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ERIC Number: EJ866655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
Recent Developments in Language Assessment and the Case of Four Large-Scale Tests of ESOL Ability
Stoynoff, Stephen
Language Teaching, v42 n1 p1-40 Jan 2009
This review article surveys recent developments and validation activities related to four large-scale tests of L2 English ability: the iBT TOEFL, the IELTS, the FCE, and the TOEIC. In addition to describing recent changes to these tests, the paper reports on validation activities that were conducted on the measures. The results of this research constitute some of the evidence available to support claims that these tests are suitable for their intended purposes. The discussion is organized on the basis of a framework that considers test purpose, selected test method characteristics, and important aspects of test usefulness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language