Carolyn Westbrook Southampton Solent University. THE CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT – Language Testing in Russia. PROSET: A step forward in testing and assessment for Russian teachers of English Library of Foreign Literature, Moscow 17 September 2013. Outline.
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Southampton Solent UniversityTHE CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT – Language Testing in Russia
PROSET: A step forward in testing and assessment for Russian teachers of English
Library of Foreign Literature, Moscow
17 September 2013
German listening test - what are we testing here?
Listen to two people talking about their pets and match the words from the text to the definitions:
1. Katze a. dog
2. Hund b. mouse
3. Kaninchen c. cat
4. Maus d. rabbit
Validation aims to achieve “explanation and understanding. Therefore, the profession is coming around to the view that all validation is construct validation”. (Cronbach, 1984: 126, in Messick, 1989: 19).
Threats to construct validity:
Construct underrepresentation: the test “fails to include important dimensions or facets of the construct”
Construct irrelevance:the test is irrelevantly difficult or easy.
(Messick, 1989: 34)
Test design: test specifications
How will it be answered?
Test taker characteristics
Test purpose / abilities / characteristics
Test tasks / types of items
How will it be scored?
Number of items and tasks
Length of test