Kinds of tests
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Kinds of tests
Types of Tests
Robbie Liza E.
Why do we need tests?
Test scores educational decisions
Test scores performance/ true ability
Types of tests (purposes)
• Proficiency tests
• Diagnostic tests
• Placement tests
• Achievement tests
• Aptitude tests
• A proficiency test is not intended to be limited to
any one course, curriculum, or single skill in the
• Proficiency tests have traditionally consisted of
standardized multiplechoice items on
grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension,
aural comprehension, and sometimes of a
sample of writing.
• A diagnostic test is designed to diagnose a particular
aspect of a particular language.
• A diagnostic test in pronunciation might have the
purpose of determining which particular phonological
features of the language pose difficulty for a learner.
• Identify students’ strengths and weaknesses.
• To benefit future instruction.
• Placement tests whose purpose is to place a student in
a particular level or section of a language curriculum or
• A placement test typically includes a sampling of
material to be covered in the curriculum (that is, it has
content validity), and it thereby provides an indication of
the point at which the student will find a level or class to
be neither too easy nor too difficult but to be appro
• An achievement test is related directly to classroom
lessons, units, or even a total curriculum.
• Achievement tests are limited to particular material
covered in a curriculum within a particular time frame.
• A foreign language aptitude test is designed to measure
a person's capacity or general ability to learn a foreign
language and to be successful in that undertaking.
• Aptitude tests are considered to be independent of a par
ticular foreign language, predicting success in the
acquisition of any foreign language.
• To predictpredict a person’s future success in learning a (any)
foreign language and is taken before actual learning.