Module 2: Practicality
DaJuan's test methods checklist

Considerations for Test Administration
            1.  Giving the test.  Is it…

            Individually-administered?
  _X_   Group-administered?

            Given the nature of the organization, volunteers are usually hired at the same time and it is
            thus economical to test them together.  However, they are not always being tested for the
            same language.

            2.  Directions, examples, questions, and prompts.  Are they…

  _X_   In English?
            In the target language?
  _X_   Spoken?
  _X_   Written?

            Because all volunteers must have proficiency in English, for consistency's sake it's best for
            the directions to be in English.  Also, the organization is not testing the volunteers'
            comprehension of the directions, but rather how well they can perform the tasks.

            Since it is a test for general language proficiency, it would be best to test multiple
            language skills.

            3.  Student answers and responses.  Are they…

            In English?
  _X_   In the target language?
  _X_   Spoken?
  _X_   Written?

             The test should assess how well volunteers can perform in the target language.

             Since it is an overall proficiency test, it would be best to test multiple language skills.

Considerations for Scoring Tests

             4.  Method of scoring.  Does it involve…

  _X_   Counting the number correct?
  _X_   A holistic approach (one overall score)?
            An analytic approach (separate scores for separate aspects of the performance)?

            Answers should be selected, short answers whenever possible.  Due to the large number
            of volunteers and scheduling constraints, administrators cannot spend all of their time
            scoring constructed responses, nor can they wait a long time for the results to be returned
            from an outside scoring agency.

            Scores should be holistic.  It takes less time to score and gives an overall picture of the
            volunteers’ proficiencies, which is what DaJuan's organization is looking for.

            5.  People and steps involved in scoring.  Is the test…

            Hand-scored?
  _X_   Machine or computer-scored?

            If the test is on the computer, this would save the most time.

            6.  Location for scoring.  Is it…

  _X_   Local/On-site?
            Central/Off-site?

            To save on costs and time, it would be better if the organization scored the tests on-site.