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Aryadoust, Vahid; Foo, Stacy; Ng, Li Ying – Language Testing, 2022
The aim of this study was to investigate how test methods affect listening test takers' performance and cognitive load. Test methods were defined and operationalized as while-listening performance (WLP) and post-listening performance (PLP) formats. To achieve the goal of the study, we examined test takers' (N = 80) brain activity patterns…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Language Tests, Eye Movements, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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Liu, Tingting; Aryadoust, Vahid; Foo, Stacy – Language Testing, 2022
This study evaluated the validity of the Michigan English Test (MET) Listening Section by investigating its underlying factor structure and the replicability of its factor structure across multiple test forms. Data from 3255 test takers across four forms of the MET Listening Section were used. To investigate the factor structure, each form was…
Descriptors: Factor Structure, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Han, Chao – Language Testing, 2022
Over the past decade, testing and assessing spoken-language interpreting has garnered an increasing amount of attention from stakeholders in interpreter education, professional certification, and interpreting research. This is because in these fields assessment results provide a critical evidential basis for high-stakes decisions, such as the…
Descriptors: Translation, Language Tests, Testing, Evaluation Methods
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Roever, Carsten; Ikeda, Naoki – Language Testing, 2022
The overarching aim of the study is to explore the extent to which test takers' performances on monologic speaking tasks provide information about their interactional competence. This is an important concern from a test use perspective, as stakeholders tend to consider test scores as providing comprehensive information about all aspects of L2…
Descriptors: Scores, Language Tests, Communicative Competence (Languages), Computer Assisted Testing
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Davidson, Simon – Language Testing, 2022
This paper investigates what matters to medical domain experts when setting standards on a language for specific purposes (LSP) English proficiency test: the Occupational English Test's (OET) writing sub-test. The study explores what standard-setting participants value when making performance judgements about test candidates' writing responses,…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Writing Tests, Standard Setting, Health Personnel
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Min, Shangchao; He, Lianzhen – Language Testing, 2022
In this study, we present the development of individualized feedback for a large-scale listening assessment by combining standard setting and cognitive diagnostic assessment (CDA) approaches. We used the performance data from 3,358 students' item-level responses to a field test of a national EFL test primarily intended for tertiary-level EFL…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Shin, Ji-young – Language Testing, 2022
With the present study I investigated the sources of score variance and dependability in a local oral English proficiency test for potential international teaching assistants (ITAs) across four first language (L1) groups, and suggested alternative test designs. Using generalizability theory, I examined the relative importance of L1s (i.e., Indian,…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Language Tests, Language Proficiency, Oral Language
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Han, Chao; Xiao, Xiaoyan – Language Testing, 2022
The quality of sign language interpreting (SLI) is a gripping construct among practitioners, educators and researchers, calling for reliable and valid assessment. There has been a diverse array of methods in the extant literature to measure SLI quality, ranging from traditional error analysis to recent rubric scoring. In this study, we want to…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Sign Language, Deaf Interpreting, Evaluators
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Deygers, Bart; Vanbuel, Marieke – Language Testing, 2022
The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) is a widely used test of receptive vocabulary, but no researchers to date have examined the performance of low-educated, low-literate L2 adults, or compared these individuals' performances to their more highly educated peers. In this study, we used many-facet Rasch analysis and mixed-effects linear…
Descriptors: Literacy, Educational Background, Verbal Ability, Intelligence Tests
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Ma, Wenyue – Language Testing, 2022
Second-language (L2) testing researchers have explored the relationship between speakers' overall speaking ability, reflected by holistic scores, and the speakers' performance on speaking subcomponents, reflected by analytic scores (e.g., McNamara, 1990; Sato, 2011). These research studies have advanced applied linguists' understanding of how…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Teaching Assistants, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Min, Shangchao; Bishop, Kyoungwon; Gary Cook, Howard – Language Testing, 2022
This study explored the interplay between content knowledge and reading ability in a large-scale multistage adaptive English for academic purposes (EAP) reading assessment at a range of ability levels across 1-12 graders. The datasets for this study were item-level responses to the reading tests of ACCESS for ELLs Online 2.0. A sample of 10,000…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, English Language Learners, Correlation, Reading Ability
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Tsang, Chi Lai; Isaacs, Talia – Language Testing, 2022
This sequential mixed-methods study investigates washback on learning in a high-stakes school exit examination by examining learner perceptions and reported behaviours in relation to learners' beliefs and language learning experience, the role of other stakeholders in the washback mechanism, and socio-educational forces. The focus is the graded…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests
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Park, Yena; Lee, Senyung; Shin, Sun-Young – Language Testing, 2022
Despite consistent calls for authentic stimuli in listening tests for better construct representation, unscripted texts have been rarely adopted in high-stakes listening tests due to perceived inefficiency. This study details how a local academic listening test was developed using authentic unscripted audio-visual texts from the local target…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, English for Academic Purposes, Test Construction, Foreign Students
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Erickson, Gudrun; Borger, Linda; Olsson, Eva – Language Testing, 2022
The article addresses the local system of national assessment of foreign languages in Sweden, a contextually specific, large-scale system with a summative aim, but also a system aimed to support teachers in their continuous assessment and grading of their students' competences. In the text, the educational context and the multifaceted nature of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, National Competency Tests, Test Construction
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Fan, Jason; Frost, Kellie; Jin, Yan – Language Testing, 2022
Accompanying the still pervasive influence of the College English Test (CET), some universities in China, especially the higher-ranking ones, have in recent years devised and implemented their own local English testing regimes. This significant shift, however, has captured limited research attention. Building on considerations in local language…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, College Students
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