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Li, Jiuliang – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
In language testing programs, different test forms are often used to administer the same test. Demonstrating the comparability of these forms is essential to avoid criticisms of potential test unfairness. However, studies with this objective are scarce. This study aims to investigate the extent to which the picture-prompt writing tasks of three…
Descriptors: Writing Tests, Language Tests, Check Lists, Culture Fair Tests
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He, Lianzhen; Min, Shangchao – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
The first aim of this study was to develop a computer adaptive EFL test (CALT) that assesses test takers' listening and reading proficiency in English with dichotomous items and polytomous testlets. We reported in detail on the development of the CALT, including item banking, determination of suitable item response theory (IRT) models for item…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Pan, Mingwei; Qian, David D. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
Grammar assessment has long been a pivotal and regular component of almost all high-stakes English tests in China. In writing grammar items, however, test developers tend to depend largely on their individual knowledge of grammar, or even intuition, without much reference to the typicality or de facto uses of the language. To address this problem…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grammar, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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Zou, Shen; Xu, Qian – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
Washback and fairness are interrelated in validity research, and thus an investigation into washback inevitably involves fairness. This article reports Phase One of a washback study of "Test for English Majors for Grade Eight" (TEM8). Phase One was a questionnaire survey administered to university program administrators. Two research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, English (Second Language), Test Bias
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Wang, Xiaoying – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
This article reports on a case study of how an experienced EFL teacher assessed her students in her oral English course at a university in China. Data were collected over one semester through document analysis, classroom observation and recording, interviews, and student journals. Analysis revealed that the teacher assessed her students through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Zhang, Limei; Goh, Christine C. M.; Kunnan, Antony John – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
This study investigates the relationships between test takers' metacognitive and cognitive strategy use through a questionnaire and their test performance on an English as a Foreign Language reading test. A total of 593 Chinese college test takers responded to a 38-item metacognitive and cognitive strategy questionnaire and a 50-item reading test.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Reading Tests, Metacognition
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Wolfersberger, Mark – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2013
This article argues that task representation should be considered as part of the construct of classroom-based academic writing. Task representation is a process that writers move through when creating a unique mental model of the requirements for each new writing task they encounter. Writers' task representations evolve throughout the composing…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Reading, Comprehension, Persuasive Discourse
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Gui, Min – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2012
This study explored whether American and Chinese English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers differ in their evaluations of student oral performance by examining the assessments of two groups of raters in an undergraduate speech competition. Each of the 21 contestants presented a 3-min prepared speech on a required topic, responded to a follow-up…
Descriptors: English Teachers, English (Second Language), College Faculty, Speech Communication
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Lianzhen, He; Luxia, Qi – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2010
This article presents an interview with Professor Gui Shichun, a well-known figure in the academic field in China. Professor Shichun is credited with being the first scholar who introduced applied linguistics studies into China. He has established several other records of "the first in China," hence has long been called "the brave…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Applied Linguistics, Testing, Language Tests
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Yu, Guoxing – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2010
Comparability studies on computer- and paper-based reading tests have focused on short texts and selected-response items via almost exclusively statistical modeling of test performance. The psychological effects of presentation mode and computer familiarity on individual students are under-researched. In this study, 157 students read extended…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Familiarity, Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language)
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Zhang, Ying; Elder, Catherine – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2009
The College English Test-Spoken English Test is a nationwide spoken English test designed to assess the oral communicative ability of Chinese university and college students who have undertaken compulsory English study at a Chinese university. This article describes the test and evaluates it in terms of reliability, validity, authenticity,…
Descriptors: Test Results, Language Tests, Rating Scales, Foreign Countries