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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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Chong, Sin Wang – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
Classroom assessment has always been an indispensible and integral part of any curriculum. In particular, assessment plays the role of reporting students' learning summatively (assessment of learning), providing diagnostic and formative information for teachers to inform their instruction (assessment for learning); more recently, Earl (2013)…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Models, Written Language, Feedback (Response)
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Chen, Pei-Hua; Fu, Jen-Tso – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
The Revised Preschool Language Assessment (RPLA) is a standardized measure for examining the language status of and determining potential language difficulties among preschoolers between 3 and 6 years old. To facilitate the applicability of the RPLA for use with Mandarin-speaking children, the present study adopted exploratory factor analysis…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Preschool Children, Language Tests, Standardized Tests
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Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Oh, Saerhim; Wang, Yuan; Tsutagawa, Fred S. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
The purpose of this study is to investigate the developmental writing patterns of English as a foreign language (EFL) students across different score levels through a TOEFL Junior® writing task. The sample of this study comprised 2,016 young adolescent EFL students, ranging from 10 to 15 years old, who took the TOEFL Junior test. We performed a…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Writing Skills
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Yoon, Hyung-Jo – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
This study has two research purposes related to L2 writing development. The first aim of this study is to explore how L2 learners receiving intensive ESL instruction develop their writing proficiency (writing quality from an analytic rubric) across two writing tasks (narrative and argumentative writing) over one semester. Limiting its focus to…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Lin, Chih-Kai – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
With multiple options to choose from, there is always a chance of lucky guessing by examinees on multiple-choice (MC) items, thereby potentially introducing bias in item difficulty estimates. Correct responses by random guessing thus pose threats to the validity of claims made from test performance on an MC test. Under the Rasch framework, the…
Descriptors: Guessing (Tests), Item Response Theory, Multiple Choice Tests, Language Tests
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Huang, Becky H.; Flores, Belinda Bustos – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
This test review aims to provide a critical evaluation of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21), a large-scale, standards-based English language proficiency testcurrently used in eight participating member states. The ELPA 21 assessment system was developed by a consortium to help English language learner (ELL)…
Descriptors: English, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, English Language Learners
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Kang, Okim; Johnson, David – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
Suprasegmental features have received growing attention in the field of oral assessment. In this article we describe a set of computer algorithms that automatically scores the oral proficiency of non-native speakers using unconstrained English speech. The algorithms employ machine learning and 11 suprasegmental measures divided into four groups…
Descriptors: Suprasegmentals, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Oral English
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Faulkner-Bond, Molly; Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Wells, Craig S.; Sireci, Stephen G. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
In this study we investigated the internal factor structure of a large-scale K--12 assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) using samples of fourth- and eighth-grade English learners (ELs) in one state. While U.S. schools are mandated to measure students' ELP in four language domains (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), some ELP…
Descriptors: Factor Structure, Language Tests, Language Proficiency, Grade 4
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Schindler, Julia; Richter, Tobias; Isberner, Maj-Britt; Naumann, Johannes; Neeb, Yvonne – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
Reading comprehension is based on the efficient accomplishment of several cognitive processes at the word, sentence, and text level. To the extent that each of these processes contributes to reading comprehension, it can cause reading difficulties if it is deficient. To identify individual sources of reading difficulties, tools are required that…
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Language Tests, Grammar, Task Analysis
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Tengberg, Michael – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
Reading comprehension is often treated as a multidimensional construct. In many reading tests, items are distributed over reading process categories to represent the subskills expected to constitute comprehension. This study explores (a) the extent to which specified subskills of reading comprehension tests are conceptually conceivable to…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Reading Comprehension, Scores, Test Results
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Gokturk, Nazlinur – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
The number of public school students who are English learners (ELs) has been increasing steadily in the United States. According to a report by Snyder, de Brey, and Dillow (2016), in the 2014-2015 school year, nearly 4.6 million students enrolled in Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) in U.S. schools were English learners, representing…
Descriptors: Public Schools, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cai, Yuyang; Kunnan, Antony John – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
This study examined the separability of domain-general and domain-specific content knowledge from Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) reading ability. A pool of 1,491 nursing students in China participated by responding to a nursing English test and a nursing knowledge test. Primary data analysis involved four steps: (a) conducting a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Item Response Theory, Structural Equation Models, English for Special Purposes
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Carlsen, Cecilie Hamnes – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
This article reports on a study of foreign students' success in higher education in Norway and focuses specifically on the relation between academic success and students' proficiency level of Norwegian as measured by a CEFR-based university entrance test. This study is distinguished from prior studies because it sets out to investigate not only…
Descriptors: Language Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Deygers, Bart; Zeidler, Beate; Vilcu, Dina; Carlsen, Cecilie Hamnes – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
Fifteen years after its publication, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a commonly used document in language tests and policies across Europe. This article considers the CEFR's impact on university entrance language tests and policies that are used to regulate the entrance of international L2 students who wish to study in…
Descriptors: Guidelines, College Admission, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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