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Test Construction

  1. 1. TESTING Guidelines for Test Construction
  2. 2. Guidelines for Test Construction What is testing? “ Testing is generally concerned with turning performance into numbers .” (Baxter, 1997)
  3. 3. <ul><li>Inform learners and teachers of the strengths and </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate learners to review or consolidate specific material </li></ul><ul><li>Guide the planning/development of the ongoing teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if the objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Create a sense of accomplishment </li></ul>Guidelines for Test Construction What are tests for? weaknesses of the process process have been achieved
  4. 4. <ul><li>Specific guidelines </li></ul>How are tests designed? <ul><li>Moderation of mark </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization of </li></ul>Guidelines for Test Construction scheme examiners
  5. 5. tasks Specific Guidelines <ul><li>Appropriate sample of </li></ul><ul><li>Discriminación of </li></ul><ul><li>Level of difficulty </li></ul>Guidelines for Test Construction <ul><li>Moderation of </li></ul>test takers content
  6. 6. <ul><li>Clarity of tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate timing </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent layout </li></ul><ul><li>Overlapping of </li></ul>Guidelines for Test Construction Specific Guidelines <ul><li>Biased criteria </li></ul>content/format
  7. 7. <ul><li>Acceptable responses </li></ul><ul><li>Intelligibility of </li></ul><ul><li>Subjectivity in </li></ul><ul><li>Weighting and </li></ul>Guidelines for Test Construction Moderation of Mark Scheme computation productive tasks mark scheme
  8. 8. <ul><li>Agreement on criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Trial assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Review of procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up checks </li></ul>Standardization of Examiners Guidelines for Test Construction
  9. 9. <ul><li>University of Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>British Council </li></ul><ul><li> Word Skills </li></ul><ul><li>About. com </li></ul><ul><li>One Stop English </li></ul>References Guidelines for Test Construction Useful Links
  10. 10. Baxter, A. (1997). Evaluating your Students . Richmond Publishing. Carrington, P. (1994). Testing, Testing . Cambridge University Press. Hughes, A. (1989). Testing for Language Teachers . Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers. McCann, P. (2000) Assessment . Heinemann Publishing. Guidelines for Test Construction References
  11. 11. TESTING Guidelines for Test Construction

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