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  • 1. Testing: Back to Basics. Abdellatif Zoubair zoubair2@hotmail.com June 09
  • 2. Outline1. Definition2. Main principles3. Test types4. Test design procedure5. Use of statistics6. Technolgy and testing7. Bibliography June 09
  • 3. I. Definition:« a . . . . . . of measuring a person’sability, . . . . . . . . . . or . . . . . . . . . . .in a given . . . . . . . . « June 09
  • 4. « a method of measuring a person’s ability,knowledge or performance in a givendomain. » D. Brown, 2004. June 09
  • 5. Terminolgy-Performance vs knowledge-Quiz vs test-Testing vs assessment-Assessment vs evaluation June 09
  • 6. II. Main principles1. Usefulness2. Practicality3. Validity4. Reliability5. Authenticity June 09
  • 7. Main principles (cont’d)6. Transparency7. Washback8. Security9. Fairness10. . . . June 09
  • 8. III. Taxonomies a. Henning (1987):1. Diagnosis and feedback2. Screening and selection3. Placement4. Program evaluation5. Providing research criteria6. Assessment of attitudes and socio- psychological differences June 09
  • 9. b. Alderson, Clapham and Wall (1995): 1. placement 2. progress 3. achievement 4. proficiency 5. diagnostic June 09
  • 10. c. objective vs. subjective testsd. high- vs. low-stakes testse. formative vs summative-..... June 09
  • 11. h. Traditional vs. Alternative Assessment. Refer to comparative chart June 09
  • 12. Types:-self-assessment-portfolios-student-designed tests-projects-presentations-.... June 09
  • 13. IV. Test design procedure:a. planning: -decide on purpose -check course content -write specifications June 09
  • 14. b. development: -format -grading -piloting June 09
  • 15. c. administration: -test conditions and procedures -organize equipment needed June 09
  • 16. d. post-test -grading -statistics -item analysis -reporting June 09
  • 17. e. reflection: -purpose -validity and reliability -future changes June 09
  • 18. V. Statistics:a. whatb. rationale: -information on students performance -test reliability -course content -teaching June 09
  • 19. c. how: -the mean -the pass/failure rate -histograms - ..... June 09
  • 20. VI. Technology and testinga. history: -1935: IBM model 805 -1970: Book on computerized testing (Holtzman) -...? June 09
  • 21. b. main uses: -CMT/CAT -CBT -CAT -Web/internet-based testing June 09
  • 22. VII. Bibliography:-Alderson, J. Charles, Caroline Clapham and Dianne Wall. 1995. Test Construction and Evaluation. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.-Bachman, Lyle F. 1990. Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.-Brown, H.D. 2004. Language Assessment: Principles and classroom practices. New York: Pearson Longman.-Coombe, C., Folse, K., & Hubley, N. (2007). A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners. Ann Arbor, MI.: University of Michigan Press. June 09
  • 23. -Fulcher, G. Computers in Language Testing. In Brett, P. and G.Motteram (Eds) 2000, A Special Interest in Computers. Manchester:IATEFL Publications, 93 – 107.-Fulcher, G. & Davidson, F. 2007. Language Testing andAssessment: An Advanced Resource Book. Routledge AppliedLinguistics Series.-Fulcher, G. 1995. The Language Testers Guide to Cyberspace.Language Testing Update July 1995, 17, 62 - 65. Last updated: 9th June 2008.Also available at:http://www.le.ac.uk/education/testing/ltrfile/cybertxt.html#top June 09
  • 24. -Fulcher, G. Resources in Language Testing (website) (http://www.dundee.ac.uk/languagestudies/ltest/ltr.html)-Heaton, J. B. 1988. Writing English Language Tests. Harlow, England:Longman Press.-Hughes, Arthur. 2003. Testing for Language Teachers (2nd Edition). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. June 09
  • 25. Thank you for your patience! June 09

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