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Jin, Yan; Yan, Ming – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
One major threat to validity in high-stakes testing is construct-irrelevant variance. In this study we explored whether the transition from a paper-and-pencil to a computer-based test mode in a high-stakes test in China, the College English Test, has brought about variance irrelevant to the construct being assessed in this test. Analyses of the…
Descriptors: Writing Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Literacy, Construct Validity
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Jin, Yan; Hamp-Lyons, Liz – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
It is increasingly recognised that attention should be paid to investigating the needs of a new test, especially in contexts where specific purpose language needs might be identified. This article describes the stages involved in establishing the need for a new assessment of English for professional purposes in China. We first investigated…
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries, Stakeholders, Attitude Measures
Jin, Yan – Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The College English Test (CET) is an English language test designed for educational purposes, administered on a very large scale, and used for making high-stakes decisions. This paper discusses the key issues facing the CET during the course of its development in the past two decades. It argues that the most fundamental and critical concerns of…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Language Tests, Measures (Individuals), Graduates
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Jin, Yan; Fan, Jinsong – Language Testing, 2011
The purpose of the Test for English Majors (TEM) is to measure the English proficiency of Chinese university undergraduates majoring in English Language and Literature and to examine whether these students meet the required levels of English language abilities as specified in the National College English Teaching Syllabus for English Majors…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Advisory Committees, Individual Testing, Examiners