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Testing Listening Comprehension: Texts for Testing Listening Comprehension

Testing Listening Comprehension  (2 of 4 in a series) Texts for Testing Listening Comprehension Given the complexity of the listening construct—as described in the first of this series of articles, in which I described the listening construct—it is crucial to use listening comprehension texts that allow valid […]

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Writing Math Items: The Context Dilemma

Writing Math Items The Context Dilemma Writing math items is a complicated task that requires much more of the writer than simply understanding the mathematical skill that’s being assessed. It also involves understanding the interests and issues of the students being tested. If math items involved only […]

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Testing Listening Comprehension: The Listening Comprehension Construct

Testing Listening Comprehension (1 of 4 in a series) The Listening Comprehension Construct Testing listening comprehension is a complex undertaking. One good source of information is my book, Assessing Listening, by Gary Buck, published by Cambridge University Press. I have compiled some basic information on Testing Listening Comprehension […]

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How Good Tests Are Made

How Good Tests Are Made Anyone can throw together a test in an afternoon—people do it all the time. However, such tests do not lead to good decisions. Developing tests with results that can lead to dependable and accurate decisions about test taker abilities is a difficult […]

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