Designing and Analyzing Language Tests

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Designing and Analyzing Language Tests

A hands-on introduction to language testing theory and practice.

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Designing and Analyzing Tests with accompanying CD-ROM gives you a solid grounding in language assessment theory, practical guidance on developing and administering tests, and shows you how to use Excel for statistical analysis of procedures.

Language teachers often have to develop or choose tests or other assessments for their classes without any training. With this book and CD-ROM you learn how to choose from ready-made tests, or to adapt existing tests to better meet your needs. It gives you the tools you need to write your own tests and to analyze them.

The book is organized in two Parts: Part 1 focuses on language assessment theory, and guidance on developing and administering tests. Part 2 introduces the use of Excel for analyzing language test data.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-442297-0
  • Price: $ 48.00

Language teachers often have to develop or choose tests or other assessments for their classes without any training. With this book and CD-ROM you learn how to choose from ready-made tests, or to adapt existing tests to better meet your needs. It gives you the tools you need to write your own tests and to analyze them.

The book is organized in two Parts: Part 1 focuses on language assessment theory, and guidance on developing and administering tests. Part 2 introduces the use of Excel for analysing language test data.

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Key features

  • Includes a CD-ROM with Excel worksheets for hands-on practice, completed worksheets for you to check your answers, and video tutorials for each Excel worksheet
  • Recommended for TESOL Masters and Diploma students, language teacher educators, teachers in charge of testing for their language programs, or who write their own tests

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Designing and Analyzing Tests with accompanying CD-ROM gives you a solid grounding in language assessment theory, practical guidance on developing and administering tests, and shows you how to use Excel for statistical analysis of procedures.

Language teachers often have to develop or choose tests or other assessments for their classes without any training. With this book and CD-ROM you learn how to choose from ready-made tests, or to adapt existing tests to better meet your needs. It gives you the tools you need to write your own tests and to analyze them.

The book is organized in two Parts: Part 1 focuses on language assessment theory, and guidance on developing and administering tests. Part 2 introduces the use of Excel for analyzing language test data.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 Why and What are we Testing?
Chapter 2 Tasks: The Building Blocks of Tests
Chapter 3 Planning and Designing the Test: Context and Purpose, and Overall Structure
Chapter 4 Writing the Specifications for Individual Test Tasks
Chapter 5 Writing the Test: Creating the Tasks you have Planned
Chapter 6 Consistency of Measurement: Reliability and Dependability
Chapter 7 Rating Scales for Extended Production Tasks
Chapter 8 Validation
Chapter 9 Test Administration
Chapter 10 Other Important Topics Worth Books of their Own
Chapter 11 How to organize data in Excel
Chapter 12 Visual representations of data
Chapter 13 Calculating descriptive statistics in Excel
Chapter 14 Correlation
Chapter 15 Item analysis for norm-referenced testing
Chapter 16 Item analysis for criterion-referenced testing
Chapter 17 Basic distractor analysis for multiple-choice items
Chapter 18 Reliability scoring consistency for norm-referenced tests
Chapter 19 Dependability: Scoring or classification consistency for criterion-referenced tests
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

  • ...the book really does offer a new way of looking at classroom assessment... Bachman and Damboeck urge teachers to first ask what beneficial consequences we want to bring about through our assessments, then decide what and how to assess... What stands out is the readability of the book, achieved largely through a conversational style that engages and allows readers to digest difficult technical concepts with relative ease.
    - RELC Journal
  • It has valuable lessons for those in an institution's testing unit [and] also focuses well on major concerns for the general teacher involved in assessment.
    - EL Gazette
  • In spite of the potentially daunting nature of the subject, the authors present things in a straightforward and accessible fashion, making the book a very educational and useful resource... Reading this book was a real eye-opener for me as a teacher. Needless to say, I would definitely recommend it.
    - English Teaching Professional
  • Classroom testing is scrutinised in such a way that teachers following these guidelines will be able to see the use of assessment as something purposeful... an easily accessible compendium which will provide them with useful advice on how to implement meaningful assessment in the classroom.
    - IATEFL Voices

CD-ROM


The CD-ROM (only available with the book) includes:

12 Excel worksheets for hands-on practice
Completed worksheets to check your answers
10 video tutorials demonstrating and narrating the procedures to accompany each Excel worksheet

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