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Crossley, Scott; Clevinger, Amanda; Kim, YouJin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
There has been a growing interest in the use of integrated tasks in the field of second language testing to enhance the authenticity of language tests. However, the role of text integration in test takers' performance has not been widely investigated. The purpose of the current study is to examine the effects of text-based relational (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Connected Discourse, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
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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