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Sawaki, Yasuyo; Sinharay, Sandip – Language Testing, 2018
The present study examined the reliability of the reading, listening, speaking, and writing section scores for the TOEFL iBT® test and their interrelationship in order to collect empirical evidence to support, respectively, the "generalization" inference and the "explanation" inference in the TOEFL iBT validity argument…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Testing
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Yi, Yeon-Sook – Language Testing, 2017
The present study examines the relative importance of attributes within and across items by applying four cognitive diagnostic assessment models. The current study utilizes the function of the models that can indicate inter-attribute relationships that reflect the response behaviors of examinees to analyze scored test-taker responses to four forms…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Language Tests
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Yoo, Hanwook; Manna, Venessa F. – Language Testing, 2017
This study assessed the factor structure of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) Listening and Reading test, and its invariance across subgroups of test-takers. The subgroups were defined by (a) gender, (b) age, (c) employment status, (d) time spent studying English, and (e) having lived in a country where English is the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Second Language Learning
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LaFlair, Geoffrey T.; Isbell, Daniel; May, L. D. Nicolas; Gutierrez Arvizu, Maria Nelly; Jamieson, Joan – Language Testing, 2017
Language programs need multiple test forms for secure administrations and effective placement decisions, but can they have confidence that scores on alternate test forms have the same meaning? In large-scale testing programs, various equating methods are available to ensure the comparability of forms. The choice of equating method is informed by…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Equated Scores, Testing Programs, Comparative Analysis
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Harding, Luke; Alderson, J. Charles; Brunfaut, Tineke – Language Testing, 2015
Alderson, Brunfaut and Harding (2014) recently investigated how diagnosis is practised across a range of professions in order to develop a tentative framework for a theory of diagnosis in second or foreign language (SFL) assessment. In articulating this framework, a set of five broad principles were proposed, encompassing the entire enterprise of…
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Language Tests, Reading Tests, Second Language Learning
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Gu, Lin – Language Testing, 2015
In this study I examined the dimensionality of the latent ability underlying language use that is needed to fulfill the demands young learners face in English-medium instructional environments, where English is used as the means of instruction for teaching subject matters. Previous research on English language use by school-age children provided…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), English Language Learners
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Batty, Aaron Olaf – Language Testing, 2015
The rise in the affordability of quality video production equipment has resulted in increased interest in video-mediated tests of foreign language listening comprehension. Although research on such tests has continued fairly steadily since the early 1980s, studies have relied on analyses of raw scores, despite the growing prevalence of item…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Comparative Analysis, Video Technology, Audio Equipment
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Powers, Donald E.; Powers, Andrew – Language Testing, 2015
Typically, English language proficiency tests yield multiple scores--usually for each of the four traditional language domains. In order to maximize the usefulness of test scores, they may need to be accompanied by information concerning how they complement one another. Using self-assessments by some 2300 TOEIC test takers, this study aimed to…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Prediction
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Eckes, Thomas – Language Testing, 2014
Testlets are subsets of test items that are based on the same stimulus and are administered together. Tests that contain testlets are in widespread use in language testing, but they also share a fundamental problem: Items within a testlet are locally dependent with possibly adverse consequences for test score interpretation and use. Building on…
Descriptors: Test Items, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, German
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Lee, HyeSun; Winke, Paula – Language Testing, 2013
We adapted three practice College Scholastic Ability Tests (CSAT) of English listening, each with five-option items, to create four- and three-option versions by asking 73 Korean speakers or learners of English to eliminate the least plausible options in two rounds. Two hundred and sixty-four Korean high school English-language learners formed…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Stakeholders, Reliability, Listening Comprehension Tests
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Cai, Hongwen – Language Testing, 2013
Partial dictation is a measure of EFL listening proficiency that can be easily constructed, administered, and scored by EFL teachers. However, it is controversial whether this form of test measures lower-order abilities exclusively or involves both lower- and higher-order abilities. In order to answer this question, a study was designed to examine…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Listening Comprehension Tests, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Song, Min-Young – Language Testing, 2012
This study investigated the relationships among the quality of L2 test takers' notes evaluated in terms of different levels of information and test takers' performance on open-ended listening tasks tapping into different comprehension subskills. In addition, this study examined the invariance of the structural relationships among the variables…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Listening Comprehension Tests, Listening Comprehension, Notetaking
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Harding, Luke – Language Testing, 2012
This paper reports on an investigation of the potential for a shared-L1 advantage on an academic English listening test featuring speakers with L2 accents. Two hundred and twelve second-language listeners (including 70 Mandarin Chinese L1 listeners and 60 Japanese L1 listeners) completed three versions of the University Test of English as a Second…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Listening Comprehension Tests, Mandarin Chinese, Pronunciation
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Filipi, Anna – Language Testing, 2012
The Assessment of Language Competence (ALC) certificates is an annual, international testing program developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research to test the listening and reading comprehension skills of lower to middle year levels of secondary school. The tests are developed for three levels in French, German, Italian and…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Item Response Theory, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Bunch, Michael B. – Language Testing, 2011
Title III of Public Law 107-110 (No Child Left Behind; NCLB) provided for creation of assessments of English language learners (ELLs) and established, through the Enhanced Assessment Grant program, a platform from which four consortia of states developed ELL tests aligned to rigorous statewide content standards. Those four tests (ACCESS for ELLs,…
Descriptors: Test Items, Student Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Formative Evaluation
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