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Purpura, James E.; Davoodifard, Mashad; Voss, Erik – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The online placement test for the Community English Language Program (CLP) at Teachers College, Columbia University has been administered in a computer lab since 2015. While most of the components of this placement exam system are online, including registration, exam delivery, scoring, and score reporting, the COVID-19 pandemic elevated the need…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Language Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Muhammad, Ananda Astrini; Ockey, Gary J. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Responding to the challenge of delivering valid assessments during the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic was certainly not easy. However, the efforts will undoubtedly lead to developments in the field of language assessment. This special issue closes with a brief summary of the commentaries it contains and raises some unanswered…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Evaluation Methods
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Papageorgiou, Spiros; Manna, Venessa F. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The TOEFL iBT test was introduced in 2005 to better reflect the language demands of real-life academic tasks than did previous versions of the test. The task-based design of the test was intended to support the interpretation of its scores as a trustworthy measure of international students' ability to use English in an academic environment. Until…
Descriptors: Academic Language, COVID-19, Pandemics, Scores
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Ockey, Gary J.; Muhammad, Ananda Astrini; Prasetyo, Agustinus Hardi; Elnegahy, Sondoss; Kochem, Timothy; Neiriz, Reza; Kim, Haeun; Beck, Jeanne – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the Iowa State University administration to impose face coverings and other safety regulations across the university campus. To comply with these safety measures, several changes to the English Placement Test of Oral Communication (EPT OC) had to be made. This paper discusses how the EPT OC was adapted to comply with…
Descriptors: State Universities, Placement Tests, Student Placement, Speech Communication
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Clark, Tony; Spiby, Richard; Tasviri, Reza – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The sheer scale of the IELTS [International English Language Testing System] testing infrastructure and its unique position in the world of international education dictated some of the particular challenges that the IELTS Partners (British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge Assessment English) faced after the closure of test centres during the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Decision Making, Language Tests
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Green, Brent A.; Lung, Ying Suet Michelle – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
In this commentary, we describe the English language placement adaptations we were required to make due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a brief description of our placement test battery which was adapted to address our institution's move to a remote teaching/learning mode. A discussion of the major challenges we experienced, their…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Wagner, Elvis; Krylova, Anna – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to do in-person, on campus testing, we were forced to create a new system to screen International Teaching Assistants (ITA) for Temple university. We used this opportunity to address many of the concerns and problems that we had identified with the previous test, and created a new test that could be…
Descriptors: Placement Tests, COVID-19, Pandemics, Computer Assisted Testing
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Ockey, Gary J. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic led to rapid innovation among language assessment developers who had to adapt their testing processes to address various restrictions from governments and institutions. This overview introduces some of the challenges and opportunities test developers grappled with during this period as well as introduces┬áthe six commentaries…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Placement Tests, Barriers
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Hashimoto, Brett James – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Modern vocabulary size tests are generally based on the notion that the more frequent a word is in a language, the more likely a learner will know that word. However, this assumption has been seldom questioned in the literature concerning vocabulary size tests. Using the Vocabulary of American-English Size Test (VAST) based on the Corpus of…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo; Inoue, Chihiro; Taylor, Lynda – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
This mixed methods study compared IELTS examiners' scores when assessing spoken performances under live and two 'non-live' testing conditions using audio and video recordings. Six IELTS examiners assessed 36 test-takers' performances under the live, audio, and video rating conditions. Scores in the three rating modes were calibrated using the…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Audio Equipment, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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Choi, Ikkyu; Deane, Paul – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Keystroke logs provide a comprehensive record of observable writing processes. Previous studies examining the keystroke logs of young L1 English writers performing experimental writing tasks have identified writing processes features predictive of the quality of responses. Contrarily, large-scale studies on the dynamic and temporal nature of L2…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Writing Evaluation, Computer Assisted Testing, Learning Analytics
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Kyle, Kristopher; Crossley, Scott A.; Jarvis, Scott – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Indices of lexical diversity have been used to estimate the size of a writer's vocabulary and/or a writer's lexical proficiency for some time. One issue with many commonly used indices of lexical diversity (e.g., TTR and index) is that they vary as a function of text length. Accordingly, much research has been devoted to the development of indices…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Persuasive Discourse
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Frost, Kellie; Wigglesworth, Gillian; Clothier, Josh – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The use of integrated tasks to test English-speaking skills raises questions about the impact of comprehension on test score outcomes, and the impact of stimulus materials on test-taker strategic behaviours. This study analysed speaking performances and verbal report data to examine the strategies used by test takers at different levels of…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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Park, Mi Sun – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2020
In the present study, I examined the effects of rater characteristics, in particular, raters' familiarity with a foreign accent, on the assessment of second language (L2) pronunciation. Forty-three native English-speaking teachers were divided into three groups according to their reported types of familiarity with Korean accents: heritage,…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Familiarity, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Yeom, Soohye; Jun, Henry – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2020
This study investigated whether young Korean students learning English as a foreign language (EFL) engage in similar processes when responding to reading comprehension questions delivered in two different test-presentation modes: paper and computer. It examined the relationship between the two modes and test-takers' reading comprehension…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Strategies, Test Wiseness
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