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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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Yu, Guoxing; Zhang, Jing – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
In this special issue on high-stakes English language testing in China, the two articles on computer-based testing (Jin & Yan; He & Min) highlight a number of consistent, ongoing challenges and concerns in the development and implementation of the nationwide IB-CET (Internet Based College English Test) and institutional computer-adaptive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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Bøhn, Henrik; Hansen, Thomas – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
This study investigated EFL teachers' orientations toward the assessment of pronunciation at the upper-secondary school level in Norway. Data were gathered from purposeful samples of 24 interview informants and 46 questionnaire respondents. The teachers were asked about their attitudes toward the assessment of nativeness and intelligibility,…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, English (Second Language), English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Ling, Guangming – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
To investigate whether the type of keyboard used in exams introduces any construct-irrelevant variance to the TOEFL iBT Writing scores, we surveyed 17,040 TOEFL iBT examinees from 24 countries on their keyboard-related perceptions and preferences and analyzed the survey responses together with their test scores. Results suggest that controlling…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Writing Tests
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Stewart, Jeffrey; McLean, Stuart; Kramer, Brandon – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
Stewart questioned vocabulary size estimation methods proposed by Beglar and Nation for the Vocabulary Size Test, further arguing Rasch mean square (MSQ) fit statistics cannot determine the proportion of random guesses contained in the average learner's raw score, because the average value will be near 1 by design. He illustrated this by…
Descriptors: Guessing (Tests), Item Response Theory, Language Tests, Vocabulary
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Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo; Inoue, Chihiro; Berry, Vivien; Galaczi, Evelina – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
This research explores how Internet-based video-conferencing technology can be used to deliver and conduct a speaking test, and what similarities and differences can be discerned between the standard and computer-mediated face-to-face modes. The context of the study is a high-stakes speaking test, and the motivation for the research is the need…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Mixed Methods Research, Internet, Speech Tests
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Jiang, Jinlin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
This interview provides a panoramic view of Antony's research interests, which includes his language-related experiences of early life, his study at UCLA, the PhD dissertation research he conducted under Lyle Bachman's supervision, and his idea of fairness. Given the specific context in which the interview was conducted, the interviewer approached…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interviews, Doctoral Dissertations, Language Tests
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Timpe-Laughlin, Veronika; Choi, Ikkyu – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
Pragmatics has been a key component of language competence frameworks. While the majority of second/foreign language (L2) pragmatics tests have targeted productive skills, the assessment of receptive pragmatic skills remains a developing field. This study explores validation evidence for a test of receptive L2 pragmatic ability called the American…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Language Tests, Test Validity, Receptive Language
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In'nami, Yo; Koizumi, Rie – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
Despite the wide use of language tests as a basis for awarding English language course credits at Japanese universities, little has been published about how universities set policies on awarding credits according to external test scores. To narrow this gap, the characteristics of such policies were investigated in relation to the EIKEN Test in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Sawaki, Yasuyo; Koizumi, Rie – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
This small-scale qualitative study considers feedback and results reported for two major large-scale English language tests administered in Japan: the Global Test of English Communication for Students (GTECfS) and the Eiken Test in Practical English Proficiency (Eiken). Specifically, it examines current score-reporting practices in student and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language Tests, Qualitative Research
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Hatasa, Yukiko; Watanabe, Tomoko – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
This article reviews assessment practices of Japanese as a second language as taught in Japan since the 1980s. It begins with an explanation of the social and political conditions that have impacted assessment practices in Japan and then addresses current assessment practices and issues. This analysis first examines large-scale tests developed in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Japanese, Language Tests
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Saito, Hidetoshi; Inoi, Shin'ichi – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2017
Despite the rising interest in the practice of formative assessment (FA) in language classrooms, research has rarely examined the factors that contribute to differential use of FA. The present study adopts an explanatory sequential mixed-method design to examine differences in FA use among Japanese junior and senior high school EFL (English as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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