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Lin, Chih-Kai – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
With multiple options to choose from, there is always a chance of lucky guessing by examinees on multiple-choice (MC) items, thereby potentially introducing bias in item difficulty estimates. Correct responses by random guessing thus pose threats to the validity of claims made from test performance on an MC test. Under the Rasch framework, the…
Descriptors: Guessing (Tests), Item Response Theory, Multiple Choice Tests, Language Tests
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Ibrahim, Engku Haliza Engku; Sarudin, Isarji; Muhamad, Ainon Jariah – English Language Teaching, 2016
There are many factors that contribute to one's ability to read effectively. Vocabulary size is one important factor that enhances reading comprehension. The purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between students' reading comprehension skills and their vocabulary size. A total of 129 pre-university students undergoing an intensive…
Descriptors: Correlation, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Scores
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Pan, Yi-Ching – TESL-EJ, 2014
In much of the world, the issue of accountability and measurement of educational outcomes is highly controversial. Exit testing is part of the movement to ascertain what students have learned and hold institutions and teachers to account. However, compared to the large number of teacher washback studies, learner washback research is lacking…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Exit Examinations, Questionnaires, College Students
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Huang, Lan-fen – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2014
This paper reports the compilation of a corpus of Taiwanese students' spoken English, which is one of the sub-corpora of the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI) (Gilquin, De Cock, & Granger, 2010). LINDSEI is one of the largest corpora of learner speech. The compilation process follows the design criteria…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Databases, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Wu, Jessica R. W. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2012
The General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) is a 5-level, criterion-referenced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) testing system implemented in Taiwan to assess the general English proficiency of EFL learners. In 1999, with the aim of encouraging the general study of English and to result in beneficial washback effects on the teaching and…
Descriptors: Testing, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Chang, Mei-Mei – CALICO Journal, 2010
This study examined the effect of a self-monitoring strategy on EFL online learners' academic performance and motivational beliefs. A total of 90 college freshmen participated in the study, and instruments used in the study included two general English proficiency tests, a course-based reading comprehension test, and a modified version of the…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, College Freshmen
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Shih, Chih-Min – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2008
Since 2000, the General English Proficiency Test, a newly developed test of English, has been phased in by the Language Training and Testing Center in Taiwan. It has become the most universally used test of English in Taiwan, a fact that can be evidenced by its aggregate number of registered test takers. This article first describes the…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Grading, Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency
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O'Neill, Thomas R.; Buckendahl, Chad W.; Plake, Barbara S.; Taylor, Lynda – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2007
Licensure testing programs in the United States (e.g., nursing) face an increasing challenge of measuring the competency of internationally trained candidates, both in relation to their clinical competence and their English language competence. To assist with the latter, professional licensing bodies often adopt well-established and widely…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Testing, Language Tests, Standard Setting
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Lee, Young-Ju – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2007
The Multimedia Assisted Test of English Speaking was designed to assess global speaking competence of Korean speakers of English at Sookmyung Women's University. The test was developed with the help of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for their proficiency guidelines and of the Center for Applied Linguistics for their…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Applied Linguistics, Criterion Referenced Tests, Guidelines
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Weir, Cyril J.; Wu, Jessica R. W. – Language Testing, 2006
Examination boards are often criticized for their failure to provide evidence of comparability across forms, and few such studies are publicly available. This study aims to investigate the extent to which three forms of the General English Proficiency Test Intermediate Speaking Test (GEPTS-I) are parallel in terms of two types of validity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Format, Speech Communication, Check Lists
Bailey, Alison L.; Stevens, Robin; Butler, Frances A.; Huang, Becky; Miyoshi, Judy N. – National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), 2005
The work we report focuses on utilizing linguistic profiles of mathematics, science and social studies textbook selections for the creation of reading test specifications. Once we determined that a text and associated tasks fit within the parameters established in Butler et al. (2004), they underwent both internal and external review by language…
Descriptors: Test Items, Profiles, Linguistics, Reading Tests
Kato, Kentaro; Albus, Debra; Liu, Kristin; Guven, Kamil; Thurlow, Martha – National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 2004
Minnesota is one of many states that began development of an English proficiency test before federal requirements were in place to do so. It had decided to put into place a test that would provide the state with a better and more uniform gauge of how its population of English language learners (ELLs) was doing in their acquisition of academic…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Grade 8, Second Language Learning, Grade 5
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Buley-Meissner, Mary Louise – Writing on the Edge, 1992
Argues that holistic scoring requires evaluators to suppress their interpretive judgment and treat students' writing differently than in any other situation, based on an analysis of videotaped reader-training sessions for an English Proficiency Essay Exam. (NH)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems, Higher Education, Holistic Approach