Language Test Construction and Evaluation

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Cambridge University Press, May 26, 1995 - Education - 310 pages
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Language Test Construction and Evaluation describes the process of language test construction clearly and comprehensively. Each chapter deals with one stage of the test construction process; from drafting initial test specifications, to reporting test scores, test validation and washback. In addition, current practice in the examining of English as a Foreign Language by different examining boards is reviewed in order to compare testing principles with present test practice. The focus is on the practical: it does not assume a statistical background but explains and demystifies the procedures and concepts that are relevant to the construction and evaluation of language tests. Language Test Construction and Evaluation will provide an invaluable reference for anyone who wishes to understand how language tests are, and should be, constructed.
 

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Contents

Origins and overview
1
Test specifications
9
Item writing and moderation
40
Pretesting and analysis
73
The training of examiners and administrators
105
Monitoring examiner reliability
128
Reporting scores and setting pass marks
148
Validation
170
Posttest reports
197
Developing and improving tests
218
Appendices
261
Glossary
286
Abbreviations and acronyms
297
Index
305
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