Impact Sample Response – Post-secondary

Concerns & considerations:

  • Would be very high stakes for students
  • Need to consider the consequences for failing
  • Need to consider assessment in planning instruction
  • Academic freedom and worries about narrowed curriculum
  • Could lead to a more proficient pool of applicants for prospective employers
  • Could raise the language department’s profile if graduates are nationally recognized as highly proficient
  • Might put more stress on instructors to make sure students pass the test
  • Using a performance-based speaking test might encourage students to practice speaking skills more

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