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Soohye Yeom; Lorena Llosa – Language Testing in Asia, 2024
With the increased popularity of English-medium instruction (EMI) in higher education, many East Asian universities are using international English proficiency tests to make admissions and placement decisions. Since these tests were not originally designed for the EMI contexts, validity evidence is needed to support the use of these tests in this…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Student Placement, Language of Instruction
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Ho, Soi Kei; Gan, Zhengdong – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
This comparative study investigated the associations between instructional practices and students' reading performance among 10 top performing regions that participated in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018. A nationally representative sample consisting of 80,016 15-year-old students from 5 Asian regions (B-S-J-Z [China],…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Zhang, Ci; Xu, XiaoShu; Zhang, Yunfeng – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
This study presents the validation process of a listening test based on a communicative language test proposed by Bachman (Fundamental considerations in language testing, 1990). It was administered to third-grade high school students by the sixteen Korean Provincial Offices of Education for Curriculum and Evaluation in September 2012 to assess…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Listening Comprehension Tests
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Shin, Dongil; Park, Soohyeon; Cho, Eunhae – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
Research on language planning and policy (LPP) has transcended beyond enacting government-initiated language policy and progressed towards uncovering inherent power relations. The discourse-analytical approach (DA) effectively captures the relation between texts and other elements of social practices. Therefore, this approach has been adopted to…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Discourse Analysis
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Choi, Yoonhee; Chun, Jihye – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
This study reviews the French examination of the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT), the most influential and highest-stakes test in Korea. The CSAT score has considerable influence on university admissions, and admission to a highly ranked university is generally a prerequisite for socioeconomic success. From this perspective, the…
Descriptors: French, High Stakes Tests, Foreign Countries, Standardized Tests
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Yi, Yeon-Sook – Language Testing in Asia, 2021
In cognitive diagnostic modeling research, one area that has not had enough research interests is remedial learning or instruction based on the information provided by cognitive diagnostic assessment (CDA). The present study tries to address this research gap by looking into the usefulness of the fine-grained score reports based on CDA in two…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Cognitive Ability, Diagnostic Tests, Scores
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Kim, Hyunwoo – Language Testing in Asia, 2020
The halo effect is raters' undesirable tendency to assign more similar ratings across rating criteria than they should. The impacts of the halo effect on ratings have been studied in rater-mediated L2 writing assessment. Little is known, however, about the extent to which rating criteria order in analytic rating scales is associated with the…
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Writing Evaluation, Second Languages, Item Response Theory
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Shin, Dongil; Cho, Eunhae – Language Testing in Asia, 2020
Drawing on critical discourse analysis methodologies, this study examines the discursive conflicts and strategies employed by newspaper media surrounding the National English Ability Test (NEAT) in Korea. NEAT was reported to cause severe competition among young learners of English and lacked public support. Discursive conflicts over whether NEAT…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Newspapers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Shin, Dongil – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
The purpose of this study is to analyze newspaper articles from three publications ("Chosun Ilbo," "Donga Ilbo," and "JoongAng Ilbo") regarding a newly developed high-stakes English test in South Korea, the National English Ability Test (NEAT), from the viewpoint of critical discourse analysis. All of the articles…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Newspapers, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Yan, Wei; Cheng, Liying – Language Testing in Asia, 2015
The present study investigated the key determinants of Chinese students' academic success in terms of GPA and the number of credit hours earned in Korean Universities. The determinants investigated included gender, age, prior academic performance, academic self-efficacy, the TOPIK score, self-perceived Korean and English proficiency, and the…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Asians, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students
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Sato, Takanori; Ikeda, Naoki – Language Testing in Asia, 2015
Background: High-stakes tests have an immense washback effect on what students learn and affect the content of student learning. However, if students fail to recognize the abilities that the test developers intend to measure, they are less likely to learn what the test developers wish them to learn. This study aims to investigate test-taker…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Testing Problems, Test Items, College Students
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Haggerty, John F.; Fox, Janna – Language Testing in Asia, 2015
Drawing on second language (L2) motivation constructs modelled on Dörnyei's (2009) L2 Motivational Self System, this study explores the relationship between language testing experience and the motivation to learn English among young adolescents (aged 12-15) in South Korea. A 40-item questionnaire was administered to middle-school students (N =…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
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Crosthwaite, Peter R.; Bailey, Daniel R.; Meeker, Ashley – Language Testing in Asia, 2015
Background: This study investigates the effectiveness and fairness of teacher-led assessment of students' in-class participation and its effect on actual participation levels and language test scores, taking into account the diversity of second language learners' learning styles. Methods: The level of participation was measured across ten criteria…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests