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Beigman Klebanov, Beata; Ramineni, Chaitanya; Kaufer, David; Yeoh, Paul; Ishizaki, Suguru – Language Testing, 2019
Essay writing is a common type of constructed-response task used frequently in standardized writing assessments. However, the impromptu timed nature of the essay writing tests has drawn increasing criticism for the lack of authenticity for real-world writing in classroom and workplace settings. The goal of this paper is to contribute evidence to a…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Writing Tests, Writing Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Llosa, Lorena; Malone, Margaret E. – Language Testing, 2019
Investigating the comparability of students' performance on TOEFL writing tasks and actual academic writing tasks is essential to provide backing for the extrapolation inference in the TOEFL validity argument (Chapelle, Enright, & Jamieson, 2008). This study compared 103 international non-native-English-speaking undergraduate students'…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Huang, Heng-Tsung Danny; Hung, Shao-Ting Alan; Plakans, Lia – Language Testing, 2018
Integrated speaking test tasks (integrated tasks) provide reading and/or listening input to serve as the basis for test-takers to formulate their oral responses. This study examined the influence of topical knowledge on integrated speaking test performance and compared independent speaking test performance and integrated speaking test performance…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Speech Tests, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Ginther, April; Yan, Xun – Language Testing, 2018
This study examines the predictive validity of the TOEFL iBT with respect to academic achievement as measured by the first-year grade point average (GPA) of Chinese students at Purdue University, a large, public, Research I institution in Indiana, USA. Correlations between GPA, TOEFL iBT total and subsection scores were examined on 1990 mainland…
Descriptors: Correlation, Computer Assisted Testing, Profiles, English (Second Language)
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Bridgeman, Brent; Cho, Yeonsuk; DiPietro, Stephen – Language Testing, 2016
Data from 787 international undergraduate students at an urban university in the United States were used to demonstrate the importance of separating a sample into meaningful subgroups in order to demonstrate the ability of an English language assessment to predict the first-year grade point average (GPA). For example, when all students were pooled…
Descriptors: Grade Prediction, English Curriculum, Language Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Kyle, Kristopher; Crossley, Scott A.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Language Testing, 2016
This study explores the construct validity of speaking tasks included in the TOEFL iBT (e.g., integrated and independent speaking tasks). Specifically, advanced natural language processing (NLP) tools, MANOVA difference statistics, and discriminant function analyses (DFA) are used to assess the degree to which and in what ways responses to these…
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Natural Language Processing, Speech Skills, Speech Acts
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Ockey, Gary J.; Koyama, Dennis; Setoguchi, Eric; Sun, Angela – Language Testing, 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which performance on the TOEFL iBT speaking section is associated with other indicators of Japanese university students' abilities to communicate orally in an academic English environment and to determine which components of oral ability for these tasks are best assessed by TOEFL iBT. To…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Correlation
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Barkaoui, Khaled – Language Testing, 2014
A major concern with computer-based (CB) tests of second-language (L2) writing is that performance on such tests may be influenced by test-taker keyboarding skills. Poor keyboarding skills may force test-takers to focus their attention and cognitive resources on motor activities (i.e., keyboarding) and, consequently, other processes and aspects of…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Nitta, Ryo; Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo – Language Testing, 2014
Despite the growing popularity of paired format speaking assessments, the effects of pre-task planning time on performance in these formats are not yet well understood. For example, some studies have revealed the benefits of planning but others have not. Using a multifaceted approach including analysis of the process of speaking performance, the…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Decision Making
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Winke, Paula; Gass, Susan; Myford, Carol – Language Testing, 2013
Based on evidence that listeners may favor certain foreign accents over others (Gass & Varonis, 1984; Major, Fitzmaurice, Bunta, & Balasubramanian, 2002; Tauroza & Luk, 1997) and that language-test raters may better comprehend and/or rate the speech of test takers whose native languages (L1s) are more familiar on some level (Carey,…
Descriptors: Native Language, Bias, Dialects, Pronunciation
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Kokhan, Kateryna – Language Testing, 2013
Development and administration of institutional ESL placement tests require a great deal of financial and human resources. Due to a steady increase in the number of international students studying in the United States, some US universities have started to consider using standardized test scores for ESL placement. The English Placement Test (EPT)…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Cho, Yeonsuk; Rijmen, Frank; Novák, Jakub – Language Testing, 2013
This study examined the influence of prompt characteristics on the averages of all scores given to test taker responses on the TOEFL iBT[TM] integrated Read-Listen-Write (RLW) writing tasks for multiple administrations from 2005 to 2009. In the context of TOEFL iBT RLW tasks, the prompt consists of a reading passage and a lecture. To understand…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Writing Tests, Cues
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Cho, Yeonsuk; Bridgeman, Brent – Language Testing, 2012
This study examined the relationship between scores on the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT[R]) and academic performance in higher education, defined here in terms of grade point average (GPA). The academic records for 2594 undergraduate and graduate students were collected from 10 universities in the United States. The data consisted of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Academic Records, Graduate Students, Universities
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Bridgeman, Brent; Powers, Donald; Stone, Elizabeth; Mollaun, Pamela – Language Testing, 2012
Scores assigned by trained raters and by an automated scoring system (SpeechRater[TM]) on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT[TM] were validated against a communicative competence criterion. Specifically, a sample of 555 undergraduate students listened to speech samples from 184 examinees who took the Test of English as a Foreign Language…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Speech Communication, Rating Scales, Scoring
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Sawaki, Yasuyo; Stricker, Lawrence J.; Oranje, Andreas H. – Language Testing, 2009
This construct validation study investigated the factor structure of the Test of English as a Foreign Language[TM] Internet-based test (TOEFL[R] iBT). An item-level confirmatory factor analysis was conducted for a test form completed by participants in a field study. A higher-order factor model was identified, with a higher-order general factor…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Construct Validity, Factor Structure, Factor Analysis
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