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ARE WE TESTING WHAT WE WANT TO TEST?. Carole Thomas Bilkent University, Turkey. The Focus of this Talk. The specification of the COPE. To introduce the COPE examination. Lessons learnt from the specification. Some Observations. The COPE Exam. LISTENING 30 items. LANGUAGE 35 items.

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are we testing what we want to test

ARE WE TESTING WHAT WE WANT TO TEST?

Carole Thomas

Bilkent University, Turkey

the focus of this talk

The Focus of this Talk

The specification of the COPE

To introduce the COPE examination

Lessons learnt from the specification

Some Observations

the cope exam

The COPE Exam

LISTENING 30 items

LANGUAGE 35 items

READING 35 items

WRITING 1 essay 350 words

SPEAKING paired interview 12 mins

the cope linking project

The COPE Linking Project

SPECIFICATION

FAMILIARISATION

STANDARDISATION

EMPIRICAL VALIDATION

the reading construct

The Reading Construct

This involves employing reading strategies as well as grammatical, lexical and discoursal knowledge.

Reading is the skill of extracting directly stated and/or inferred information from a written text.

The underlying strategies and competencies required for the reading paper are as defined in the BUSEL syllabus.

observations

Observations

Understanding the specification process is as important as being familiar with the CEFR

Specification is VITAL to the integrity of the test

Without a systematic specification we cannot even begin the linking process

For us the combination of the CEFR and Weir’s framework was an appropriate solution

contact

Contact

Carole Thomas

[email protected]

Bilkent University School of English Language

http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~busel/

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