THE IMPORTANCE FOR TEST TAKERSTO LEARN ASSESSMENT LITERACY
Purpose of AssessmentPrimary: To make an inference about the test taker’s language abilitySecondary: Placement Selection Diagnosis Certificate
Test takers purpose Prepare for the test Review their Take the learning test process Receive test resultsThrough these processes, they learn to developtheir language ability.
To help test takers make the most out of these learningprocesses, simply leaving everything up to them would notbe enough.
Teaching Assessment Literacy There are at least two reasons for teaching assessment literacy to test takers:
First, it is important for the test taker to overcome a psychological barrier and make the best use of assessment. If holding fear or anxiety towards the test is normal among test takers, helping them to be relieved from such a negative emotion becomes crucial.
Second, it seems unlikely that test takers are motivated by tests unless they are actively involved in the process. How to get them involved in the process? By preparing them for examinations.
Qualities of good testing practice: Quality and fairness Quality – this means validity, reliability, impact and practicality. Validity The extent to which exam marks can be considered a true reflection of underlying ability. Reliability The extent to which test results are consistent, accurate and, therefore, dependable. Impact The positive effect of a test on test takers, including society as a whole. Practicality The extent to which a test is workable in terms of the resources needed.
ConclusionAssessment literacy should be incorporated in a learningtraining programme.The importance of monitoring the system of learningstrategies.The promotion of assessment literacy not only among testtakers but also among teachers.