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Computer-based Testing of Speaking Skills Conference

June 14 - 15, 2010
Brussels, Belgium

Investigating Examinee Autonomy in a Computerized Test of Oral Proficiency
This talk presents results from investigations into the effect of allowing examinee autonomy in a computerized test of oral proficiency. It begins with a description of the computerized assessment, the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI), as operationalized in Spanish and Arabic. The COPI is the next generation of the SOPI. The talk then presents results from research on allowing examinee autonomy in the assessment. Overall, examinee attitudes were very positive towards the choices that the COPI provided them and that, though preparation time and response time varied by proficiency level and complexity of the task on the COPI, students felt that the assessment format allowed them the opportunity to provide a demonstration of their current proficiency levels. Overall proficiency ratings on both test formats (COPI and SOPI) were comparable across languages.

Presenter: Dorry Kenyon

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