Designing and Analyzing Language Tests

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Designing and Analyzing Language Tests

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

Format: Mixed media format

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.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-442297-0

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.

This pack includes:

  • Book with CD-ROM

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


Part 1 covers language assessment theory, followed by practical guidance and procedures for developing and administering language tests. The key areas of test design, task specification, reliability, scoring rubrics and rating procedures, test validity, and test administration procedures are covered in depth.

Part 2 introduces the use of Excel for statistical analysis procedures and provides practice with the program, explaining the role of descriptive statistics and core concepts such as correlation. It demonstrates how to identify which test questions need improvement, and how to calculate test reliability or dependability.


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