This accessible book examines issues such as test design, the rating process, validity, measurement, and the social dimension of language testing. It looks at both traditional and newer forms of language assessment, and the challenges posed by new views.
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Testing testing What is a language test?
Communication and the design of language tests
The testing cycle
testing the test
B Measurement 5 5
The social character of language tests
achievement tests ALAN DAVIES analysis Applied Linguistics approach aspects Bachman behaviour candidate's candidates Chapter Classical Test Theory classroom cloze test communicative competence computer-adaptive tests construct validity context criterion-referenced tests Critical language testing discrete point tests discussion domain educational English Language evaluated examination example face validity formance grammar guage test impact individual inferences inter-rater reliability interaction interpretation involves issues Item Response Theory job analysis judgements knowledge language ability language assessment learners mance measurement ment Merrill Swain native speakers norm-referenced Oller oral particular performance tests psychometric questions raters rating scales relevant reliability response format role Savignon second language skills social strategic competence teachers teaching test construct test content test design test development test items test materials test method test of English test performance test scores test tasks test validation test-takers testers tests of speaking Text tion TOEFL typically understanding vocabulary washback