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Module 4: Validity
Scenario - Business

Keith works for a large language teaching software company. The board is concerned with how well its programs work. The company wants to evaluate the language training program of its employees and Keith is in charge of finding an appropriate language test.


What should Keith think about as he searches for a test?

Get out a sheet of paper.  Using the chart below, brainstorm some possible answers.  Then click here to view sample answers to the questions.


Possible Answers

1. What information does Keith want to know?


2. What decisions might
be based on this information?






Positive Washback

When you pick a test that matches the test publishers' purposes with your purposes for testing, you increase the validity of your test use.  You can then use the results of the testing to help improve your training program.