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ERIC Number: ED505557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 51
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The TOEIC[R] Speaking and Writing Tests:Relations to Test-Taker Perceptions of Proficiency in English. Research Report. ETS RR-09-18
Powers, Donald E.; Kim, Hae-Jin; Yu, Feng; Weng, Vincent Z.; VanWinkle, Waverely
Educational Testing Service
To facilitate the interpretation of test scores from the new TOEIC[R] (Test of English for International Communications[TM]) speaking and writing tests as measures of English-language proficiency, we administered a self-assessment inventory to TOEIC examinees in Japan and Korea, to gather their perceptions of their ability to perform a variety of everyday English-language tasks. TOEIC scores related relatively strongly to test taker self-reports for both speaking and writing tasks. The results were extraordinarily consistent, with examinees at each higher TOEIC score level being more likely to report that they could successfully accomplish each of the everyday language tasks in English. The pattern of correlations also suggested modest discriminant validity of the new TOEIC speaking and writing measures, suggesting that both measures contribute uniquely to the assessment of English-language proficiency. (Three appendixes are included: (1) Can-Do Tables, Using a Less Stringent Standard, for TOEIC Speaking and Writing Scores; (2) Can-Do Table for TOEIC Speaking; and (3) Can-Do Table for TOEIC Writing. Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service
Identifiers - Location: Japan; South Korea
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English for International Communication