Validating Second Language Reading Examinations

Validating Second Language Reading Examinations

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qValidating Second Language Reading Examinations describes the development of an empirical framework for test validation and comparison of reading tests at different proficiency levels through a critical evaluation of alignment with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It focuses on contextual parameters, cognitive processing operations and test results and identifies parameters for the description of different levels of reading proficiency examinations. The volume explores procedures for linking tests to the CEFR and proposes both qualitative and quantitative methods that complement the procedures recommended in the Council of Europe's Relating Language Examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): A Manual, piloted in 2003 and revised 2009. Key features of the book include: - a detailed review of the literature on CEFR alignment, vertical scaling, test specifications and test comparability - a comprehensive and coherent approach to the validation of reading tests - an accessible and systematic description of procedures for collecting validity evidence based on a sound theoretical framework - a case study comparing different testing systems targeting the same CEFR levelq--and forms to achieve unified text in different modes (e.g. casual conversation, argumentative essay, or recipe). ... language ability outlined the interrelationships between different competence components, with strategic competence playing a anbsp;...

Title:Validating Second Language Reading Examinations
Author:Rachel Yi-fen Wu
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2014-09-25


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