Kinds of Tests and Testing
Kinds of Tests and Testing by Lorena Reyes
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Testing and Evaluation
26 Jan 15
Kinds of tests
Kinds of testing
Direct versus indirect
Discrete point versus integrative
Norm-referenced versus criterion-referenced
Objective testing versus subjective
Ability in a language.
Content Proficient candidate
They are not
based on courses
•Translator at United
•To study at a British
•FCE (Cambridge First
Certificate of Proficiency
Directly related to language courses.
Final achievement tests
• End of the course.
• Syllabus content
• Objectives content - consistent
Progress achievement tests
• Formative assessment
• Progress = objectives
Strengths and weaknesses.
Comprehensive diagnostic test of English grammar.
Place students in the part of the teaching
programme that is most appropriate to their
Direct: the candidate performs the skill we want to
◦ Authentic material.
◦ Helpful backwash.
Indirect: we measure the abilities that underlie the
skills we are interested in.
◦ Writing ability
Which of the underlined elements is erroneous or
inappropriate in formal standard English?:
At first the old woman seemed unwilling to
accept anything that was offered her by my friend and I.
One element at a time. Combination of many elements.
Vocabulary, particular grammatical
Writing a composition, taking a
Relates one candidate’s
performance to that of other
Tells what the student is
capable of doing in the
Methods of scoring
Objective: no judgment.
◦ Multiple choice tests
◦ Compositions, short answers.
Order of difficulty.
The computer presents items that are
appropriate for the candidate’s level of
Dependable estimate – statistical analysis.
Communicative ability in specific contexts.
Information gap, letter writing.