington, VA.