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ERIC Number: ED563111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 89
Writing Assessment in Admission to Higher Education: Review and Framework. College Board Report No. 99-3. GRE Board Research Report No. 96-12R
Breland, Hunter M.; Bridgeman, Brent; Fowles, Mary E.
College Entrance Examination Board
A comprehensive review was conducted of writing research literature and writing test program activities in a number of testing programs. The review was limited to writing assessments used for admission in higher education. Programs reviewed included ACT, Inc.'s ACT™ program, the California State Universities and Colleges (CSUC) testing program, the College Board's SAT® program, the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT®) program, the Graduate Record Examinations ® (GRE®) test program, the Law School Admission Test® (LSAT®) program, the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) program, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL®) testing program. Particular attention was given in the review to writing constructs, fairness and group differences, test reliability, and predictive validity. A number of recommendations are made for research on writing assessment. Tables Summarizing Previous Studies of Mean Differences, Reliability, and Validity are provided in the appendix.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board; Educational Testing Service, Graduate Record Examination Board Program
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Management Admission Test; Graduate Record Examinations; Law School Admission Test; Medical College Admission Test; SAT (College Admission Test); Test of English as a Foreign Language